"BRONGWYN (BRYN-GWYN], a parish in the lower division of the hundred of TROEDYRAUR, county of CARDIGAN, SOUTH WALES, 1 1/2 mile (N. N. W.) from Newcastle-Emlyn, on the road from Llanbedr, through Atpar, to Cardigan, containing 396 inhabitants. This parish, the name of which implies the White Mount, is pleasantly situated near the beautiful vale of Teivy, of which, in some places, it commands a fine prospect. Abercery, the property of T. Parry Thomas, Esq., is a neat modern villa, beautifully situated, and commanding one of the finest reaches of the Vale of Teivy, including the straggling town of Newcastle-Emlyn, with the venerable ruins of its ancient castle, and much richly varied scenery. The parish is enclosed, and the land in a good state of cultivation and tolerably productive. The living is a perpetual curacy, annexed, with that of Bettws-Evan, to the vicarage of Penbryn in the archdeaconry of Cardigan, and diocese of St. David's. The church is dedicated to St. Mary. There is a place of worship for Independents. Near the church is a very strong intrenchment, called the Gaer, a name common to fortifications of this description, of which there are many in this part of the principality. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor amounts to £ 130.15."
[From Samuel Lewis's A Topographical Dictionary of Wales 1833]
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.
Parish entry for Bettws Evan with Bryngwyn from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).
St Mary's Church - photograph on Dyfed FHS
Baptisms 1726-1992. Marriages 1726-99, 1803-1970 [Banns 1824-35, 1863, 1912-79] . Burials 1726-1990 NLW/Cer.RO
Copy manuscripts PR[extracts] CMB 1788-1809 NLW
1678, 1680-1, 1688, 1703, 1803-52, 1858-9, 1876, 1886, 1891-3 NLW
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I.G.I; Baptisms 1803-52
Tre-wen (Y Drewen) Ind chapel, Cwm-coy
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;
The transcription of the section for Bron-gwyn from The National Gazetteer (1868) provided by Colin Hinson.
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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 very brief entry relating to this parish is on page 212 and describes it as a chapel of ease to Penbryn.
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Places, villages, farms etc within Bron-Gwyn 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)
Here is an extract from The Reports of the Commissioners appointed to enquire into the state of Education in Wales. 1847