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"CLYDEY (CLYDAI), a parish in the hundred of KÎLGERRAN, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 6 miles (S.W.) from Newcastle-Emlyn, containing 1385 inhabitants. This parish constitutes the endowment of a prebend in the cathedral church of St. David's, which is rated in the king's books at £12, and in the gift of the Bishop. The living is a discharged vicarage, in the archdeaconry of Cardigan, and diocese of St.David's, rated in the king's books at £6, endowed with £600 parliamentary grant, and in the patronage of the Bishop of St. David's. The church, dedicated to St. Clydai, is a plain substantial structure, with a massive square tower. There are places of worship for Independents and Calvinistic Methodists. Fairs are held at Hênveddau in this parish, on May 13th, September 17th, and October 30th. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor amounts to £290. 8." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1833).]


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 - 0543246
  • 1871 Census - 0850862
  • 1881 Census - 1342308
  • 1891 Census - 6099657


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Clydey 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

CLYDEY, St. Clydai    1876-1877       - 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

  • Clydey Parish Church            "No ecclesiastical division or township in this parish"          John Williams, Curate
  • Soar   Baptist                               Erected in 1830               David Jones, Minister, Berllan, Clydey
  • Llwynhwrdd              Ind                  Erected in 1806          Samuel Thomas, Elder, Treowen
  • Bwlchygroes   CM                  Erected in 1747                Edward R Reynolds, Steward, Bank Farm


Parish entry for Clydey and Penrieth with Castellan from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).

  • St Clydai
  • &
  • St Cristiolus (Penrieth)
  • &
  • (Castellan Church in ruins)
  • Incumbent and Curates; W Edwards
  • Rural Deanery of Emlyn
  • Acreage 8,280 & 3,095; Population 835 & 314

Church Records

Parish registers: Christenings (1701-1991), Marriages (1701-1970), Burials (1701-1991) at NLW 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 (1674, 1676, 1678-80, 1682-5, 1687-9, 1702, 1705, 1799-1803, 1805-14, 1816-67, 1869, 1873) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number: 0105137.

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on  FreeReg

Nonconformist Chapels:

  • Soar, in Star  [Baptists, 1831]. Records ; See Blaenffos and Hermon          SN24533498  Built 1879, modified, 1881       Still open 1998       Coflein         On Dyfed FHS
  • Bwlch-y-groes, in Bwlch-y-groes  [Calvinistic Methodists, 1777]. Records ; a volume recording the receipt of rents by the Evans family of Ciliau-wen, 1817-48. Some of the accounts relate to this chapel NLW Ms 11525.             On Dyfed FHS                     Bwlchygroes CM chapel - still open in 2006
  • Llwyn-yr-hwrdd, in Llwyn-yr-hwrdd / Tegryn [Independents, 1805]. ; See Capel-y-graig      SN22873261       Built 1805, rebuilt 1817, enlarged 1844 and restored 1870  Coflein               On Dyfed FHS        Shown as still open on the Union of Welsh Independents site (Dec 2006)
    Rees, Thomas & John Thomas. Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru (History of the Welsh Independent Churches), 4 volumes (published 1871+). Here is the entry from this book for this chapel (in Welsh ) - with translation by Maureen Saycell (April 2008)
  • Bethel Ind chapel / Sunday school, Llanbeddau, Clydau                      SN25433174    Built 1897         Not still open 2006          Coflein                   On Dyfed FHS
  • Llwyndrain Congregational chapel / Sunday school, Llwyn-drain, Clydau        SN26573453    Built 1856, restored 1935.   Still open 1993    Coflein          On Dyfed FHS

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 Clydey which are provided by:

Places, villages, farms etc within Clydey 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 Peter D Hall)

  • Clydey [11]; Blaen-gilfach, Blaen-pistyll, Bwlch-y-groes, Castell Blaidd, Castell Crychydd, Clydey, Coed-llwyd, Crug Barb, Crynga, Cwm-blaen-bwlan, Cwm-yr-aur, Dolau-llanerch, Drysgol-goch, Dyffryn-cefn-faes, Dygoed, Gareg-lwyd, Glogue, Hafod, Hen-feddau, Hendre-Cymru, Henffordd, Lancych, Llwyn-celyn-lan, Llwyn-drain, Llwyn-y-hwrdd, Nant-Ifan-fach, Nant-y-neel, Nant-y-warglodd, Pant-gwyn-mawr, Pant-y-heddwch, Parc Clement, Pen-banc, Pen-yr-allt, Pen-yr-allt Cych, Rhos-y-Llyn, Star, Tegryn, Waun lwyd

Tegryn is a small village, high in the Preseli hills, built on the upper slopes of Frenni Fawr {the 3rd highest peak in the range}, as a result of which we have magnificent views in all directions........................If you want to find us on a map, follow the A478 road from Cardigan to Crymych, then follow the first turn to the left and then take the first turn on the right. This brings you to a T-junction where a right turn leads into Tegryn.


Held at the NLW ;

  • Estate and family records of Griffiths, Jones and Jones-Lloyd of Lancych, parish of Clydau, Pembrokeshire, mostly on Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire, 1738-1949.

Historical Geography

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


Canrif o Luniau Pobl Plwyf Clydau (A Hundred Years of photographs of the people in Clydau parish) to be published locally November 17th 2001


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN251355 (Lat/Lon: 51.990304, -4.548740), Clydey which are provided by:

[Gareth Hicks: 27 Dec 2012]