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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 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

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