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"LLANERCHLLWYDOG (LLANERCH-LWYD-OG), a parish in the hundred of KEMMES, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 4 miles (E.S.E.) from Fishguard, containing 169 inhabitants. This place derives its name from Clydawc one of the reguli of the county, by whom, according to Mr. Fenton, the church was originally founded, and who, while pursuing the diversion of the chase in this vicinity, was treacherously murdered, and afterwards interred in the churchyard. The parish is romantically situated on the river Gwayn, which, after pursuing a north-westerly course, falls into Fishguard bay: it comprises a large tract of land, with the exception of a mountainous district, is wholly enclosed and in a good state of cultivation. The surface is finely undulated, and the surrounding scenery is pleasingly diversified and in some parts highly picturesque. The living is a discharged rectory, with that of Llanllawer annexed, in the archdeaconry of Cardigan, and diocese of Bangor, rated in the king's books at £8, and in the patronage of Thomas Lloyd, Esq. The church, dedicated to St. David, is not distinguished by any architectural details of importance: in the churchyard are two upright stones of great antiquity, which are supposed to mark the grave of Clydawc. There are places of worship for Baptists and Calvinistic Methodists. The average annual expenditure for the maintenance of the poor is £56. 1." [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 - 0464343
  • 1851 Census - 0104239
  • 1861 Census - 0543245
  • 1871 Census - 0850859
  • 1881 Census - 1342307
  • 1891 Census - 6099652


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

  • The Rectory of Llanychlwydog, with Llanelawen annexed; Parish Church                  "The Congregation at Llanychlwydog is uncertain and generally small "            Watkin William Thomas, Rector, Dinas Rectory
  • Tredavid chapel, Llanychlwydog     CM                 Erected before 1800           Thomas George, Manager, Mywyd Melyw, Fishguard
  • Jabez   Baptist                Erected in 1803, rebuilt in 1842              David George, Minister, Trewern, nr Newport

Parish entry for Morvil with Pontfaen and Llanychllwydog from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).

  • St John Baptist
  • &
  • Parish Church (Pontfaen)
  • &
  • St Benno (Llanychllwydog)
  • Incumbent and Curates; M H Jones
  • Rural Deanery of Fishguard
  • Acreage 2,603 & 686 & 2,315; Population 101 & 49 & ---

Murphy, Kenneth. Excavations at Llanychlwydog Church, Dyfed. Archaeologia Cambrensis 136 (1987), p. 77-93

Church Records

Parish register: Christenings (1770-1812), Marriages (1781-1812), Burials (1770-1812) at NLW

Christenings (1813-1927), Marriages (1814-1961), Burials (1813-1965) and Mf CB (1770-1812), M (1781-1812) at Pem.RO

Copy printed BT CMB (1674-5, 1680-9, 1699) & PR C (1770-1803) M (1780-1812) B (1770-1812) [ ed Rev J Meredith Williams, Fishguard, 1925]

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1674-6, 1678-83, 1685-9, 1799-1804, 1806-7, 1809-44, 1874) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number: 0105186.

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on  FreeReg

Nonconformist Chapels:

  • Jabez [Baptists, 1824], Cwm Gwaun / Pont-faen               Records ; See Llangloffan/Granston parish and Cilfowyr/Manordefi parish             SN02853407     Built 1803, restored 1903   Still open 1998   Coflein                      On Dyfed FHS 
  • Tre-David , in Tre-David [Calvinistic Methodists, before 1800]                 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 Llanychlwydog which are provided by:

Places, villages, farms etc within Llanychlwydog 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)

  • Llanychlwydog [26]; Cil-rhedin Bridge, Clyn meinog, Mynydd melin, Pen gegin, Pen-gwndwn, Pen-lan-isaf, Pen-rhiw, Syopant, Tre-Dafydd, Ty-gwyn

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Llanychlwydog 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 SN028341 (Lat/Lon: 51.970261, -4.872305), Llanychlwydog which are provided by: