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"LANDELOY (LLAN-DYLWYV ) a parish in the hundred of DEWISLAND, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 7 miles (E. by N.) from St. David's, containing 217 inhabitants. This parish, which derives its name from the dedication of its church, is pleasantly situated in the north-western part of the county. The living is a discharged vicarage, annexed to that of Llanhowel, in the archdeaconry and diocese of St.David's, rated in the books at £5, endowed with £800 royal Bounty and £200 parliamentary grant. The church, dedicated to St. Teilaw, is not remarkable for any Interesting architectural features. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor is £65.18." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1833).]


The parish name question
" The present dedication of this LLAN to St. Teilo is a mistake dating from the time of Browne Willis. It has been suggested that the founder's name may have been TYLWYF, a compound of the honorific TY and Llwyf  'elm trees', but no such name is on  record."  ( B. G. Charles  in The Place-names of Pembrokeshire )
Melville Richards in Enwau Tir a Gwlad also opts for Ty + Llwyf giving Llandylwyf and a contracted Llan-lwy.
Toponymists dismiss both Teilo and Eloi in favour of Tylwyf, but he is not a recognised saint. [Deric John, Nov 2006]



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 - 0464342
  • 1851 Census - 0104237
  • 1861 Census - 0543245
  • 1871 Census - 0850857
  • 1881 Census - 1342306
  • 1891 Census - 6099648


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

Llandeloy, St Eloi (? see above) - on the Friends of Friendless Churches 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

  • Llandeloy or Llandeloi Parish Church      "The roof of the Church which has for a long time been in a state of dilapidation now fallen in"                   John Davies, Vicar, Haverfordwest

Parish entry for Llandeloy with Llanrheithan  from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).

  • St Teilo
  • &
  • St Rheithan (Llanrheithan)
  • Incumbent and Curates; John Williams
  • Rural Deanery of Dewisland
  • Acreage 1,908 & 1,739 ; Population 284

Some notes on the history of Llandeloy church / Edition 3rd ed.Fishguard,1965. 7p

Church Records

Parish registers: Christenings (1796-1973), Marriages (1796-1967), Burials (1796-1974) and Mf CMB (1754-97) at Pem.RO

CMB (1754-97) at NLW

Copy ts PR [extracts] C (1813-72) M (1807-55) B (1813-89) at NLW

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1799-1811, 1813-44, 1846-9, 1851-69, 1872-3) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number: 0105155.

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on  FreeReg

Nonconformist Chapels:

  • Treffynnon, Llandeloy CM chapel      SM84932876     Built 1867, modified, altered or rebuilt 1876      Still open 2000    Coflein            On Dyfed FHS      Still open in 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 Llandeloy which are provided by:

Places, villages, farms etc within Llandeloy 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)

  • Llandeloy [70]; Gaerwen, Hendre Ho, Lochmeyler, Llandeloy, Rhos graeanog isaf, Rhos graeanog uchaf, Trefanner, Tre ffynnon, Treiva, Tre Nichol, Ty llwyd,

Historical Geography

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

Land and Property

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

  • P. V. Davies Collection of Pembrokeshire Deeds     "Deeds and other documents mainly relating to families and estates in the St Davids area, Pembrokeshire, 1694-1896,.........The families involved include ........ James of Llandeloy and St Edrins, ........................ The Mathias family include Rev. John Matthias (d. 1805) of Lochmeyler, vicar of Llandeloy, who bought Castle Cenlas, c.1792"
  • Pembrokeshire Museums Service papers      "Papers collected by Pembrokeshire Museums Service, 1639-1957, including ...........................deeds relating to Hendre Uchaf and Isaf, Llandeloy, 1762-1789; .........................."


[Gareth Hicks:  28 Dec 2012]

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SM858267 (Lat/Lon: 51.897534, -5.114807), Llandeloy which are provided by: