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"LLANDILO (LLAN-DEILO), a parish in the. hundred of KEMMES, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 11 miles (N.) from Narberth, containing 117 inhabitants. This parish, which is not of very great extent, is pleasantly situated in the eastern part of the county, bordering on Carmarthenshire. It derives its name from the dedication of its church to St.Teilo, one of the most eminent saints of British antiquity, who flourished in the latter part of the fifth, and the beginning of the sixth, century. The surface is boldly undulated, and in some parts rises into abrupt eminences, among which are some of the highest summits of the Percelly range of mountains. The lands are but partially enclosed and cultivated; and the soil is various, being in some parts fertile, and in others thin and poor. Slate of good quality is found in abundance within the parish: some quarries of it are worked with advantage, the produce consisting of roofing slates, which are in high estimation. The living is a perpetual curacy, annexed to that of Llangolman, in the archdeaconry and diocese of St. David's, and endowed with £800 royal bounty. There is a place of worship for Independents. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor is £17. 10." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1833).]

Monumental Inscriptions for this parish have the LDS Call Number: 1471282

Monumental Inscriptions for Llandilo Independent Chapel in this parish have been indexed by the Dyfed Family History Society.


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 - 0464343
  • 1851 Census - 0104230
  • 1861 Census - 0543241
  • 1871 Census - 0850850
  • 1881 Census - 1342301
  • 1891 Census - 6099632


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

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

  • No return for the Parish Church
  • Llandilo  Ind                  Erected before 1800, rebuilt in 1845         Benjn James, Independent Minister, Llandilo


Parish entry for Maenclochog with Llandilo and Llanycefn from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).

  • St Mary
  • &
  • St Teilo, Llandilo (in ruins)
  • &
  • Parish Church (Llanycefn)
  • Incumbent and Curates; S Howell
  • Rural Deanery of Dungleddy
  • Acreage 6,974 & 2,725 ; Population 783 & 261

Church Records

The church was a ruin by 1930. The following note appears in Llangolman BT 1811:" I hereby certify that there are no registers in the parish of Llandilo and that all [CMB] were for these last twenty years entered in the register of the parish of Llangolman".

Parish registers: Christenings (1814-60), Marriages (1813-34), Burials (1814-45) at NLW with Mf copies at Pem.RO

Bishops Transcripts : [see Llangolman] for this parish have the LDS Call Number: 0105173.

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on  FreeReg

Nonconformist Chapels:

  • Chapel [Independents, 1714].    Records ; a volume recording prayer meetings and other services held at the chapel[ inset is a copy contract for building the chapel 1845], at NLW.     SN10552725 Built 1714 modified, altered or rebuilt 1786, 1845, 1882 and 1931     Still open 1998   Coflein         On Dyfed FHS under Llangolman        Ind chapel, Llandeilo (no parish) - 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 (Jan 2009)

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

Description and Travel

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Places, villages, farms etc within Llandilo 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)

  • Llandilo [43]; Carn Afr, Cnwc Rhudd, Craig y Cwm, Hafod-ddu, Llandilo, Mynydd Crwn, Temple Druid, Ty-mawr

Historical Geography

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


[Gareth Hicks: 27 Dec 2012]

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN104272 (Lat/Lon: 51.910940, -4.757999), Llandilo which are provided by: