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"MYDRIM (MEIDRUM), a parish, partly in the hundred of ELVET, but chiefly in the higher division of the hundred of DERLLYS, union and county of CARMARTHEN, SOUTH WALES, 8 miles (W.) from Carmarthen; containing 1110 inhabitants. This parish . . . contains by admeasurement about 6000 acres of tolerably good land, easily convertible into arable or pasture, being sometimes under corn, and at others under grass; the produce is chiefly wheat, oats, and barley; there is not much timber, but what there is consists mostly of oak and ash. The surrounding scenery is pleasingly diversified, being enlivened by the course of the rivers which flow through the parish . . . Coal has been supposed to exist, and an attempt to procure it has been made with good prospects of success. A fair is held on March 12th. . . The church, dedicated to St. David, is an ancient edifice of Norman architecture . . . There are places of worship for Baptists and Calvinistic Methodists . . ." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1844).]

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

  • Mydrim Parish Church               D F Howells, Schoolmaster
  • Gibean   Ind                     Erected in 1841             David Thomas, Deacon, Bronhaul, Mydrim
  • Mydrim  CM          Erected before 1800                     John Havard, Deacon, Mydrim

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 Meidrim Vic

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

  • St David
  • Incumbent and Curates; E Thomas
  • Rural Deanery of  St Clears
  • Acreage 6,171 ; Population 630

Church Records

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

Parish registers: Christenings (1653-1994), Marriages (1653-1979) and Burials (1653-1988) are at the Carmarthenshire Record Office.

Copy ts PR index CB (1813-75) M (1654-1875) at NLW and Carm.RO

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1671-2, 1675-8, 1681, 1683-7, 1690-1, 1693-5, 1698-1700, 1703, 1705, 1708-9, 1715-18, 1721, 1724-96, 1803-57) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS.

An Index to Christenings (1813-1875), Marriages (1654-1875) and Burials (1813-1875) is available on microfiche from Dyfed FHS.

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:

  • Bethel (Calvinistic Methodist, bef 1760), Mydrim village         SN28922097     Built c1790,   rebuilt 1837, 1854 & 1903        Still open 1998     Coflein                     Bethel Meidrim CM chapel is still open in 2006
  • Gibeon (Independent, 1841), Bronygaer / Banyfelin       SN30871909          Built 1841, rebuilt/modified 1868 Coflein              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 Mydrim 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 6905 acres; Population 483 males, 513 females, total 996

Places, villages, farms etc within Mydrim  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 Katherine Hocking)

  • Mydrim (60):-  Bron-niwl, Bron-y-gaer, Bwlch, Bwlch y gwynt, Carllegan fach, Carllegan fawr, Cefn Crwth, Citcoed, Corn gafr, Crynin, Dan-y-graig, Dre-fach, Felin fach, Hafod, Lan dwr, Lan-y-gors, Llechrach, Llys onen, Mydrim, Parc-y-berllan, Pantglas, Pant-y-deri, Pant-y-rhedyn, Penrhiw, Pentowin, Pen y bigwrn, Pen yr heol, Pont Cywyn, Rhosyn-coch, Sarnau, Trafel-yr-ych.

Emigration and Immigration

Carter Knuth, Jill. The relationship between Theophilus Thomas Rees and the Rev. Theophilus Rees. The former from Meidrim parish, emigrated in 1796 to the USA , ended up in Granville County, the latter also emigrated from Wales to Baltimore in 1796 dying a few months later. Dyfed FHS journal 5/6, April 1996, p 239-242.

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Mydrim has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


Evans, J. Wyn. Meidrum: some sidelights on the church and parish. Carmarthenshire Antiquary 29 (1993), p. 13-22

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.


[Gareth Hicks:  20 Dec 2012]

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN292208 (Lat/Lon: 51.859537, -4.481790), Mydrim which are provided by: