Llanfair Clydogau


"LLANVAIR CLYDOGAU (LLAN-VAIR-Y-CLYWEDOGAU), a parish in the upper division of the hundred of MOYTHEN, county of CARDIGAN, SOUTH WALES, 4 miles (N. E. by E.) from Lampeter, containing 385 inhabitants. This parish is pleasantly situated in the upper part of the Vale of Teivy, and on the eastern bank of that river, at a short distance from the turnpike road from Lampeter to Trêgaron bordering on the county of Carmarthen..."
[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

  • Llanfairclydoge Parish Church Morgan Williams, Incumbent

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

St Mary's church - photograph on Dyfed FHS

Colour digital photographic survey of Capel Mair, Llanfair Clydogau, by Toby Driver, 03/03/2006  - on the People's Collection Wales site


    Church Records

    See Notes on Church/Chapel Records page

    Parish Register;
    Baptisms 1813-1910. Marriages 1813-1970. Burials 1813-1965 NLW/Cer.RO
    Copy ms PR C 1748-1813. M 1748-53, 1755-1810. B 1748-1811 NLW/Cer.RO
    Bishops Transcripts;
    1676, 1678-9, 1684, 1686, 1799, 1806, 1808-9, 1811-16, 1818-34, 1836, 1838-40, 1853-4, 1859-80, 1882 NLW

    See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

    I.G.I; Baptisms 1806-40, 1853-75

    Nonconformist Chapels;

    Capel Mair Ind chapel, Llanfair Bridge

    • Capel Mair Ind chapel, Llanfair Bridge SN62175143 Started 1790 at Pentre, chapel built 1825, rebuilt 1845, 1861 & 1911. Vestry (re)built 1951. Records; see Ebenezer, Llangybi parish Still open 1998 (The Chapels Recording Project in Wales & Rawlins - see Notes on Church/Chapel Records page)
    • Capel Mair, Llanfair Clydoge Ind Erected in 1825 David Stephens, Independent Minister (1851 census - see above)
    • Capel Mair Welsh Ind chapel, Llanfair Clydogau Opened 1825 Still open in 1992 ( My Ancestors were Congregationalists in England and Wales, by D J H Clifford, SOG, 1992.)
    • Morgan, D Lloyd. Capel Mair, Llanfair Clydogau. Cyfrol y jiwbili yn cynwys hanes a dathliad ei chanmlwyddiant, sef o Gorffenaf, 1825, hyd Gorffenaf, 1925. Llanelli: James Davies a'i Gwmni, 1926
    • Photograph on Dyfed FHS

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

    • Gomer M. Roberts, Hanes Capeli, Books and Papers "Include;...... Capel Mair, Llanfair Clydogau......."

    Shown as still open on the Union of Welsh Independents site (Dec 2006)

    Rees, Thomas & John Thomas. Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru (History of the Welsh Independent Churches), 4 volumes (published 1871+). Here is the entry from this book for this chapel (in Welsh ) - with translation by Maureen Saycell (Sept 2008)


    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 4815 acres; Population 271 males, 317 females, total 588

         Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site

        • Various landscapes 
        You can see pictures of Llanfair Clydogau which are provided by:



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

        Description of the parish of Llanfair Clydogau 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 228/9; the incumbent of the church in 1800 was the Rev David Williams. Mentioned is the residence of Plas Llanvair Clywedogau.

        Williams, David Vicar of Llanfair. Y wladfa fach fynyddig. Situated in the parishes of Llanddewibrefi and Llanfairclydogau. Dinbych: 1963


        Land & Property

        Documents held at the NLW :

        • Cardiganshire Rentals ;
          19-20. Lordship of Anhuniog, 1925 (Betws Leucu, Cilcennin, Ciliau Aeron, Henfynyw, Llanfair Clydogau).

        Various items  - on the People's Collection Wales site

        • Rent Receipt for Fachddu,Llanfair Clydogau. One of a series of rent receipts held in the collection of Lampeter Museum.  1890s
        • Llanfair Clydogau and Llanddewibrefi estates the property of Thomas Johnes Esqr


         Map of the parish of Llanfair Clydogau 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 SN632515 (Lat/Lon: 52.144385, -4.000268), Llanfair Clydogau which are provided by:


        Names, Geographical

        Places, villages, farms etc within Llanfair Clydogau 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)

        • Llanfair Clydogau (73); Afon Dulas; Bryn Cyssegrfan; Castell Goetre; Esgair; Glan-Dulas-uchaf; Glan-rhocca; Llanfair Clydogau (village); Llanfair-fach; Llwyn-cnau; Llyn y Gwaith; Maes-y-forest; Nant Clywedog; Nant Clywedog-ganol; Nant Clywedog-uchaf; Pant-meinog; Pen-lan-medd; Pentre; Pont Glanrhyd;

          Social Life & Customs

           Old woman, Llanfair Clydogau (Evans)  - on the People's Collection Wales site