"HÊNLLAN(HÊN-LLAN), a parish in the upper division of the hundred of TROEDYRAUR, county of CARDIGAN, SOUTH WALES, 3 1/2 miles (E.) from Newcastle-Emlyn, containing 122 inhabitants. This parish is beautifully situated on the river Teivy, over which here is an ancient bridge of three arches, with projecting angular piers, from which the turnpike road from Newcastle-Emlyn to Carmarthen, on which it is situated, is continued through the village...... " [From Samuel Lewis's A Topographical Dictionary of Wales 1833]


Business & Commerce Records

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

  • Evans, Benjamin, records "Records of Benjamin Evans, Henllan, Cardiganshire, relating mainly to his work as a blacksmith, 1888-1954, comprising account books, 1888-1924; material relating to the Master Farriers and Smiths Union, Newcastle Emlyn District, including papers regarding scales of prices, c.1913-1940; and Christmas cards sent to Mr T. Evans, Benjamin Evans's son, 1940-1954."


Memorial Inscriptions have been produced by Dyfed FHS for Henllan: [Dewi Sant, Aber-banc]


    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

    • Henllan Parish Church "Children and adults from the adjoining parishes attend the Sunday School" John Sinnett, Rector

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

      • St David & St David (Henllan)
      • Incumbent and Curates; E J Davies
      • Rural Deanery of Sub Aeron
      • Acreage 1,460 & 395 ; Population 377

            Various items  - on the People's Collection Wales site

            • Report in Western Mail, Tuesday February 8th 1994. Chapel in Henllan P.O.W Camp 
            • Capel Eidalwyr, the Catholic chapel at the prisoner of war camp, Henllan is a timber-framed prefabricated structure, built c1940 as a dormitory and shortly afterwards converted to a chapel for Italian prisoners of war.
            • Church, Henllan (Cer)

            Church Records

            See Notes on Church/Chapel Records page

            Parish Register;
            Baptisms 1798-1991. Marriages 1780-1970 . Burials 1814-1990 NLW with copies of some dates at Cer.RO
            Bishops Transcripts;
            1676, 1683-6, 1688-9, 1706, 1711, 1799-1811, 1813-80, 1882 NLW

            See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

            I.G.I; Baptisms 1813-75 . Marriages 1814-37

            Nonconformist Chapels etc;

            Capel Eidalwyr Catholic chapel at the Prisoner of War Camp, Henllan SN35654022 Formally dedicated in 1944 (The Chapels Recording Project in Wales )

            Capel Drindod CM chapel, Henllan

            • Capel Drindod SN35484180 Chapel & school room built 1794, 1874 in village of Aberbanc Members; 104 in 1902 Sources; (The Chapels Recording Project in Wales ) & (Rawlins book - see Notes on Church/Chapel Records page )
            • Cappel Drindod Independent and Methodist Erected before 1800 " This chapel was built and endowed by the late Colonel and Mrs Lloyd of Bronwydd who invested the sum of £1500 in the 3pc Consols for its maintenance. The appointment of Ministers (of which there are four, three Methodist and one Independent) is in the hands of Thomas Davies Lloyd Esq of Bronwydd, grandson of the above Colonel Lloyd, who is a member of the Church of England. The Ministers receive £1.1s. 0. every Sunday" Thomas Davies Lloyd JP, DL, Patron (1851 census -see above)
            • Seats 150 (Kelly's Directory, South Wales 1910 - the Archive Cd Books Cd )
            • Memorial Inscriptions have been produced by Dyfed FHS for Henllan: Capel-y-Drindod
            • Still open in 2006
            • Hanes Methodistiaeth, rhan ddeheuol Sir Aberteifi : oddechreuad y "Diwvgiad Methodistaidd" yn 1735 hyd 1900 . By John Evans. Dolgellau , 1904. (Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Church History in the southern part of Cardiganshire from 1735 to 1900) This book contains an entry for each CM chapel in existence in South Cardiganshire at the end of 1900, including this one. It includes a history of preaching in the area before the chapel was built, lists deacons, ministers etc, and contains a wealth of genealogical information.

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

                  • Area 387 acres; Population 55 males, 62 females, total 117

                        Various landscapes  - on the People's Collection Wales site

                        You can see pictures of Henllan which are provided by:



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

                        Description of the parish of Henllan 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 page 189; the church is a small rectory annexed to Bangor, the last two incumbents were the Rev Henry Thomas and the Rev David Davies. Also mention of a parish seat called Wain.



                        Plan of the parish of Henllan 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 SN355410 (Lat/Lon: 52.04312, -4.399938), Henllan which are provided by:


                        Military History

                        Various items  - on the People's Collection Wales site

                        • Newspaper cutting featuring six young soldiers and a sailor from Henllan, with their names and ranks 
                        • POW Camp Henllan prisoners, early 1940s. Italian prisoners. Group of prisoners who held concerts in the area.

                        Names, Geographical

                        Places, villages, farms etc within Henllan 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)

                        • Henllan (89); Aber-banc; Henllan (village); Trebedw (village);