"CELLAN, a parish in the upper division of the hundred of MOYTHEN, county of CARDIGAN, SOUTH WALES 3 miles (E. N. E.) from Lampeter, containing 465 inhabitants. This parish is situated in a mountainous district, on the banks of the river Teivy. The living is a discharged rectory, in the archdeaconry of Cardigan, and diocese of St. David's, rated in the king's books at £5.7.8 1/2 endowed with £200 royal bounty, and in the patronage of the Bishop of St.David's. The church, dedicated to All Saints, is an ancient edifice, consisting of a nave and chancel : it contains two piscinae ,and the font is supported on a square pillar, on which is carved the face of a male saint. There are places of worship for Independents and Presbyterians..... "
[From Samuel Lewis's A Topographical Dictionary of Wales 1833]


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.

  • Cellan Parish Church "The Church was partly rebuilt about Eight years ago..." Timothy Davies, Churchwarden

        Parish entry for Cellan and Llanfair Clydogau from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).

        • All Saints & St Mary (Llanfair Clydogau)
        • Incumbent and Curates; J N Evans
        • Rural Deanery of Lampeter
        • Acreage 3,450 & 4,487 ; Population 361 & 380

              All Saints church - photograph on Dyfed FHS

              See Chapels database

              Various items  - on the People's Collection Wales site

              • Church and inn, Cellan c1875
              • RCAHMW colour transparency showing interior view of All Saint's Church, Cellan.
              • Cae'r-onnen chapel (U), Cellan

              Church Records

              See Notes on Church/Chapel Records page

              Parish Register;
              Baptisms 1779-1992. Marriages 1780-1969. Burials 1780-1993 NLW
              Copy manuscripts PR C 1779-1812, MB 1780-1812 NLW

              Bishops Transcripts;
              1674, 1676, 1678-82, 1684, 1687, 1689, 1705, 1711, 1799, 1803-38, 1840, 1842,
              1844-5, 1847, 1849, 1852-4, 1857, 1863-73, 1875-82 NLW

              See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

              I.G.I; Baptisms 1799-1812, 1837-75

              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 3645 acres; Population 237 males, 263 females, total 500

                    Various items  - on the People's Collection Wales site

                    • Aerial photograph of Cellan Roman Practice camp
                    • Various landscapes 
                    You can see pictures of Cellan which are provided by:



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

                    Description of Cellan parish 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 section relating to this parish is on pages 224/28; the church is a rectory, the last 3 incumbents were the Rev Wm Williams, Rev Howel Howels and Rev Rhys Williams.


                    Land & Property

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

                    • Cellan deeds "Deeds, 1694-1831, relating to land in the parish of Cellan, Cardiganshire; mainly to a property called Cwmffrwd"

                    Held at the NLW ;

                    • Deeds relating to the parish of Cellan, 1694-1831


                    Cellan in the County of Cardigan  - on the People's Collection Wales site

                    Parish map (Kain/Oliver)

                    You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN623484 (Lat/Lon: 52.116858, -4.0131), Cellan which are provided by:


                    Military History

                    This is a late 1960's photograph of Cellan War Memorial. During the mid 1970's the Memorial was moved to its present position and during this time extensive road restructuring took place in the village. The railings were removed and not put back as was the stone plinth under the names.  - on the People's Collection Wales site


                    Names, Geographical

                    Places, villages, farms etc within Cellan 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)

                    • Cellan (74); Baylie; Bryn-hirfaen; Castell; Cellan (village); Esgair Tre-bannau; Ffrwd Cynon; Gair Carn; Gelli-gaer; Lan-las; Nant Gou; Pen-lan; Pentre'r-felin; Pistyll Einon; Pont-faen; Sarn Helen; Tal-y-fan; Tir Tran (Ifan ?); Ty'n-y-coed


                          Cellan factory, c. 1875  - on the People's Collection Wales site



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

                          Photo taken of pupils at Cellan School dated 1938.  - on the People's Collection Wales site