"LLANVIHANGEL HELYGEN (LLAN - VIHANGEL HELYGEN), a parish in the hundred of RHAIADR, county of RADNOR, SOUTH WALES, 5 miles (E.) from Pen y bont, containing 101 inhabitants. This parish is situated on the river Ithon, along the banks of which, and those of the river Dulais, it extends for about five miles, and is nearly of equal breadth. The high road leading from Rhaiadr to New Radnor, and also to Kington in Herefordshire, by which the parish is intersected, passes within two miles of the church. ..................The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry of Brecknock, and diocese of St. David's, endowed with £ 800 royal bounty, and with half of the tithes of the parish, and in the patronage of the Vicar of Nantmel. The church, dedicated to St. Michael, .............. A Sunday school is supported by subscription, for the gratuitous instruction of poor children; and a small day school in the village is partly supported by the same means. The average annual expenditure for the maintenance of the poor is £21. 19..........." ( A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, Samuel Lewis, 1833)
Church of St Michael, Llanfihangel Helygen on the Radnorshire Churches Survey site
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 given towards the end of each entry are those of the informants.
Llanfihangel-Helygen Parish; Statistics; Area 1459 acres; Population 51 males, 49 females, total 100
Detailed information on deposited registers and transcripts for this parish is given on the Powys Archives page Radnorshire parish registers
A note in BT Llanllyr/Llanyre 1713 says that "there was no register ever kept at Llanvyangell it being no burial place but what there happens is inserted in the registers of Nantmell and Llanyre." ( Parish Registers of Wales, 2000)
As a guide only, the principal extant parochial church records for this parish span the dates shown below (as detailed in Parish Registers of Wales, NLW 2000) but exact current holdings should be confirmed with the individual Archives;
Llanfihangel Helygen St Michael War Memorial - on the Roll of Honour site
Kain, R.J.P., Oliver, R.R., Historic Parishes of England and Wales: an Electronic Map of Boundaries before 1850 with a Gazetteer and Metadata [computer file]. Colchester, Essex: History Data Service, UK Data Archive [distributor], 17 May 2001. SN: 4348. Here is a gazetteer/finding aid plus a set of overview maps to accurately identify the position of parishes within the county
View maps covering the area of this parish and places within its boundaries
Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;
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