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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

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

  • Newchurch or Llannewydd Parish Church                 Thos Williams, Minister, Johns Town, Carmarthen
  • Cwmdwyfran        CM                Erected before 1800                David Richards, Steward, Care of the Landlord of White Horse, Priory St, Carmarthen

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)).

  • St Michael
  • Incumbent and Curates; J Davies
  • Rural Deanery of  Carmarthen
  • Acreage  5,105 ; Population 766

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:

  • Noddfa  Baptist chapel, Henfwlch Rd / Foelcwan                SN38072272     Formed 1880   Still open 1998           Coflein                 On Dyfed FHS  
  • Cwmdwyfran (Calvinistic Methodist, bef 1798), Cwmdwyfran / Bronwydd                 Births and baptisms (1813-36) PRO RG4/3862, LDS 828108, IGI; collection book (1953-74) NLW, Calvinistic Methodist Archives; statistics, South Carmarthenshire Presbytery (1878-1904) NLW, Calvinistic Methodist Archives                        SN41132485   Built 1792, rebuilt/modified 1861 & 1909    Coflein                  Cwmdwyfran, Bronwydd CM chapel - still open in 2006
  • Bwlchnewydd (Independent, bef 1715)   -   see under Abernant parish
  • Capel Bach, Newchurch               SN39402393      Coflein

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Newchurch 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 4894 acres; Population 393 males, 478 females, total 871

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)

  • Newchurch (43); Allt-y-ffarm; Blaen-eigiau; Bronwydd Arms Sta.; Bryn; Bwlch; Bwlch-newydd; Clyn-gwyn; Crug; Cwm-dwyfran; Cwm-gloewddu; Esgair-fechan; Esgair-hir-isaf; Foel; Foel Cwan; Forge Fm.; Garn fawr; Goetre; Golf Course; Knights Ford; Llech-Eigion; Mill(2); Nant Cynnen; Nant Hir; Newchurch; Pistyll-gwyn; Plas-bach; Res.; Rhyd-y-marchog; Sch.; Traws-mawr; Tre-newydd; Waun-llanau

Historical Geography

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


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).


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN373242 (Lat/Lon: 51.892502, -4.365875), Newchurch which are provided by:

Public Records

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

  • Newchurch Parish Council Records  1837-1990 (accumulated 1894-1990)


[Gareth Hicks :  19 Dec 2012]