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"NEWCHURCH, or LLAN-NEWYDD, a parish, in the lower division of the hundred of ELVET, union and county of CARMARTHEN, SOUTH WALES, 3 1/2 miles (N.W. by N.) from Carmarthen; containing 867 inhabitants. . . The parish is situated on the banks of the river Gwili, and on the turnpike-road from Carmarthen to Newcastle-Emlyn, and comprises a large extent of arable and pasture land, which is fertile and in a good state of cultivation. The court leet for the hundred is held under Earl Cawdor, at Bwlch Newydd, in the parish. . . The church, which was entirely rebuilt in 1829, is a remarkably neat edifice; and there are place of worship for Independents and Calvinistic Methodists. About 50 males and females are taught in a Sunday school belonging to the Established Church, and about 60 in one appertaining to Methodists. . . " [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1844).]

Church History

NEWCHURCH, St. Michael   1828-1830        - 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 Newydd

Parish entry 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

PR 1719-38 recorded in 1933 apparently lost

Parish registers: Christenings (1742-1980) , Marriages (1742-1970) and Burials (1742-1975) are at Carmarthenshire Record Office

Copy ms PR CB (1719-38, 1742-1812) M (1720-38, 1742-1838) are at the NLW

Copy ts PR index CB (1813-75) M (1742-1875) at NLW and Carm.RO

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1675-7, 1681-2, 1686-7, 1690, 1693, 1696-8, 1702-3, 1705, 1707-8, 1711, 1713, 1716-18, 1720-1, 1724-40, 1743-59, 1762-70, 1773, 1775-85, 1787-99, 1802-58, 1878) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS.

An Index to Christenings (1813-1875), Marriages (1742-1875) and Burials (1813-1875) is available on microfiche from Dyfed FHS.

Marriage index for this parish - see Dyfed Marriages, 1813-1837, Vol. 15 - Elvet 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 Newchurch 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)


Sampler made by Ann Stott, Newchurchc 1850    - on the People's Collection Wales site

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

Morgan, R.T.M. The History and Antiquities of the Parish of Newchurch, Carmarthen, W.M. Evans and Son (1910).


Public Records

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


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[Gareth Hicks :  19 Dec 2012]

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