"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).]
See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph of Llanstephan ChurchLLANSTEPHAN, Holy Trinity, Llanybri 1889-1891 - on the Church plans online site
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
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)).
Parish entry for Llanybri with Llandilo Abercowin from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by (Archive CD Books)).
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
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
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 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 Castle. on Castle Wales
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.
Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;
[Gareth Hicks : 21 Dec 2012]
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