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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

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

Church History

LLANWRDA, St. Cwrda   1869-1871     - 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 Wrda

Parish entry  for Llansadwrn with Llanwrda 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 (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;

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 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)


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;

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.


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.

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.


View maps covering the area of this parish and places within its boundaries

Probate Records

Rawlins, Jos. 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;


Held at Carmarthen Archives;

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[Gareth Hicks : 17 Dec 2012]

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