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"LLANGUNNOR (LLAN-GYNNOR), a parish, comprising the Upper and Lower divisions in the hundred of KIDWELLY, union and county of CARMARTHEN, SOUTH WALES, 1 mile (E.) from Carmarthen; containing 1228 inhabitants. This parish is beautifully situated on the river Towy, by which it is separated from the borough of Carmarthen; and is traversed by the great turnpike-road from that town, through Golden Grove, to Llandilo-Vawr; by the mail-road to Swansea; and by another turnpike-road to the same place, passing through Kidwelly and Llanelly . . . and comprises, according to computation, 5770 acres, of which 1400 are arable, 4200 pasture, and 170 woodland . . . The lands, with the exception of a small portion, are inclosed and cultivated; and the soil, though varied, is generally fertile, producing wheat, barley, oats, clover, and hay. . . The church, dedicated to St. Cynyr, is a neat edifice, appropriately fitted up for the performance of divine service, and, though possessing no architectural details of importance, derives from its beautiful situation an interesting and romantic appearance. . . There is a place of worship for Welsh Calvinistic Methodists, who also have Sunday school . . . another school, belonging to the Established Church, and containing about sixty adults and children, is maintained by the vicar; and there is a day school, in which twenty children are instructed at the expense of their parents. . . " [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1844).]


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Llangunnor area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked 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

  • Llangunnor Parish Church      Situated on Llangunnor Hill at the extremity of the Parish abutting on the Towy River to the North             James Griffiths, Vicar & Officiating Minister
  • Babell  Welsh CM         Erected in 1834              "The Building is too small for the present congregation and school" James Lloyd, Superintendant
  • Philladelphia  Ind                 Erected in 1809                Evan Evans, Minister, Plasymynydd


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

  • St Ceinwr
  • Incumbent and Curates; J Jenkins
  • Rural Deanery of  Carmarthen
  • Acreage  5,820; Population 830

Treharne, Cyril L. The history of Llangunnor Church Llangunnor: Cyril L. Treharne, 1989. 170p: ill, facsims, ports; 21cm. [ISBN 1871600022 (pbk)]

Church Records

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

Parish registers: Christenings (1678-1975), Marriages (1678-1938, 1956-75), Banns (1854-1949) and Burials (1678-1926) are at the Carmarthenshire Record Office.

Facsimile Parish registers: Christenings and Burials (1727-1817), and Marriages (1727-54) are at the National Library of Wales.

Copy ts PR index CB (1813-75) M (1678-1875) at NLW and Carm.RO

Typescript copy of Parish registers: Christenings and Burials (1678-1726, and extracts to 1784) and Marriages (1675-1754) are at the Society of Genealogists.

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1675, 1677-8, 1681-4, 1686, 1693-9, 1702-4, 1708, 1712, 1717-22, 1724-36, 1738-41, 1744-1800, 1802-11, 1813-20, 1822-64, 1866-7) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS

An Index to Christenings (1813-1875), Marriages (1678-1875) and Burials (1813-1875) is available on microfiche from Dyfed FHS..

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:

  • Babell (Calvinistic Methodist, bef 1834), Pensarn              Records with those of Water Street (Carmarthen)         On Dyfed FHS         Babell, Rhiw Babell, Pensarn CM chapel is still open in 2006 
  • Philadelphia (Independent, c1785), Nantycaws               Baptisms (1819-65) NLW Ms 1212E, LDS 104504, IGI; deed copy Carmarthenshire R.O. 4740             SN45571822    Built 1809, rebuilt 1841/2 and restored 1931    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 ) - with translation by Gareth Hicks (Dec 2008)

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Llangunnor which are provided by:

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 5795 acres; Population 578 males, 579 females, total 1157

Places, villages, farms etc within Llangunnor  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)

  • Llangunnor (74); Beaulieu-fawr; Blaenisfail; Bolahaul; Brigwellt-y-coed; Bwlch-y-mynydd; Cil-waunydd; Coed-gain; Cwm-gigfran; Erw-wen; Ffos-y-ffin; Gelli-uchaf; Llangunnor (village); Llwyn-melyn; Mill; Nant; Nant Pibwr; Nant-y-caws; Pen-sarn; Penty; Pen-y-ddaulwyn; Pen-y-lan; Pibwr-lwyd; Rifle Range; Roman Road; Ty-gwyn; Ty-hir; Ty-llwyd-mawr;  Ty'r-heol; Wenallt

Historical Geography

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


Jones, F. Llangunnor: Llangynnwr (Rev. ed.), [Dyfed], Dyfed Cultural Services Department (1986) 34 p., ill., 1 map. [ISBN: 0860750183 (pbk)]

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

Chief Rents 1664-1676 ; "The Names and Surnames of the Freeholders that pay Chief Rent yearly within Llangunnorand Molvrey within Maynor Gunnor in the commott of Kidwellie" - on the Kidwelly History site


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN430202 (Lat/Lon: 51.858202, -4.281292), Llangunnor which are provided by:

Public Records

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

  • Llangynnwr Parish Council and Community Council Records  1830-1989 (accumulated 1894-1989)

Held at Carmarthen Archives;

  • Llangynnwr parish council records C19- C20.

[Gareth Hicks: 22 Dec 2012]