Llanfihangel Ystrad


"LLANVIHANGEL YSTRAD (LLAN-VIHANGEL YSTRAD), a parish in the upper division of the hundred of MOYTHEN, county of CARDIGAN, SOUTH WALES, 6 miles (N. W.) from Lampeter, comprising the Upper and Lower divisions, and containing 1183 inhabitants, of which number, 612 are in the Upper, and 571 in the Lower, division. This parish, which is pleasantly situated on the river Aêron and on the turnpike road front Lampeter to Aberystwith, is of considerable extent, reaching from the beautiful vale of Aêron almost to that of the Teivy, comprehending a rich variety of scenery, in many parts highly picturesque, and embracing, especially from the higher grounds, several interesting and extensive views of the surrounding country...."
[From Samuel Lewis's A Topographical Dictionary of Wales 1833]



A bound copy of the 1841 census return for this parish is available at Carmarthen Reference Library. It was produced by pupils of Lampeter Comprehensive School as part of the Lampeter and District Census Project 1987.


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

  • Capel Beynon, Llanfihangel Ystrad Licensed about July 1847 "4 miles from Lampeter. New Chapel built for the accommodation of a part of the parish" David Griffiths, Minister, Rector of Trefilan
  • Llanfihangel Ystrad Parish Church David Griffiths, Vicar

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

    • St Michael & Cribin Mission Church
    • Incumbent and Curates; W H Morgan
    • Rural Deanery of Glyn Aeron
    • Acreage 7,649 ; Population 813

    St Michael's church - photograph on Dyfed FHS

    St Silin, Cribyn church - photograph on Dyfed FHS

    See  Chapels database


    Church Records

    See Notes on Church/Chapel Records page

    Parish Register;
    Baptisms 1712-46, 1813-1993. Marriages 1712-46, 1812-1970[Banns 1823-93]. Burials 1712-46, 1813-1992 NLW with copies of some dates at Cer.RO
    PR CMB 1748-1812 recorded in 1933 seemingly lost
    Bishops Transcripts;
    1676, 1678-9, 1681-3, 1689, 1799-1867, 1869-82, 1885-8, 1890 NLW

    See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

    I.G.I; Baptisms 1799-1875

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

    • Area 7467 acres; Population 568 males, 615 females, total 1183
      You can see pictures of Llanfihangel Ystrad which are provided by:



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

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



      Cardiganshire Families

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

      • Evan Richards Papers 1787-1873 "The papers consist of the personal papers and letters of, and acquired by, Evan Richards of Nanthenfoel,[Llanfihangel Ystrad] 1823-1872, family correspondence, 1826-1891; unproved Cardiganshire wills, 1805-1847; and miscellaneous documents of Cardiganshire interest, 1787-1853"

      Gorman, David. John Jones --- Master Clogmaker and Fisherman. Cardiganshire FHS journal vol 3/8 June 2004. John Jones of Frongay, born there 1860.

      Griffith-Jones, Bill. A Blue Book schoolmaster ? Cardiganshire FHS journal vol 4/1 Feb 2005. Refers to John Jones, schoolmaster at Cribyn in Llanfihangel Ystrad



      Lewes, J Hext. Llanllyr 1180-1980 (NLW's site) Ceredigion Vol VI

      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 236/38; referred to as Ystrad parish, the church is a vicarage and the last 3 incumbents were the Rev David Lloyd, Rev Henry Rogers, Rev Thomas Davies. Mentioned are Ystrad House, Llywd-Siac, Green Grove, and Llanllear.


      Land & Property

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

      • Llanllyr Estate Records 1631-1861 "Llanllyr in the parish of Llanfihangel Ystrad was originally a convent for Cistercian nuns, and a cell of the Cistercian abbey of Strata Florida......"
      • Lloyd Jack estate, papers 1764-1865 "The Lloyd Jack estate was mainly situated in Llanfihangel Ystrad. It's original name was Llwyd Siac. David Jenkin Rees, the founder of Unitarianism in the Aeron Valley, lived at Lloyd Jack and established a school there"

      Held at the NLW ;

      • Papers of Cardiganshire interest including material relating to Evan Richards of Nanthenfoel, parish of Llanfihangel Ystrad, co. Card., and his family. Donated by Mrs. Estyn Evans , April 1983 (A1983/70).
      • Llanllyr. Records of the Llanllyr estate, Cardiganshire and Carmarthenshire, and the Lewes family, 1631-1861 ; include records of Tal-y-sarn fair, 1631-1837.
      • Cardiganshire Rentals ;
        18. Lordship of Mebwynion, 1924 (Ciliau Aeron, Dihewyd, Lampeter, Llanfihangel Ystrad).


      The parish of Llanfihangel Ystrad, Cardiganshire  - on the People's Collection Wales site

      Parish map (Kain/Oliver)

      You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN540538 (Lat/Lon: 52.16294, -4.136353), Llanfihangel Ystrad which are provided by:


      Names, Geographical

      Places, villages, farms etc within Llanfihangel Ystrad 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)

      • Llanfihangel Ystrad (59); Afon Aeron; Afon Granell; Afon Gwili; Afon Ty-cam?; Blaen-wern; Bryn-goleu; Bwlch-y-person; Capel St Silin; Castell; Cribyn (village); Cribyn Clotta; Cwm-llydan; Felindre; Felin-fach; Felin Fach Sta.; Ffynnon-oer; Fro; Gaer; Gaer Fach; Graig-wen; Green grove; GWR Lampeter & Aberayron Light Railway; Hendre las; Llanfihangel Ystrad (village); Llan-Llyr; Lletty-Bowen; Mount Pleasant; Nant Creuddyn; Nant Wysg; Pen-bryn-mawr; Pont Creuddyn; Rhiw-onen; Rhyd-Fudr; Rhyd-y-Fran; Temple Bar (village); Ty'n rhos; Ty'n-y-fron


      Davies, J Llefelys. A Milk Enterprise at Felinfach. Llawlyfr Cymdeithas Ceredigion Llundain, 1952