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"LLANGENNECH (LLAN-GENNECH), a parish, in the union of LLANELLY, hundred of CARNAWLLON, county of CARMARTHEN, SOUTH WALES, 4 miles (E.N.E.) from Llanelly; containing 803 inhabitants. This parish is situated on the western margin of the river Loughor, by which it is separated from the county of Glamorgan; and is intersected by the rivulet called Morlais, a tributary to that stream, and also by the turnpike-road from Swansea to Llanelly. The surface is varied; the lands for the greater part are inclosed and cultivated, and the soil is generally fertile. . . Coal of very superior quality, which obtains a high price in the London market, is found in the parish; and works upon an extensive scale have been established by the Llangennech Coal Company . . . The church is dedicated to St. Gwynog. There is a place of worship for Independents; and a day school, commenced in 1831, contains children of both sexes, and is supported by Mr. Tunno." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1844).]

Business and Commerce Records

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

  • Morlais Tinplate Works  1880-1951     "Morlais tinplate works was situated in Llangennech and was operated by the Morlais Tinplate Company Limited.........."


Monumental inscriptions for Salem, Llangennech, are available on microfiche from Dyfed FHS.


An index for the Llangennech 1851 census is available for purchase from CMN FHS

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Llangennech area or see them printed on a map.

Church History

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

  • Llangennech Parish Church                Thomas Morgan, Perpetual Curate
  • [?illegible Bethel]   Ind         Erected in 1811       John Joseph, Minister, Llangennech 
    [probably Bethesda, see Church Records below]
  • Salem   Babtist       Erected in 1840         Daniel Jones, Minister, Salem Allt Llangenech

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

  • St Cennych
  • Incumbent and Curates; W J Jones
  • Rural Deanery of  Kidwelly
  • Acreage  2,383; Population 2,820

Richards, Daniel. Hanes eglwys Annibynnol Bethesda, Llangennech. Paratowyd ar gyfer dathlu canmlwyddiant yr achos, 1831-1931, (Llanelli, 1936), 71p.

Church Records

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

Parish registers: Christenings (1742-1960), Marriages (1742-1970) and Burials (1742-1875) are at the Carmarthenshire Record Office.

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1678, 1703, 1707-8, 1711, 1713, 1717, 1719, 1721, 1724-32, 1736-40, 1742-64, 1766-95, 1797-1800, 1802-37, 1839-40, 1842-4, 1850-3) 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. 19 - Carnwallon Hundred (Dyfed Family History Society, c1989)

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

Nonconformist Chapels:

  • Salem (Baptist, 1794), Llangennech village      Records with those of Adulam (Llanelli); memorial inscriptions at Carmarthenshire R.O.              On Dyfed FHS          Two entries on Coflein  
  • Bryn Seion (Calvinistic Methodist, 1876), Hendre Rd, Llangennech village            On Dyfed FHS               Bryn Seion,  Heol Hendre, Llangennech  CM chapel  - still open in 2006
  • Bethesda (Independent, bef 1832), Trosserch Rd, Llangennech village               On Dyfed FHS                 Two entries on Coflein             Shown as still open on the Union of Welsh Independents site (Dec 2006)
    Rees, Thomas & John Thomas.   Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru (History of the Welsh Independent Churches),4 volumes (published 1871+). Here is the entry from this book for this chapel (in Welsh ) - translated by Eleri Rowlands (Oct 2008)

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;

  • Area 2394 acres; Population 475 males, 490 females, total 965

Places, villages, farms etc within Llangennech 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)

  • Llangennech (86); Allt; Allt-y-fran; Bryn; Colly.; Corn-hwrdd; Glan-mwrwg; Gwaelod-y-maes; Llangennech (village); Llangennech Park; Morlais Works; Pen-llwyn-gwyn; Pen-prys-pit (dis.); Plas-isaf; Troserch; Viney;

Llangennech - on Wikipedia

You can see pictures of Llangennech which are provided by:

Emigration and Immigration

Aubrey, John. Moses and Rachel Harry from "Sir Gar" to Aotearoa.[New Zealand]. Dyfed FHS journal Vol 6/7, Aug 1999, p 272-278. The CMN parishes involved are Llanelli, Llangennech,and  Llanddarog.


Davies, C T. Hannah and Her Sisters or The Mystery of the Stones. Dyfed FHS journal, Vol7/5 Aug 2001. A tale of Rolfe and Thomas families.

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Llangennech has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

Ask for a calculation of the distance from Llangennech to another place.


Charles, Alwyn C. History of Llangennech. Llangennech: Cyngor Cymdeithas Llangennech, 1997. x, 352p [12p of plates]: ill (some col), maps, charts; 27cm. [ISBN 0953080706]

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.

Land and Property

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

  • Reference to plan of Llangennech Estate c. 1835    "A reference to a plan of the Llangennech estate situated in the parishes of Llangennech, Llanelli, Llan-non and Llanedi, Carmarthenshire. Includes particulars of holdings owned by Edward Rose Tunno and others."

Held at Carmarthen Archives;

  • Llangennech Park and Clayton estate papers c 1680-C20.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN561017 (Lat/Lon: 51.695509, -4.083530), Llangennech which are provided by:


Morlais Colliery, Llangennech on the Welsh Coal Mines site

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

  • Morlais Colliery   1895-1981             "Morlais Colliery was sited in Llangennech near Llanelli. The first pits were sunk in 1894 by Thomas Williams & Sons (Llangennech) Ltd............"  
  • Morlais Lodge  1st August 1936 - 16th January 1981    "Morlais Lodge was a branch of the National Union of Mineworkers (South Wales Area). ..........."

Public Records

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

  • Llangennech Parish Council Records 1875-1974

[Gareth Hicks : 23 Dec 2012]