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"CLEAR'S, ST. (ST. CLARE'S), a parish, in the higher division of the hundred of DERRLYS, union and county of CARMARTHEN, SOUTH WALES, on the road from Carmarthen to Haverfordwest, 9 miles (W. by S.) from Carmarthen; containing 1167 inhabitants . . . The TOWN is situated at the confluence of the Guinning with the Taf, which discharge their united waters into the bay of Carmarthen, at the small town of Laugharne, a few miles to the South: it consists of one straggling street, nearly a mile in length, neither lighted nor paved, but well supplied with water, and contains many good dwelling houses. Several respectable shops have been lately built; the old houses renovated, and other improvements made. The surrounding district is highly productive of corn and butter, which are here shipped for Bristol, Cardiff, Bridg-water, Southampton, and other ports . . . The church, which is situated on the banks of the Guinning, is of considerable antiquity. There are two places of worship for Independents, and one each for Wesleyan Methodists and Unitarians. In the parish are four day schools, in which are about 160 children. . . " [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1844).]

Church History

ST. CLEARS, St. Mary   1853-1855    - 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 St Clere's


Parish entry  for St Clears with Llanginning 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 (1681-1928), Marriages (1681-1970), Banns (1937-76) and Burials (1681-1951) are at the Carmarthenshire Record Office.

Facsimile Parish registers: Christenings and Burials (1681-1813) and Marriages (1681-1813, 1837-1959) are at the National Library of Wales.

Copy ts PR index CB (1813-75) M (1682-1875) at NLW

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1672-3, 1681-4, 1686-7, 1702, 1705, 1707-8, 1720, 1722, 1726-35, 1737-8, 1740-62, 1764-5, 1769-71, 1774-81, 1783-9, 1797, 1799-1800, 1802-4, 1806, 1808-33, 1835, 1837-8, 1847, 1851, 1854) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS.

An Index to Christenings (1813-1875), Marriages (1682-1875) 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:

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 St Clears 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)

St. Clears Castle on Castle Wales

St Clears - on Wikipedia

"Saint Clears is a long straggling village, at the junction of the river Cathgenny with the Taf. Immediately on the banks of the former, and not far from its junction with the latter, stood the castle, of which not one stone is left; but the artificial tumulus on which the citadel wa placed, and the other broken ground, mark its ancient site."
The Itinerary Through Wales and The Description of Wales by Giraldus Cambrensis (1188).
The text is that of Sir Richard Colt Hoare who published an English translation in 1806, chiefly from the texts of Camden and Wharton . This extract is from the foot-notes in the Everyman's Library edition, (ed. Ernest Rhys) 1908.


Hunt, E.C. Directory and Topography for the Cities of Gloucester and Bristol: and the towns of Carmarthen, Kidwelly, Laugharne, Llanelly, and St. Clears [etc.]., London, B.W. Gardiner (1849) iv, 558 p.

Pigot & Co. South Wales Directory for 1830. Here are Extracts relating to St Clears, Laugharne and Neighbourhoods

Pigot & Co. South Wales Directory for 1844. Here are Extracts relating to Saint Clears and Neighbourhoods


Pike, Jonathan. Dyfed Apprentices in Eighteenth Century Bristol. Dyfed FHS Journal 5 (Aug. and Dec. 1996). [Powell Family of St Clears, Meyler Family of Haverfordwest, Protheroe Family of Molleston, Bowen Family of Pembroke]

Richards, Christopher. A City Break - 1873 Style. Dyfed FHS journal, Vol 8/9 Aug 2005. Diary entries of Thomas David Rees of Great Bishop's Court farm, near St Clears re visit to  London


St Clears War Memorial - on the Roll of Honour site

Williams, Eric I. Reflections of a country vet. Llandysul: Gomer, 1996. viii, 168p: ill, map, ports; 21cm. [ISBN 1859024866]

St Clears. Yr Ymofynydd (Llandysul: Gomer Press) 28 (1928).

Land and Property

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


Public Records

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

Held at Carmarthen Archives;

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[Gareth Hicks:  20 Dec 2012]

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