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Llanstephan

"LLANSTEPHAN (LLAN-STEPHAN), a parish, in the higher division of the hundred of DERLLYS, union and county of CARMARTHEN, SOUTH WALES, 8 miles (S.S.W.) from Carmarthen; containing 1253 inhabitants. . . The parish . . . comprises by admeasurement 5000 acres, of which 2500 are arable, 2000 pasture, and the rest wood, rocks, and waste. . . The surrounding scenery is highly pleasing, and in many parts of the parish beautifully picturesque; the views over the fine open bay are interesting and extensive. . . The appearance of the village is particularly interesting; but, from its retired situation, being distant from any great thoroughfare, it is not much frequented by visitors: it unites all the advantages of a maritme situation with the tranquil retirement of an inland village, and has a greater number of opulent families resident in it than any other in the neighbourhood of Carmarthen. . . The church, dedicated to St. Stephen, is an ancient structure, with a lofty tower . . . In the hamlet of Llanybree was formerly a chapel of ease, which, in ancient records, is called the Marble Church, and is now appropriated to the use of a congregation of Independents. There is also another place of worship for Independents, and one each for Calvinistic and Wesleyan Methodists; and two day and Sunday National schools . . ." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1844).]

Churches

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Church History

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph of Llanstephan Church

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

  • Llanstephan Parish Church                   Benjamin Evans, Perpetual Curate
  • Wesleyan Methodists                Erected in 1808                Henry Dawkins, Union Hall, Llanstephan
  • Old Chapel, Llanybri    Ind       Erected before 1800     Josiah Thomas Jones, Minister, Blue St, Carmarthen
  • New Chapel of Llanybri      Ind       Erected in 1814             William James, Minister, Llanstephan
  • Mispa    Baptist Religious         Erected in 1833                David Davies, Manager, Dyffryntawel
  • Moria   CM                   Erected in 1804              John Thomas, Elder, (?Moele)

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 'Stephan and chapelry of Llan y Bre

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

  • St Stephen
  • Incumbent and Curates; J Rowland-Thomas
  • Rural Deanery of  Carmarthen
  • Acreage 5,135 (inc Llandilo Abercowin) ; Population 824

Parish entry for Llanybri with Llandilo Abercowin from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by (Archive CD Books)).

  • Parish Church
  • &
  • St Teilo (Llandilo Abercowin)
  • Incumbent and Curates; D Williams
  • Rural Deanery of  Carmarthen
  • Acreage 821 ; Population  307 & 46

Church Records

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

Parish registers: Christenings and Burials (1762-1812) and Marriages (1756-1812) are at the National Library of Wales.

Parish registers: Christenings (1697-1762, 1813-88), and Marriages and Burials (1697-1762, 1813-1982) are at the Carmarthenshire Record Office.

Facsimile Parish registers: Christenings, Marriages and Burials (1697-1762) are at the National Library of Wales.

Facsimile Parish registers: Christenings and Burials (1697-1812) and Marriages (1697-1812) are at the Carmarthenshire Record Office.

Copy ts PR index M (1755-1875) at NLW

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1671, 1677, 1680, 1682, 1684, 1687, 1690, 1693, 1695-8, 1703, 1707-8, 1711, 1713-18, 1720, 1724-62, 1764-1800, 1802-81, 1884) 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. 14 - Derllys Hundred (Dyfed Family History Society, c1989)

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

Nonconformist Chapels:

  • Bethany (Baptist, 1831), Water LaneLlanstephan village          Records with those of Ebenezer (Llangynog)               SN35211100    Built 1833/4, rebuilt/enlarged 1866 & 1896   Still open 1998  Coflein            On Dyfed FHS
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  • Moriah (Calvinistic Methodist, 1803), Llanstephan village                Births and baptisms (1816-36) PRO RG4/3862, LDS 828108, IGI.           On Dyfed FHS         Moriah CM chapel, Old School Road, Llansteffan is still open in 2006
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  • Bethel (Independent, bef 1865), Bethel Terrace, Llanstephan village               On Dyfed FHS
  • Capel Newydd (Independent, 1813), Llanybri            Births and baptisms (1814-37) PRO RG4/1688, LDS 828113, IGI               On Dyfed FHS                  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 ) - translation by Gareth Hicks (Dec 2008)
  • Old Chapel (Independent, 1665), Llanybri                     SN33711256   Hen Gapel, Llanybri     Built pre-1800 (1688?), recorded as medieval chapel of ease 1388.    Rebuilt/restored 1862 & 1879, closed in 1962 and dismantled in 1974, save for the tower and part of the nave walls.                   Independents took it over in 1690              Coflein  
    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 ) - translation by Eleri Rowlands (April 2009)
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  • Chapel (Wesleyan Methodist, c1807), Llanstephan village            Records with those of Ebenezer (Carmarthen)           SN34821069    Built 1808/1810, rebuilt/modified 1859               Coflein     

Llan-y-bri [formed out of Llanstephan in 1863. The ancient chapel here passed in the seventeenth century into the hands of the Independents. The present church and parish are of mid-nineteenth century origin.
Registers : Christenings and Burials (1861- with incumbent),  Marriages (1863-1970) at Carm.RO
BTs: 1861-81 at NLW

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 6710 acres; Population 597 males, 680 females, total 1277

Places, villages, farms etc within Llanstephan   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)

  • Llanstephan (68); Black Scar; Castle; Craig Ddu; Cwm-llyfrau; Down Fm.; Ferry Fm.; Ffordd; Hendre; Lan; Laques; Llanstephan (village);  Llanybri; Llwyn-gwyn; Lord's Park; Mache; Maen Llwyd; Maen Melyn; Maes-gwyn; Mill(2); Morfa-bach; Pant-yr-athro; Parc-y-Ficer; Pentowyn; Plas; Pentre-wyn; Plas-newydd; River Taf; River Towy; Rooks; St Anthony's Well; The Green; Tre-huddion; Wharley Point

Llanstephan Castle. on Castle Wales

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Historical Geography

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History

King, D.J.C. Llanstephan castle, Dyfed, London, Dept. of the Environment (1977) 31 p.

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.

Waters,William.  History of Llanstephan past and present. 1881 (Spurrell, Carmarthen). 56pp. frontispiece engraving. contains great amount of genealogical information, inc. copies of all inscriptions in church.

Land and Property

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

  • Plas Llanstephan Additional Papers        "Estate papers of the Lloyd, Morris, Philipps and Fisher-Hoch families of Plas Llanstephan, Carmarthenshire, 1646-1982......................"   
  • Plas Llanstephan Muniments   1630-1956     "Most of the archive relates to properties in Carmarthen town and the parishes of Llangynog and Llansteffan. There are few, if any, pre-1920 papers relating to Plas Llansteffan.........."

Maps

[Gareth Hicks : 21 Dec 2012]

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN351108 (Lat/Lon: 51.771479, -4.391429), Llanstephan which are provided by: