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"LLANLLAWDDOG (LLAN-LLAW-DDOG), a parish, in the lower division of the hundred of ELVET, union and county of CARMARTHEN, SOUTH WALES, 8 miles (N.E. by N.) from Carmarthen; containing 779 inhabitants. This parish . . . is pleasantly situated nearly in the centre of the county, upon the great turnpike-road leading from Carmarthen to Lampeter; and comprises a very extensive tract of land, of which a considerable portion is open and uncultivated. The surrounding country, though not distinguished by any striking peculiarity of feature, is agreeably diversified with hill and vale, in some of the latter of which are interesting combinations of rural and picturesque beauty. At a short distance from the church is the seat, lately rebuilt, of John Lloyd Price, Esq., high sheriff of the county in 1840, whose estate, on which he annually employs a considerable number of the poor, who would otherwise become burthensome to the parish, is principally situate here. . . The church, which is not remarkable for any architectural details, was formerly dependent on that of Aberguilly, but was separated from it by an act of parliament. About twenty children of both sexes are instructed in a day school at the expense of their parents; and there are three Sunday schools, conducted gratuitously, in one of which are 60 males and females, who attend the Established Church; the othere two appertain to Methodists, and consist of 120. . ." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1844).]


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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

  • Llanllawddog Parish Church       "Llanllawddog Church is a single not double Church belonging to a separate Parish"   "The above Church has been newly rebuilt......the Church being in a Secluded Spot in the Parish"       William Henry Powell, Perpetual Curate
  • New Chapel, Rhydygane?   CM            Erected in 1817        Edward Edwards, Deacon Secretary, Bookbinder

Griffiths, G. Milwyn. A Visitation of the Archdeaconry of Carmarthen, 1710   National Library of Wales journal. 1974, Summer Vol XVIII/3. Includes the parish of Llan Llawddog

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

  • St Llawddog
  • &
  • Capel-y-Groes
  • Incumbent and Curates; I Roberts
  • Rural Deanery of  Carmarthen
  • Acreage 7,188 ; Population 451

Church Records

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

Parish registers: Christenings (1698-1941), Marriages (1698-1969) and Burials (1698-1923) are at the Carmarthenshire Record Office.

Typescript copy of Parish registers: Christenings and Burials (1813-75) and Marriages (1695-1875) are at the Society of Genealogists.

Copy ts PR index CB (1813-75) M (1695-1875) at NLW and Carm.RO

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1671, 1673, 1678, 1682-7, 1691, 1693, 1695, 1697-99, 1702-39, 1707, 1712, 1714, 1716-22, 1724-41, 1750, 1754-5, 1757, 1759-60, 1763-79, 1787-91, 1793-1800, 1802-12, 1814-82, 1887-94) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS.

An Index to Christenings (1813-1875), Marriages (1695-1875) and Burials (1813-1875) is available on microfiche from Dyfed FHS

Marriage index for this parish - see Dyfed Marriages, 1813-1837, Vol. 15 - Elvet Hundred (Dyfed Family History Society, c1989)

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

Nonconformist Chapels:

  • Horeb [Calvinistic] Baptist chapel, Rhydargaeau       On border with Llanpumsaint parish           Records with those of Ffynnonhenry (Conwil Elfed)     SN43862642      Built 1783, rebuilt/modified 1849 I  Still open 1998       Coflein                  On Dyfed FHS  
  • Bethel / New Chapel (Calvinistic Methodist, bef 1815), Rhydargaeau               Births and baptisms (1812-37) PRO RG4/3827, LDS 815973, IGI            On Dyfed FHS  
  • Libanus (Independent, bef 1810), three miles north of Pantteg chapel           Records with those of Pantteg (Abergwili)                     On Dyfed FHS                   Libanus Ind chapel (no parish) shown as still open on the Union of Welsh Independents site (Dec 2006)
  • Bwlch-y-corn Ind chapel, Bwlch-y-corn                SN44992637       Built 1863, rebuilt 1902 & enlarged 1920      Coflein                Shown as still open on the Union of Welsh Independents site (Dec 2006)

Parish Church photograph and basic information from Dyfed FHS.

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Llanllawddog 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 7013 acres; Population 346 males, 379 females, total 725

Places, villages, farms etc within Llanllawddog parish  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 Rina Callingham)

  • Llanllawddog [34] - Beili-glas, Bryn-bair, Cae-pen-twr, Clyn Adda, Cwm Llydan isaf, Cwm-yr-onen uchaf, Dan-y-banc, Dderwen, Derlwyn, Ffos-helyg, Glan Gwili, Gors, Llanllawddog, Lletty-neuadd, Manal, Mill, Mynydd Ystefflau-garn, Nant Corwg, Nant Cwmcau, Nant-cwm-Gwili, Pant-y-gof, Pen-lan dwrgi, Plas, Pont-ar-Sais, Rhiwiau, Rhyd-ar-gaeau, Sarnau, Vicarage, Ystrad-Corwg

Historical Geography

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


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

Documents at the National Library of Wales:

  • Deeds and documents deposited by G.T.D Angel, 1860-94, relating to the parishes of Llanllawdog and Abergorlech, Carmarthenshire.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN457294 (Lat/Lon: 51.941609, -4.246237), Llanllawddog which are provided by:

[Gareth Hicks : 19 Dec 2012]