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"LLANNON (LLAN-NON), a parish, in the union of LLANELLY, lower division of the hundred of CARNAWLLON, county of CARMARTHEN, SOUTH WALES, 6 miles (N. by E.) from Carmarthen; containing 1769 inhabitants. . . It extends six miles in length from north to south, and 4 1/2 in breadth from east to west; and comprises by admeasurement, made in the year 1807, 11,466 a. 1 r. 13 p., of which 2507 are in the hamlet of Blaenau, 3011 in that of Glynn, 3130 in that of Goytre, and 2000 in that of Ismorlais . . . The lands, with the exception of a comparatively small portion, consisting of part of the Great Mountain, the Little Mountain, and Mynydd Sylvan, are mostly inclosed, and in a good state of cultivation; the soil is chiefly a clayey loam, and the principal produce, corn, hay, and butter, for the latter of which it is much celebrated; coal mines are in operation, and the smelting of iron-ore by the use of anthracite coal has lately been commenced. . . There is here no manor, the parish being situated within the lordship of Kidwelly. The great turnpike-road fpom Swansea to Carmarthen intersects the parish . . . the tram-road from the works in the Great Mountain is continued through the parish to the port of Llanelly. . . The church, dedicated to St. Non, was rebuilt in 1841 in the early English style . . . A National school-house was erected in 1841; and there are four Sunday schools . . ." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1844).]


Monumental inscriptions for Bethania Chapel, Upper Tumble, and for Bethesda Chapel, Ponthenry, are available on microfiche from Dyfed FHS.


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

Church History

See John Ball's site Welsh Churches and Chapels Collection for a photograph/data re St Non's Church, Llannon

LLANNON, St. Non   1839-1841     - on the Church plans online site

TUMBLE, St. David  1925-1928   - on the Church plans online site

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

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

Parish registers: Christenings (1679-1738, 1741-1913), Marriages (1679-1738, 1741-1978), Banns (1823-1990) and Burials (1679-1738, 1741-1971) are at the National Library of Wales with Mf copies [except Banns} at Carm.RO

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1681-4, 1686-7, 1690, 1693, 1695-9, 1703-4, 1716-18, 1720-5, 1727-70, 1772-1800, 1802-35, 1844-5, 1850-2) 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)

An index to Marriages (1743-1812) is included in the South And West Wales Genealogical Index CD-ROM - details under Genealogy on Carmarthenshire county page.

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

Nonconformist Chapels:

Tumble/Y Tymbl [formed out of Llannon]
Christenings (1932-69), Marriages (1927-79) at NLW with Mf copies 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 Llannon 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 Cherlyn Bruns)


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

Held at Carmarthen Archives;


Anthony, Glyn . Coal Dust and Dogma. 1987 (Alun Books, Port Talbot) 112pp, tells the story of controversy caused by the ideas of Rev. Tom Nefyn Williams of Tumble. There is a description on  Gareth's Help Page

Gibbard, Noel. A History of Llannon Parish, Old Carmarthenshire. J D Lewis and Sons, Gomer Press, Llandysul (1984). (Trans. from the original Welsh by Ivor Griffiths, Gorseinon. Here is an index by P M S Jones with a contents listing).

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;



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


Thomas, G.J. Ysgol Llannon =Llannon School: canrif o addysg, a mwy = a century and more of education, Llannon [Ceredigion, Dyfed], Pwyllgor Dathlu Ysgol Llannon (1978) viii, 108 p., ill., ports. [ISBN: 0850886406 (pbk)]
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