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"LLANGENDEIRN (LLAN-GYNDEYRN), a parish, in the hundred of KIDWELLY, union and county of CARMARTHEN, SOUTH WALES, 5 miles (S.E.) from Carmarthen, on the road through Llannon to Swansea; containing 2624 inhabitants . . . The lands are, with the exception of a very small portion, inclosed and in a good state of cultivation; and the substratum of the soil consists of various valuable minerals, chiefly, coal, iron, and limestone, the procuring of which affords employment to many of the inhabitants. . . The church, dedicated to St. Cyndeyrn, is a spacious and plain edifice; and the churchyard is one of the finest and most agreeably situated in the country. There are two places of worship for Independents, two for Baptists, and one for Methodists. A school for the gratuitous education of poor children was endowed by Mrs. Catherine Goldfrap, a native of the parish, in 1784 . . . there are 80 boys and girls in the school . . . About 60 children are instructed at another day school, at their parents' cost; and there are eight Sunday schools . . . Formerly there were numerous seats in the parish, within which no fewer than seven magistrates were resident; but they have all been deserted by their proprietors, and most of them converted into farm-houses." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1844).]

Church History

PONT YATES, St. Mary   1910-1912     - on the Church plans online site

Some church and chapel data from The Religious census of 1851 : A Calendar of the returns relating to Wales, Vol 1, South Wales. Ed. by   I.G Jones, & D. Williams. UWP,   Cardiff, 1976. The names are those of the informants


Parish entry from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by (Archive CD Books)).

Church Records

Dyfed FHS have photographs and data relating to various churches and chapels on their site

PR (1665-1700) recorded in 1933 apparently lost

Parish registers: Christenings (1735-1858), Marriages (1735-1960) and Burials (1735-1972)), and Facsimiles of Marriages (1963-1971) are at the Carmarthenshire Record Office.

Copy ts PR C (1665-1971) M (1671-1970) B (1668-1972) at Carm.RO

Copy ts PR index CB (1813-75) M (1671-1875) at NLW and Carm.RO

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1671, 1677-9, 1681-7, 1690, 1692-6, 1700-4, 1707-8, 1711, 1717-21, 1724-43, 1746-7, 1749-51, 1753-67, 1769-94, 1796-1800, 1802-52, 1854-7, 1859-66) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS.

Marriage index for this parish - see Dyfed Marriages, 1813-1837, Vol. 16 - Kidwelly Hundred (Dyfed Family History Society, c1989).

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

Nonconformist Chapels:

Pontyates/Pont-Iets [formed out of Llangendeirne and Llanelli]
Christenings (1872-1945), Marriages (1858-1970) at Carm.RO

Parish Church photograph and basic information from Dyfed FHS.

Description and Travel

The Religious census of 1851 : A Calendar of the returns relating to Wales, Vol 1, South Wales., byJones, I.G. & Williams, D.   UWP,   Cardiff, 1976.  These statistics for this parish are extracted from this book which in turn got them from the 1851 census itself;

Places, villages, farms etc within Llangendeirne  as shown on the online parish map from the CD of Historic Parishes of England and Wales: an Electronic Map of Boundaries before 1850 with a Gazetteer and Metadata [computer file]. (Kain, R.J.P., Oliver, R.R.). (Extracted by Gareth Hicks)


Carmarthenshire Families


Lloyd, Sir John E., (Ed.). A History of Carmarthenshire (2 vols.), Cardiff, London Carmarthenshire Society (1935, 1939). Extracts from this book can be accessed on some parish pages, see here for this parish.

Rhys, R. Cloi'r clwydi, [Llangyndeyrn], Cymdeithas Les Llangyndeyrn (1994) 72 p., ill., maps, ports.

Land and Property

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

Chief Rents 1664-1676   "Names and Surnames of  the Freeholders that pay Chief Rent yearly within the Parish of Llangendeirne being Maynor Gwnwr and Quarter Trystyrch within the Commot of Kidwellie"  - on the Kidwelly History site



Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

Public Records

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;


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[Gareth Hicks:  22 Dec 2012]

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