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"LLANWRDA (LLAN-WRDA), a parish, comprising the Upper and Lower divisions, in the union of LLANDOVERY, higher division of the hundred of CAYO, county of CARMARTHEN, SOUTH WALES, 3 1/2 miles, by the suspension bridge over the river Towy, (W. by S.) from Llandovery; containing 553 inhabitants. This parish, which is intersected by the turn-pike road from Llandilo to Llandovery and Lampeter, is beautifully situated in a pleasing and retired vale, watered by a fine stream that joins the Towy immediately contiguous, and surrounded by lofty hills richly clothed with wood: it comprises 4441 acres of land, all inclosed. A small manufacture of coarse woollen cloth is carried on within its limits . . . the church is dedicated to St. Cawrdav. There is a place of worship for Independents. . . A Sunday school affords gratuitous instruction to about 80 males and females." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1844).]

Business and Commerce Records

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

  • William Thomas, cabinet maker, Llanwrda [Dulais House], records  1878-1904  

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

  • Llanwrda Parish Church              John Jones, Vicar
  • Tabor   Ind      Erected in 1792              Thomas Evans, Deacon, Bwlchygwynt, Llanwrda

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 Wrda

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

  • St Sadwrn
  • &
  • St Cwrda (Llanwrda)
  • &
  • Capel Dewi Sant
  • Incumbent and Curates; L Morris (D R Lewis)
  • Rural Deanery of  Llangadock
  • Acreage  7,521 & 4,488; Population 1,086

Church Records

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

Parish registers: Christenings (1684, 1689-1916), Marriages (1684, 1689-1970), Banns (1824-70) and Burials (1689-1961) are at the National Library of Wales with Mf [except Banns] at Carm.RO.

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1673, 1677-9, 1681-7, 1690-1, 1693, 1695-9, 1701, 1703, 1707-8, 1716-22, 1724-43, 1745-7, 1749-52, 1755-1800, 1802-57) 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. 20 - Cayo Hundred (Dyfed Family History Society, c1989)

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

Nonconformist chapels;

  • Smyrna (Baptist, 1828), Porth-y-rhyd   - see under Cil-y-cwm parish
  • Tabor Ind chapel, Cefnbenydd / Llwyncelyn, Llanwrda            SN71953265     Built 1792, rebuilt 1842 & renovated 1883/4    Coflein                 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 ) - with translation by Gareth Hicks (Dec 2008)

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Llanwrda 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 4441 acres; Population 283 males, 289 females, total 572

Places, villages, farms etc within Llanwrda 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 Gareth Hicks)

  • Llanwrda (14); Afon Morlais; Bedw gleision; Blaen-y-cwm; Careg-fawr; Careg-fechan; Cefn-ucheldre; Cil ffara; Cwm-dwr; Cwm-Mynys; Gilfach; Hafod Bridge Inn; Hafod-tafolog; Llanwrda (village); Llwyn-y-celyn; Mount Pleasant; Poley; Porth-y-rhyd; Troed-y-rhiw; Ty-llwyd; Wern


Dyfed (Wales) Cultural Services Department. Llandeilo, Llanymddyfri a rhan uchaf Dyffryn Tywi: mewn hen luniau. Stroud: Alan Sutton ar y cyd Cyngor Sir Dyfed a Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru, 1991. 159p: chiefly ill, ports. [ISBN 0862999758]

Ferguson-Thomas, Henry. Spotlight on Porthyrhyd (in Llanwrda parish). Dyfed FHS journal vol 8/8 April 2005.

Llanwrda - on the Heart of Wales site

Llanwrda - on Wikipedia


Carmarthenshire Families

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

  • Simon, Cassie, papurau   1932-1989     "Cassie Simon (1898-1989) of Llanwrda was co-founder, instructor and accompanist of Côr Plant Cwmdwr (Cwmdwr Children's Choir)....."

Lloyd, Alwyne. LLOYD/LOYD of Llanwrda Dyfed FHS journal (3/279). The author was fortunate in recording the story of his family as his forbears kept records and changed the spelling of their surname at the end of the 18th century.

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Llanwrda 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 below for this parish.

  • Nonconformity and Methodism/ The Society of Friends; "......a regular meeting place was in Llansadwrn, whence it was removed to to 'a place called Pen y bank in Llanwrda '.........a meeting of ten Friends at Pen y Banc  in 1757 was 'larger than usual'........."
  • Nonconformity and Methodism/ Calvinistic Methodism; "There in a block of eight parishes stretching from Llan y Crwys to Llanddeusant ---- and including two parishes, Llan y Crwys and Llanwrda, which contained no Methodist chapel --- the number of Methodist communicants rose to nearly 43% of the Nonconformist total of membership...."
  • Economic and Social Life/ Agriculture, the sixteenth century ;  "....the freeholders of the manors of Cetheiniog, Mallaen, and Caeo.......................was leased to Robert Davy, the Receiver General of South Wales, who, in turn, leased it to Robert Hopkins of Llanwrda ......."
  • Introduction/ Boundaries and Local Divisions; " In early medieval terms Carmarthenshire was made up of  Ystrad Tywi [without Gower], Emlyn Uch Cuch and Y Cantref Gwarthaf [without Efelffre]. At some point pre the Norman conquest  Ystrad Tywi itself was divided into Y Cantref Mawr and Y Cantref Bychan.
    About the time of the Norman conquest, Cantref Mawr was divided into 7 commotes; ..... one of which was Mallaen ............ the easternmost of the 7.......... and corresponded to the present parishes of Cilycwm and Llanwrda, together with the township of Ystrad............ "
  • Castles, Boroughs and Religious Houses/Monastic Lands and Revenues; The churches that came into possession of the religious houses were as follows; Talley --- chapel of Llanwrda etc.....
  • Castles, Boroughs and Religious Houses/Castles/The Motte and Bailey Castle "Eleven of the motte castles show trace of a baily...........where nature provides a knoll,  as at Llangadock, Llanwrda and Llanllwni, the Norman contented himself with  heightening the site by throwing up the earth excavated from the ditch...............The site chosen was the forward slope of a spur rather than the summit of the hill. This is strikingly illustrated at Llanwrda, Pembrey and Pant Glas (Llanpumsaint)..........."
  • Prehistoric and Roman Times/T opographical Index; Llanwrda (Llandovery). Cwm Cynwal Farm. Coin (AV) of Trajan (98-117 AD) found 'during repairs to a wall'(RCAM, 596).
  • Prehistoric and Roman Times/Roads; "....... Llandovery to Carmarthen, .......after coinciding for a while with the modern road, it may at a distance of one and a half miles south-west of Llanwrda have left it to follow a more or less direct line along the ridge, passing ultimately by Pen-y-banc and so on to the modern road again a mile before Broad Oak.............."

Rowlands, J. Llanwrda. In Historical Notes of the Counties of Glamorgan, Carmarthen, & Cardigan, and a list of the Members of Parliament for South Wales, from Henry VIII, to Charles II., Cardiff, Hugh Bird (1866), pp.52-54.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN713317 (Lat/Lon: 51.968793, -3.874897), Llanwrda which are provided by:

Probate Records

Rawlins, José. The last will of Rees David, Yeoman, of Blaenycwm, Llanwrda. Carmarthenshire Antiquary 32 (1996), p. 124-6

Public Records

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

  • Llanwrda Parish Council Records  1801-1965


Held at Carmarthen Archives;

  • Llanwrda C.P log books 1913-1947.

[Gareth Hicks : 17 Dec 2012]