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"LLANWNDA (LLAN-WYNDAV), a parish in the hundred of DEWISLAND (but in CEMAIS hundred according to Rawlins), county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 2 1/2 miles (N.W.) from Fishguard, containing 1046 inhabitants. . . The French effected a landing on this part of the coast in the year 1797, and, after plundering the inhabitants for some time, the soldiers becoming insubordinate through excess, their commander found it necessary to make an unconditional surrender to the local forces brought against him by Earl Cawdor. The parish is pleasantly situated in the north-western part of the county, and is bounded on the north by St. George's channel, and on the east by Fishguard bay, forming a promontory with a bold and precipitous shore, and indented by several small bays, the soundings within half a mile of the coast being from seven to twenty fathoms. The surrounding scenery is diversified with features of romantic grandeur; and the views from the higher grounds embrace extensive prospects over the channel and the adjacent country, which abounds with objects of interest. . . The church, dedicated to St. Gwyndav, is not distinguished by any architectural features of importance. There are places of worship for Baptists and Calvinistic Methodists. . . " [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:

Church History

LLANWNDA, St. Gwyndaf  1879-1882   - on the Church plans online site

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph

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

Some additional follow on Dyfed mailing list comments from a Pem resident (MH Feb 2006);


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

Eglwys Llanwnda = Llanwnda Church. Publisher [Abergwaun?] : [Menter Preseli?], [1996?] 1 sheet : plan .This project was initiated by local communities in North Pembrokeshire and co-ordinated by Menter Preseli.

Church Records

The earliest PR reputedly destroyed at the time of the French invasion 1797 [1831 survey]. Diocesan records suggest that c1790 the register went back only as far as 1777

Parish register: Christenings (1813-1993), Marriages (1813-1968) Banns (1823-69, 1907-45, 1973-4), Burials (1799-1942) at Pem.RO

Copy ms PR B (1799-1812) and ts PR [extracts] CMB (1799-1896) at NLW

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1685, 1799-1806, 1808-46, 1864-72, 1877-81, 1883-4, 1887) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number: 0105104.

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on  FreeReg

Nonconformist Chapels:

Goodwick/Wdig [formed out of Llanwnda]
Parish registers: Marriages 1913-74 Banns (1923-74) at Pem.RO

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

Description and Travel

Places, villages, farms etc within Llanwnda 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 Tony Morris)

Llanwnda - early medieval corn driers at Ty-isaf -  on the Cambria Archaelogy site

Aerial photograph of Garn Fawr (Gaer Fawr) Iron Age hill fort, Llanwnda, 1990 - on the People's Collection Wales site

Aerial photograph of Dinas Mawr defended enclosure, Llanwnda, 1989 - on the People's Collection Wales site


Transcript of complete entry in Lewis' Topographical Dictionary of Wales of 1833.


Laws, E. The History of Little England beyond Wales and the non-Kymric colony settled in Pembrokeshire, London, G. Bell (1888) xiv, iv, 458 p., [20] leaves of plates (some folded) : p., ill. [Reprinted Haverfordwest: Cultural Services Department, Dyfed County Council, 1995]. Here is an extract from the book relating to the French Invasion of 1797 with various people and places in Llanwnda parish mentioned.

Land and Property

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


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[Gareth Hicks -24 April 2013]

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