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The 1851 Religious Census - Llangiwg

Contributed by Caryl Jones (2002) and utilising original facts and figures shown in the book;

Jones, I.G. & Williams, D. The Religious census of 1851 : A Calendar of the returns relating to Wales, Vol 1, South Wales.Cardiff, 1976.

 

This data below relates to the parish of Llanguick, St David's Diocese, specifically to individual churches and chapels.

  • The parish  contained 12,550 acres.
  • Its population was 4,229 comprising 2,197 males and 2,032 females.

The Parish Church; Wm Thomas Perpetual Curate, Pontardawe

  • Endowed: land £32: tithe £10; permanent endowment £15; fees £3.15s
  • Space; free 240; other 9
  • Present: afternoon 191 + 55 scholars
  • Average: afternoon 216 + 45 scholars

Gurnos chapel(Wesleyan Methodist); John Bowen. Society Steward,Yniscedwyn Works Nr Swansea

  • Erected 1839
  • Space: free 80; other 70; standing 60
  • Present: morning 30; evening 50
  • Average (12 months): morn 40: evening 60

Bula chapel, Cwmtwrch (Calvinistic Baptist);  Lewis Rees. Deacon, Cwmtwrch

  • Erected 1833
  • Space: free 250; other 168; standing 20
  • Present: morning 200 + 60 scholars; evening 240 + 80 scholars

Pant-Teg chapel, Llanguicke (Independents) ; Phillip Griffiths, Minister, Alltwen

  • Erected 1820
  • Space: free 201; other 580; standing 250
  • Present: morning 500; afternoon 407 scholars; evening 609
  • Average (12 months): morning 500; afternoon 400 scholars; evening 700

Soar chapel, Ystalyfera (Calvinistic Baptists); William Nicholas,Ystalyfera

  • Erected 1847
  • Space: free 96; other 124; standing 50
  • Present: morning 90;  evening 101
  • Average (12 months); general congregation 160
  • Remarks: Of the number said here to attend divine worship about 40 on the average from the Sunday Scholars

Trinity Church, Gallytygryg  ; Thomas Rogers. Curate, Ystalyfera Iron Works

  • Space: free 140; other 60
  • Present: morning (MS torn); even 88 + 15 Scholars
  • Average: morning 65 + 90 scholars; evening 80 + 20 scholars
  • Under what circumstances licensed or consecrated: Means to endow cannot be obtained form the Eccleseiastical Commission

Saron chapel, Rhydyfro ; William Hopkin  Deacon, Gotregarth

  • Erected 1843
  • Space: free 130; standing 70
  • Present: morning 160; afternoon 105 scholars; evening 102 scholars
  • Remark; Generally from 140 to 180 attend on Sunday Morning; Evening from 80 to 120; a prayer Meeting on Monday night. Society on Thursday night. Prayer meeting on Saturday Night in the neighbourhood:- weekly sermons occasionally duly attended.

Cwmllynfell chapel, Caegurwen District, Llanguicke (Independent Dissenters---or Congregationalists --- crossed out); John Herbert.  Deacon, (R. Pryce, Independent Minister--- crossed out)

  • Erected before 1800
  • Space: free 65; standing 30.
  • Present: morning 425 + 398 scholars; evening 300
  • Average (6 months): general congregation 600; scholars 447

Carmel chapel, Hamlet of Caegurwen, Llanguick (Independent); David (Jones?)  Deacon, Farmer, Llwynhen, Llanguick

  • Erected 1771; rebuilt 1830
  • Space; free 192; other 140
  • Present: morn 190 + 105 scholars; afternoon 160; even 230
  • Remark: The seats are all free. There are down 28 seats which will afford an average of 6 in each to sit and five which will 12 in each. The gallery will contane about 140 so sit

[Last Updated : 2 Dec 2007- Gareth Hicks]