"LLANGUNLLO (LLAN-GYNLLO), a parish in the upper division of the hundred of TROEDYRAUR , county of CARDIGAN, SOUTH WALES, 3 1/2 miles (N. E. by E.) from Newcastle-Emlyn, containing 644 inhabitants. This parish, which derives its name from the dedication of its church to St. Cynllo, is pleasantly situated on the turnpike road from Cardigan through Troedyr-awr to Lampeter, and nearly the whole of it is enclosed and in a good state of cultivation. The soil, though varying with the surface, which is finely undulated, and in some parts rises into bold eminences, is in general fertile. The surrounding country is pleasingly varied, and the scenery in many parts is highly picturesque. The upper grounds command some extensive and interesting prospects, and from the eminence on which the church is built is obtained a fine view over the beautiful vale above which stands the mansion of Bronwydd...."
[From Samuel Lewis's A Topographical Dictionary of Wales 1833]



Monumental Inscriptions produced by Dyfed FHS for Llangynllo: [Sant Cynllo, Bwlch-y-groes, Ffostrasol, Coed-y-bryn]


Church History

St Cynllo church - photograph on Dyfed FHS

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


Black and White photograph showing Llangynllo church. - on the People's Collection Wales site

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

  • St Cynllo
  • Incumbent and Curates; J Jenkins
  • Rural Deanery of Sub Aeron
  • Acreage 3,683; Population 497

Whatmore, Brian. A guide to S. Cynllo's Church Llangynllo Edition 2nd rev ed.Brian Whatmore, 1998.


Church Records

See Notes on Church/Chapel Records page

Parish Register;
Baptisms 1756-83, 1813-1957. Marriages 1755-1970. Burials 1756-83, 1813-1958 NLW/Cer.RO
PR CB 1784-1812 recorded in 1831 seemingly lost. Diocesan records suggest that c 1790 this parish had registers back to 1724.
Bishops Transcripts;
1675-6, 1679, 1681, 1683-8, 1690, 1702-3, 1705, 1799-1804, 1806-11, 1813-14, 1816, 1818-72, 1875, 1885-6 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 3650 acres; Population 255 males, 308 females, total 563
You can see pictures of Llangynllo which are provided by:



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

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



Baker-Jones, Leslie. The Wolf and the Boar: The Lloyds of Bronwydd Cardiganshire: Lords Marcher of Cemais. 2005. Quatrefoil Books, ISBN 09855091608
This book traces the history of the Lloyd family and their estates from 1562 until 1933. The Bronwydd collection of thousands of documents is held at the National Library of Wales and covers the administration of vast tracts of North Pembrokeshire - the barony of Cemais - including the Lord Marcher's castle at Newport, Pem. The Bronwydd estate near Henllan in Cardiganshire itself rose from a sixteenth-century smallholding to over 8000 acres by 1900.The Bronwydd pedigree is included in a family tree dating back to 1591and many places and people's names are to be found in a comprehensive index.
Ordinary people and farms are also mentioned throughout. (MJS)


Davies, Evan. Hanes Plwyf Llangynllo [History of Llangynllo Parish] . Llandyssul, 1905

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 200-203; has sections on the Church (last 3 incumbents were Rev John Howels, Rev Thomas Howels, Rev John Jones), Bronwydd estate, Pen y Baili, and Gernos.


Land & Property

Held at the NLW ;

  • Records from the offices of Morgan Richardson, solicitors, Cardigan, C16-C20, with family papers of Thomas Morgan, solicitor,C19. Estates include those of Phillips of Haverfordwest, Lort and Lort-Phillips of Lawrenny, Pembrokeshire; Lewes, Parry and Tyler of Gernos, Cardiganshire ; Saunders Davies of Pentre, Pembrokeshire ; Thomas and Beynon of Llanfair and Dol-llan and Beynon of Llaethliw, Cardiganshire and Carmarthenshire ; Vaughan and Millingchamp of Plas Llangoedmor, Cardiganshire ; Pigeonsford and Brynog, Cardiganshire ; Posty, Pembrokeshire.
  • Bronwydd. Manuscripts and records relating to the family of Bronwydd, co Cardigan, and their ancestors, the Owens of Henllys, co Pembroke. including literary, genealogical and historical manuscripts of George Owen of Henllys [c.1552-1613]; manorial records relating to the hundred and barony of Cemais in Pembrokeshire ; and deeds , mostly C16th-C18th.

The goods and chattels of a Cardiganshire Esquire in 1663: Bronwydd MSS at the NLW Transactions of the Cardiganshire Antiquarian Society Vol 11 1936 Welsh Journals Online



Plan of the parish of Llangynllo 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 SN362448 (Lat/Lon: 52.077415, -4.392257), Llangynllo which are provided by:


Names, Geographical

Places, villages, farms etc within Llangynllo 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)

  • Llangynllo (90); Blaen-llan; Blaen-y-wern; Bronwydd; Coed-y-bryn; Croes-lan; Cwm-bwch; Ffostrasol; Ffynnon-wen; Gernos Mountain; Glyn-hynod; Hawen; Llangynllo (village); Maesllyn; Mount Gernos; Nant-Gwylan; Pant-Sais; Pant-teg; Pen-allt; Pen-beili-mawr; Rhyd-goch; Wern-ddu; Woollen factory;


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

 Maes-llyn school, Llangynllo (Cer), group of girls and teachers - on the People's Collection Wales site