"LLANDDEINIOL (LLAN-DDEINIOL), a parish in the lower division of the hundred of ILAR, county of CARDIGAN, SOUTH WALES, 7 miles (S. by W.) from Aberystwith, containing 254 inhabitants. This parish, which derives its name from the dedication of its church to St. Daniel, is situated on the shore of Cardigan bay, and on the turnpike road from Aberystwith to Cardigan. From a small brook near it, which runs into the river Gwyre, it was anciently called Carog, under which appellation it formerly constituted a prebend in the collegiate church of Llandewy-Brevi, rated in the king's books at £4. The surrounding scenery is not characterized by any peculiarity of features, though from the higher grounds an extensive view is obtained over the bay of Cardigan and the country adjacent. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry of Cardigan, and diocese of St. David's, endowed with £ 1000 royal bounty, and in the patronage of the family of Price of Knighton. The church, which is pleasantly situated on the brow of a hill, is a small ancient edifice, consisting only of a nave, divided by a double screen into two parts, the eastern of which forms a chancel: the font, which is octangular, is supported on a circular shaft, and placed in the north-western angle of the nave. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor is £54.2."
[From Samuel Lewis's A Topographical Dictionary of Wales 1833]



Monumental inscriptions for Llanddeinol Church, Ilar Hundred are available on microfiche from Dyfed FHS.


Church History

See John Ball's site Welsh Churches and Chapels Collection for a photograph/data re St Deiniol's Church

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

  • Llanddeiniol Parish Church "Consecrated about 16 years ago, in lieu of the old parish church, built principally at the expense of the Revd. Thomas Richards, a landed proprietor of the parish, total cost probably £700" John Lewis, Curate
  • see chapels below

Llanddeiniol Church - on geograph.org.uk

St Deiniol church - photograph on Dyfed FHS

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

  • St Deiniol
  • Incumbent and Curates; J M Lewis
  • Rural Deanery of Llanbadarn Fawr
  • Acreage 2,022; Population 166

Church Records

See Notes on Church/Chapel Records page

Parish Register;

Alias Carrog [NLW,SD/SB/3, David Jones, 5 Dec 1771]
Baptisms 1776-7, 1780-1978. Marriages 1754-1811, 1814-1971[Banns 1825-1965]. Burials 1776-7, 1780-1977 NLW/Cer.RO
Copy PR M 1754-1837 with index NLW/Cer.RO

Bishops Transcripts;
1811, 1813-16, 1820, 1822-5, 1827-79, 1882, 1885-91 NLW

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

I.G.I; Baptisms 1811-75. Marriages 1814-1835

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;

Elim Welsh CM chapel, Llanddeiniol village

  • Elim Welsh CM chapel SN56217206 Cause begun 1805, chapel & schoolroom built 1832; rebuilt 1899. Records; 1. births and bapts 1835-37 PRO & in IGI 2. account book 1848-69 NLW 3. church book with some death data 1845-60 NLW Still open 1998 ( The Chapels Recording Project in Wales & Rawlins - see Notes on Church/Chapel Records page)
  • Elim CM Erected in 1832 Evan Evans, Deacon, Spite, Llanddeiniol (1851 census - see above)
  • Elim CM Bapts 1835-7 PRO Bapts 1835-1990 NLW Burials 1845-60 NLW ( Nonconformist Registers of Wales - see Notes on Church/Chapel Records page)

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 ; Elim (Cal.Meth., 1845-1860).

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

  • Capel Elim [CM], Llanddeioniol, cofysgrifau (records) 1859-1986 "Adeiladwyd y capel gwreiddiol ym 1832 gydag eisteddleoedd ar gyfer 213 i addoli. Ailadeiladwyd y capel ym 1899 a bu ysgol Sul arbennig o lewyrchus yno. 'Achubwyd' llawer yn yr ardal yn ystod diwygiad Evan Roberts ym 1904-1905. Gwnaethpwyd llawer iawn o waith atgyweirio drwy gydol yr ugeinfed ganrif. Mae drysau'r capel yn dal ar agor hyd heddiw.."
    "Records of Elim Chapel, Llanddeiniol, including a monthly ministry collection book, 1859-1869, and pew collection books, 1901-1986."
  • Photograph on Dyfed FHS
  • Elim Llanddeiniol CM chapel - still open in 2007 - contact details on the Ceredigion LIbrary site

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 2077 acres; Population 127 males, 124 females, total 251

Various landscapes  - on the People's Collection Wales site

With the kind permission of the publisher, these extracts are taken from " The History of Cardiganshire" by S R Meyrick, 1810, specifically the reprint of the 1907 imprint published by Stephen Collard in July 2000.

  • Commonly called 'Carog'.
  • "The church is dedicated to St Deiniol, the son of Dunod ab Pabo, a saint who lived in the former part of the sixth century.In the year 525, he founded a college at Bangor in Caernarvonshire, where he was abbot. There is a church in Pembrokeshire dedicated to him, another in Monmouthshire".
  • The last three incumbents of the parish church were; John Morgan, of Llanilar ;1758, David Jones of Llandewi Aberarth ; 1801, John Evans of Nantcwnlle."
  • Carog, which literally signifies a brook, is so called from its situation near one which falls into the Wirrai. It formerly belonged to a family of the name of Jenkins. The estate next came into the possession of the Morris's the male line of which family became extinct about 50 years ago. Miss Morris, daughter and heiress, marrying the Rev.Mr Richards of Scrygog, carried the estate to him, whose son is now the possessor."
You can see pictures of Llanddeiniol which are provided by:



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



Cardiganshire Families

Gorman, David. The Strongest Man in Aberystwyth. Dyfed FHS journal Vol 5, no 4, p175/6. Lewis Jones, the son of David and Mary, was born in 1869 and reputedly became the strongest man in Aberystwyth

EVANS of Llanddeinol, CGN by John Hughes, 1999. Dyfed FHS journal This describes the events in the life of Evan Evans, from his ancestor's farm, Berthrees, Llanychaiarn, CGN, to his final home in Treherbert, Rhondda, GLA, via London and Gloucestershire.



Map of Llanddeiniol parish 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 SN566727 (Lat/Lon: 52.333552, -4.106054), Llanddeiniol which are provided by:


Names, Geographical

Places, villages, farms etc within Llanddeiniol parish 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)

  • Llanddeiniol (25); Afon Carrog; Afon Wyre; Blaen-Carrog; Carrog; Carrog Fm.; Gilfachau; Grip; Llanddeiniol (village); Maen Elin; Monk's Cave; Pen-cwm-mawr; Pen Glog; Pen-y-graig; Plas-bach; Twr Gwylanod; Ty'n-y-bwlch


Various items relating to Llanddeiniol YFC  - on the People's Collection Wales site


Social Life & Customs

 Pennant YFC folk dancing group in Llanddeiniol Rally, 2000  - on the People's Collection Wales site