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"LLYS-Y-VRÂN, a parish in the hundred of DUN-GLEDDY, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 9 miles (N.E.) from Haverfordwest, containing 202 inhabitants. This parish, which is situated nearly in the centre of the county, comprises a considerable tract of arable and pasture land, the whole of which, with only a very small exception, is enclosed and in a good state of cultivation: the soil is various, but generally productive. The surrounding scenery, though not distinguished by any striking peculiarity of feature, is agreeably diversified; and the views over the adjacent country are interesting and extensive. The living is a discharged rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of St. David's, rated in the king's books at £3. 0. 5 endowed with £400 royal bounty, and in the joint patronage of Sir R.B.P. Philipps, Bart., and Col. Scourfield, the former of whom has two turns and the latter one. The church, dedicated to St. Meilyr, who flourished about the middle of the fifth century, is not distinguished by any architectural details of importance. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor amounts to £76. 4." [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 - 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 Llys-y-Fran 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

LLYSYFRAN, St. Meilir    1867-1869     - on the Church plans online 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

  • Llys y Fran Parish Church                  James Thomas, Rector
  • Gwastad   CM                      Erected in 1836                   Thomas Phillips, Elder, Southfield


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

  • St Meilir
  • &
  • St Mary (Walton East)
  • Incumbent and Curates; J J Evans
  • Rural Deanery of Dungleddy
  • Acreage 1,495 & 2,076 ; Population 113 & 148

Church Records

Parish register: Christenings (1728-1803, 1813-1993), Marriages (1728-1803, 1813-1903, 1924-63), Burials (1728-1803, 1813-1992) at NLW with Mf/fac copies at Pem.RO

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1799-1820, 1822-37, 1839-41, 1843-4, 1846-52, 1855, 1858-63, 1865-6, 1868-9) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number: 0105187.

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on  FreeReg

Nonconformist Chapels:

  • Y Gwastad, near Forehill  [Calvinistic Methodists, 1836]. Records ; See Woodstock                        SN04842484        Built 1836, modified 187  Still open 2000     Coflein                  On Dyfed FHS               Gwastad Llysyfran CM chapel - 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 Llys-y-Fran which are provided by:

Places, villages, farms etc within Llys-y-Fran 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 Barry Johnson)

  • Llys-y-fran (51); Gwastad, Llys y fran, Parc-y-marl, Pen-y-bont, Rhyd-ddu, Southfield, Southfield Villa,  Velindre.

Historical Geography

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


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN041243 (Lat/Lon: 51.882718, -4.847825), Llys-y-Fran which are provided by:

[Gareth Hicks: 27 Dec 2012]