"LLANGWYRYVON, or LLANGRWYDDON, (LLAN Y GWYRYDDON), a parish in the lower division of the hundred of ILAR, county of CARDIGAN, SOUTH WALES, 8 miles (S. by E.) from Aberystwith, containing 533 inhabitants. The name of this place signifies " the church of the Virgins," and is derived from the dedication of its church to St.Ursula, and the eleven thousand virgins. The parish is situated on the southern bank of the Wyrai river, and comprises a considerable tract of enclosed and well-cultivated land, with a large portion of open and elevated common...."
[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

  • Llangwyryfon Parish Church Return missing

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

    • St Ursula
    • Incumbent and Curates; J C Owen
    • Rural Deanery of Llanbadarn Fawr
    • Acreage 3,925; Population 425

    St Ursula - photograph on Dyfed FHS

    See Chapels database


    Church Records

    See Notes on Church/Chapel Records page

    Parish Register;
    Baptisms 1729-1991. Marriages 1729-1970 [Banns with gaps 1823-1992]. Burials 1729-1992 NLW with copies of some dates at Cer.RO
    Copy ts PR M 1725-1837 with index NLW/Cer.RO
    Bishops Transcripts;
    1674-5, 1678, 1680-1, 1683-5, 1687, 1699, 1811-66, 1868-79, 1887-90 NLW

    See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

    I.G.I; Baptisms 1812-75

    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

    For Parochial Records, see under Public Records

    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 3846 acres; Population 270 males, 325 females, total 595

      Various landscapes - on the People's Collection Wales site

      You can see pictures of Llangwyryfon which are provided by:



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

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



      Main, Gwladys. David Morgans, Police Officer: A Life's Journey from Llangwyryfon to Aberystwyth. Cardiganshire FHS Journal Vol 2~ No 6, Oct 2000. Continues in part the article by Shirley Martin in the Feb 2000 issue.

      Martin, Shirley. More on the Morgans family of Trefenter, Llangwyryfon. Cardiganshire FHS journal Vol 3/3 Oct 2002



      6th century inscribed stone from Llangwyryfon - on the People's Collection Wales site "This fragmentary stone bears the Latin inscription: DOMNICI / IACIT FILIVS / BRAVECCI 'of Domnicus. He lies (here), son of Braveccus'"

      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 280/1; section on Rhandir estate.

      Phillips, Richard. Dyn a'i Wreiddiau: Peth o Hanes Plwyf Llangwyryfon [Man and His Origins : History of Llangyryfon parish]. Aberystwyth: Welsh Book Centre,1975


      Land & Property

      Held at the NLW ;

      • The Phillips [Tal-y-bont] papers have C19-C20 farming records of Phillips of Tre-faes Isaf, Llangwyryfon, and Erglodd and Llwyn-glas,Tal-y-bont. It may also be worth consulting Tre-faes papers for this family from the C17, also at the NLW.
      • Cardiganshire Rentals ; 8-12. Lordship of Mefenydd, 1892-5 (Gwnnws Isaf, Llangwyryfon, Llanilar, Llanrhystud, Lledrod Isaf, Rhostïe).


      Parish map (Kain/Oliver)

      You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN612698 (Lat/Lon: 52.308419, -4.037218), Llangwyryfon which are provided by:


      Names, Geographical

      Places, villages, farms etc within Llangwyryfon 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)

      • Llangwyryfon (28); Abernac; Afon beidog; Argoed; Blaen Wyre; Bryn-chwith; Caer Argoed; Ffynnon-wen; Garth-fawr; Gors-las; Hafod-glas; Hafod Ithel; Llangwyryfon (village); Llyn Eiddwen; Maes-Beidog; Pant-y-gwair; Pen-glan-Owen; Plas-bach; Rhandir-uchaf; Trefenter; Ty-newydd; Ty'n-llwyn

        Public Records

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

        • Llangwyryfon Parish Council Records 1894-1975

        Parochial Records at the NLW;

        • PR 7 contains Churchwardens' Accounts 1737-1760, with gaps : Vestry Minutes 1746, 1773-1802, 1815.
        • Poor Rate Assessment 1749, 1792.
        • PR1 contains Vestry Minutes 1782 ; Overseers' Accounts 1799-1800 ; Poor Rate Assessment 1824-1833.
        • Poor Rate Assessment, Highway Assessment & Accounts, Church Rate, Churchwardens' Accounts 1834-1865.
        • Highway Rate Assessment Accounts ; Accounts for Lower Division 1828-1836.
        • Llangwyryfon School Logbook 1867-1879
        • Also [unnumbered] 1841-1868, 1886 Vestry Book and list of Overseers 1849-1866.

        Held at Ceredigion Archives;

        • Llangwyryfon Parish and Community Council Minutes 1895-1940


        Here is an extract from The Reports of the Commissioners appointed to enquire into the state of Education in Wales. 1847

        This page has been partly compiled from material previously published in their journal
        by kind permission of Cardiganshire Family History Society