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Capel Colman

"CAPEL-COLMAN, otherwise *LLAN-GOLMAN*, a parish, in the union of CARDIGAN, hundred of KILGERRAN, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 6 miles (S.W. by W.) from Newcastle-Emlyn, on the road from that town to Narberth; containing 142 inhabitants. . . it comprises about 750 acres, of which 60 are woodland, and remainder nearly equally divided between arable and pasture; the surface is undulated, and the scenery, embracing wood and water, picturesque and beautiful; the soil is dry, and the chief produce, corn, butter, and cheese. . . The church, dedicated to St. Colman, from whom the parish takes its name, is a small neat edifice, erected in 1835, partly by subscription and partly by a rate on the inhabitants; it is forty feet in length and twenty-two in breadth, and has a large gallery, and 170 sittings, of which about 120 are free." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1844).]

**Lewis may be wrong here since there is a separate parish called Llangolman


The 1851 census for this parish has been indexed by Dyfed Family History Society.

Census Returns for this parish have the following LDS Call Numbers:

  • 1841 Census - 0464344
  • 1851 Census - 0104241
  • 1861 Census - 0543247
  • 1871 Census - 0850862
  • 1881 Census - 1342308
  • 1891 Census - 6099657


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Capel Colman area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church History

CAPEL COLMAN, St. Colman   1834-1835     - on the Church plans online site 

Parish entry for Capel Colman and Llanfihangel Penbedw from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).

  • St Colman
  • &
  • St Michael (Llanfihangel Penbedw)
  • Incumbent and Curates; M J Marsden
  • Rural Deanery of Emlyn
  • Acreage 777 & 2,454 ; Population 144 & 251

Church Records

PR CB (1777-1812) recorded in 1831 apparently lost. M (1770-90) entered in PR Llanfihangel Penbedw

Parish registers: Christenings (1813-1987), Marriages (1770-1834, 1840-1970)  Banns (1824-85, 1931-89) , Burials (1824-1991) are at the National Library of Wales with Mf copies at Pem.RO.

Copy ts PR/BT M (pre 1813) with index at NLW and Pem.RO

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1806, 1810-11, 1813-17, 1820, 1823-36, 1838, 1840-56, 1858-67, 1870-1, 1873-8) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number: 0105131.

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on  FreeReg

Nonconformist Chapels:

  • Ind chapel, Fachendre / Boncath              SN21233759   Built 1879    Coflein                   On Dyfed FHS              Shown as still open on the Union of Welsh Independents site (Dec 2006)

Dyfed FHS have published a series of indexes of baptisms, marriages and burials from Pembrokeshire hundreds for various periods.

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Capel Colman which are provided by:

Places, villages, farms etc within Capel Colman parish  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 John Richards)

  • Capel-Colman (10); Cilwen-deg, Fach-hendre, Llwyn-bedw, Pen-yr-allt.

Historical Geography

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


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN216384 (Lat/Lon: 52.015237, -4.601170), Capel Colman which are provided by:

[Gareth Hicks:  24 Dec 2012]