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"LLANVAIR NANTGWYN (LLAN-VAIR-Y-NANT-GWYN), a parish in the hundred of KEMMES, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 8 miles (S. by W.) from Cardigan, containing 237 inhabitants. This parish, which is pleasantly situated in the north-eastern part of the county, derives its name from the dedication of its church to St.Mary, and its distinguishing adjunct probably from the abundance of white quartz stones scattered over the lands and in the bed of a brook by which it is watered. It comprehends a tract of about one thousand four hundred acres of rather flat but dry land, the whole of which is enclosed and in a good state of cultivation: the soil, though light, is in general fertile, and the inhabitants are chiefly employed in agriculture: the surrounding scenery is not distinguished by any peculiarity of feature, but from the higher grounds are some good prospects over the adjacent country. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry of Cardigan, and diocese of St.David's, endowed with £800 royal bounty, and in the patronage of Major Bowen. The church, dedicated to St. David, is not distinguished by any architectural details of importance. There is a place of worship for Baptists. John Jones, in 1729, bequeathed a rent-charge of ten shillings to the poor of this parish. The average annual expenditure for the maintenance of the poor is £68. 5." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1833).]

Monumental Inscriptions for this parish are available from 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 - 0104239
  • 1861 Census - 0543246
  • 1871 Census - 0850859
  • 1881 Census - 1342307
  • 1891 Census - 6099652


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Llanfair-Nant-Gwyn 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

  • Llanfair Nant Gwyn Parish Church                William James, Incumbent
  • Ebenezer  Baptist      Erected about 1776, rebuilt in 1820       David Rees, Deacon, Treclyn Isaf

Parish entry for Whitechurch in Kemes (otherwise Eglwyswen) with Llanfair Nantgwyn from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).

  • St Michael
  • &
  • St Mary (Llanfair Nantgwyn)
  • Incumbent and Curates; J Jones
  • Rural Deanery of Kemes
  • Acreage 2,519 & 1,694 ; Population 241 & 190

Church Records

Diocesan records suggest that c1790 this parish had ' no register of births and burials' and that it had been at one time united with Whitechurch.

Parish registers: Christenings (1795-1992), Marriages (1776-1837) Banns (1824-77, 1973-91), Burials (1795-1812, 1816-1989) at NLW with Mf copies at Pem.RO

Copy ts BT M pre 1813 with index, at NLW and Pem.RO

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1674-5, 1678, 1680, 1683, 1685-90, 1699, 1701-3, 1800, 1803-9, 1812-37, 1839-40, 1844-53, 1855-65, 1868, 1870-2, 1874-80, 1890) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number: 0105166.

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on  FreeReg

Nonconformist Chapels:

  • Ebenezer [Baptists, 1768], Ffynnon Wen, Pen-cwm              Records ;  1. In the history of this chapel [ Hanes y Bedyddwyr yn Nheubarth Cymru] an old church book is mentioned.   2. See Cilfowyr/Manordeifi.    3. Church book, 1847-1968, at NLW Ms 1012B             SN16083999      Built 1768 or c.1776, rebuilt 1820 and 1870    Still open 1998   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

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Places, villages, farms etc within Llanfair Nant Gwyn 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)

  • Llanfair Nant Gwyn [15]; Bwlch-gareg-bwyd, Castell Coch, Cidigill, Cwm-Bettws, Gors-fraith, Llan-Feigan-uchaf, Llanfair-Nant-Gwyn, Pant-y-deri, Pen-cwm, Pen-deri, Pistyll-Meigan, Rhyd-ddu, Rhyd-wen

Historical Geography

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


Lewis, E.T. North of the hills; a history of the parishes of Eglwyswen, Eglwyswrw, Llanfair Nantgwyn, Meline, Nevern.(1973) viii, 309, [6] p., [26] p. of plates. illus., facsims., map, ports. [ISBN: 0902126032]


[Gareth Hicks: 27 Dec 2012]

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN165378 (Lat/Lon: 52.008184, -4.675082), Llanfair-Nant-Gwyn which are provided by: