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"HÊNVYNYW (HÊN-VYNYW), a parish in the lower division of the hundred of ILAR, county of CARDIGAN, SOUTH WALES, 14 miles (N. W. by W.) from Lampeter, containing 625 inhabitants. This parish, which is washed on one side by the waves of the fine bay of Cardigan, in St. George's channel, is separated from the parish of Llandewy Aberarth by the powerful stream of the Aêron and contains about two thousand acres of land the soil of which is various, being in some places argillaceous and wet, and in others of a good quality for the produce of corn. It is intersected by the turnpike road from Cardigan to Aberystwith, and the neighbourhood is characterized by that varied and strikingly bold scenery which prevails on this part of the Welsh coast. .."
[From Samuel Lewis's A Topographical Dictionary of Wales 1833]


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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

  • Henfynyw Parish Church E T Evans, Curate
  • Trinity Church Chapel of Ease Licensed in 1838 as an additional Church to Henfynyw and Llanddewi Aberarth churches Evan Jones, Officiating Minister

        Parish entry for Llanddewi Aberarth with St Alban, Tyglyn from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).

        • St David & (Church in ruins, St Alban, Tyglyn)
        • Incumbent and Curates; J Thomas
        • Rural Deanery of Glyn Aeron
        • Acreage 4,131; Population 472

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

        • St David & Holy Trinity (Aberaeron)
        • Incumbent and Curates; E B Herbert (T B Jones)
        • Rural Deanery of Glyn Aeron
        • Acreage 2,163; Population 1,630

              St David's Church - photograph on Dyfed FHS

              See Chapels database

              Neuadd Llwyd Independent Chapel, Henfynyw c 1996  - on the People's Collection Wales site

              Held at NLW ;

              • Deeds and documents , 1545-1848, relating to the parishes of Henfynyw and Llannarth, Cardiganshire, and papers relating to Neuaddlwyd and other Congregational churches, 1791-1896.

              Downey, David S. St. Alban's chapel, Tyglyn. Ceredigion, ix 2 : 162-73 (1981)


              Church Records

              See Notes on Church/Chapel Records page

              Parish Register;
              Baptisms 1813-1993. Marriages 1772-1991 [Banns 1824-42,1900-2]. Burials 1813-1982 NLW/Cer.RO
              PR CB 1718-1812 M 1718-72 recorded in 1831 seemingly lost
              Bishops Transcripts;
              1674, 1679-80, 1682, 1684, 1799, 1802, 1804, 1806-68 NLW

              See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

              I.G.I; Baptisms 1799-1868

              Index to Burials from Parish Registers 1813-1837 available for purchase from Cardiganshire Family History Society Volume 3: Ilar (Lower) Hundred . Parishes covered: Cilcennin, Henfynyw, Llanbadarn Trefeglwys, Llanddeiniol, Llanddewi Aberarth, Llangwyryfon, Llanrhystud, Llansantffraid, Llanychaiarn, Trefilan

              Nonconformist Chapels; see Chapels database


              Description and 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 or chapelry are extracted from this book which in turn got them from the 1851 census itself;

              • Area 2261 acres; Population 394 males, 496 females, total 890

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

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

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                      Historical Geography

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



                      Davies, D. J. Hanes, hynafiaethau ac achyddiaeth Llanarth, Henfynyw, Llanllwchaiarn a Llandyssilio-gogo. Caerfyrddin, W. Spurrell (1930) [BM YA.1995.b.886].Many family trees, lists taken from parish records etc.,details of well known men, much text in Welsh but some English.

                      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 page 260; the present church incumbent is the Rev Daniel Jones.

                      Williams, MI. A Cardiganshire will: a mirror of life in the parish of Henfynyw circa 1656 (NLW's site) Ceredigion, Vol IV


                      Land and Property

                      Held at the NLW ;

                      • Deeds and documents , 1545-1848, relating to the parishes of Henfynyw and Llannarth, Cardiganshire, and papers relating to Neuaddlwyd and other Congregational churches, 1791-1896.
                      • Cardiganshire Rentals ;
                        19-20. Lordship of Anhuniog, 1925 (Betws Leucu, Cilcennin, Ciliau Aeron, Henfynyw, Llanfair Clydogau).

                      An Assessment made in pursuance of an Act of Parliament passed in the 38th year of His Majesty's reign, for granting an aid to His Majesty by a Land Tax to be raised in Great Britain, for the service of the year 1798. [From the Ceredigion; Journal of the Cardiganshire Antiquarian Society Vol VI/1 1968]. This is a list of properties in Henfynyw parish subject to the tax together with the names of the owners and occupiers


                      Names, Geographical

                      Places, villages, farms etc within Henfynyw 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)

                      • Henfynyw (62); Cae-haidd; Cilcert; Cilfforch; Clogfryn; Crossway; Ffos-y-ffin; Ffyllon; Henfynyw Upper; Llaethliw; Lluest; Llyswen; Pant-teg; Pen-rhiw; Pen-y-banc; Sychbant;