"BLAENPORTH (BLAEN-PORTH), a parish in the lower division of the hundred of TROEDYRAUR, county of CARDIGAN, SOUTH WALES, 5 miles (E. by N.) from Cardigan, on the road to Aberystwith, containing 695 inhabitants. The lands in this parish are nearly all enclosed, and in a good state of cultivation. The living, formerly a prebend in the college of St. David's at Llandewy-Brevi, and rated as such in the king's books at £6, is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry of Cardigan, and diocese of St. David's, endowed with £ 800 royal bounty, and £ 800 parliamentary grant, and in the alternate patronage of the Earl of Lisburne and J. V. Lloyd, Esq., who are impropriators of the tithes of the parish, and pay £8 per annum to the curate..............." [From Samuel Lewis's A Topographical Dictionary of Wales 1833]



The Memorial Inscriptions index has been produced by Dyfed FHS for Blaen-porth:[ Dewi Sant, Bryn Mair, Bryn Seion. Mwnt: Blaen-cefn.]


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.

  • Blaenporth Parish Church Isaac Hughes, Incumbent

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

      • St David & St Michael (Tremaen)
      • Incumbent and Curates; E W Evans
      • Rural Deanery of Sub Aeron
      • Acreage 3,532 & 1,702; Population 644 & 192

          St David's Church - photograph on Dyfed FHS


            Church Records

            See Notes on Church/Chapel Records page

            Parish Register;
            Baptisms 1716-1992. Marriages 1716-53,1767-1837. Burials 1716-1991 NLW/Cer.RO
            Copy typescripts PR CB 1716-1812, M 1716-53 NLW
            Bishops Transcripts;
            1674-6, 1678, 1680-9, 1700, 1702, 1704-5?, 1802-60, 1862, 1865-6 NLW

            See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

            I.G.I; Baptisms 1802-66

            Cardiganshire Family History Society - Index to deaths and burials in Cardiganshire from non-conformist records is available on fiche. Check details on their site, for this parish includes ; Brynmair (Ind., 1861-81).

            Nonconformist chapels; see Chapels database


            Description & Travel

            The Religious census of 1851 : A Calendar of the returns relating to Wales, Vol 1, South Wales., by Jones, I.G. & Williams, D. UWP, Cardiff, 1976. These statistics for this parish are extracted from this book which in turn got them from the 1851 census itself;

            • Area 3548 acres; Population 330 males, 389 females, total 719
                You can see pictures of Blaen-porth which are provided by:



                The transcription of the section for Blaen-porth from The National Gazetteer (1868) provided by Colin Hinson.

                Description of the parish of Blaen-porth from A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (1833) by Samuel Lewis.



                Meyrick, Sir Samuel Rush.(1783-1848) The History and Antiquities of the county of Cardigan. Collected from the few remaining documents which have escaped the ravages of time, as well as from actual observation. Longman: London ,1810. The history and antiquities of the County of Cardigan ... to which are now added a parliamentary history, list of High Sheriffs, some notes on the present county families, &c., &c. repr. Brecon: 1907. This 1907 print has now been reprinted. The brief section relating to this parish is on pages 204/5; the last 2 incumbents of the church were the Rev Mr John Thomas and the Rev Mr John Williams. Mentions Tyllwyd , the seat of John Vaughan Esq.


                Land & Property

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

                • Tyllwyd estate, records "Deeds relating to the Tyllwyd estate mainly in the parishes of Betws Ifan and Blaenporth, Cardiganshire, 1566-1852, but also including land in Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire; and to the Brynog estate in the parishes of Cilcennin and Trefilan, Cardiganshire, 1817-1835."

                Held at the NLW ;

                • Deeds relating to the Ty-Llwyd estate, parishes of Betws Ifan and Blaenporth, Cardiganshire, and other property in Cardiganshire,Carmarthen and Pembrokeshire, 1590-1852.


                Parish map (Kain/Oliver)

                Second class map of the parish of Blaenporth, Cardiganshire  - on the People's Collection Wales site

                You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN273484 (Lat/Lon: 52.106996, -4.523019), Blaen-porth which are provided by:


                Names, Geographical

                Places, villages, farms etc within Blaen-porth 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 Gareth Hicks)

                • Blaen-porth (96); Afon Hirwaun; Blaenporth (village); Bronial; Cemetery; Cnwc-y-manal; Cwm-porthman; Cwrt-hen; Dol-gelynen; Dyffryn; Fath Gareg; Ffynnon Fair; Fron-las; Glan-Eirw; Gors-lwyd; Helyg; Llwyn-du; Maen-gwyn; Rhos-wen; Tan-yr-Eglwys; Tre-faes-fach; Tre-faes-fawr; Ty-hen; Ty-llwyd;

                Public Records

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

                • Blaenporth Parish Council Records 1894-1934


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

                • School Records for Cardiganshire "Includes;......... Blaenporth, 1875-1980, 1983....."

                Here is an extract from The Reports of the Commissioners appointed to enquire into the state of Education in Wales. 1847