"LLANILAR ( LLAN-ILAR), a parish consisting of the Upper and Lower divisions, each separately maintaining its poor, in the upper division of the hundred of ILAR, county of CARDIGAN, SOUTH WALES, 6 miles (S. S. E.) from Aberystwith, containing 994 inhabitants, of which number, 482 are in the Upper, and 512 in the Lower, division. This parish, which derives its name from the dedication of its church, is pleasantly situated on the southern bank of the river Ystwyth, and near the high road from Aberystwith to Cardigan. Part of it is hilly, though some is flat and liable to be flooded: the soil is in general shallow and dry, but produces good crops of corn, hay, &c...."
[From Samuel Lewis's A Topographical Dictionary of Wales 1833]
Benson, D G, C S Briggs, J L Davies and G H Williams. A Bronze Age cemetery at Llanilar, Ceredigion (NLW's site) Ceredigion, Vol IX/3 1982.
"This account of the work at Llanilar (prompted by a find during excavations for housing) is a report describing only the 1980 salvage excavations upon the main part of the Bronze Age cemetery. During 1983, investigations were recommenced and the results of that work must await publication at a later date...."
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
Parish entry for Llanilar with Rhostie from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).
St Hilary - photograph on Dyfed FHS
Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site
- Black and White photograph showing capel and stream, Llanilar.
- Black and White photograph showing St Hilarys church, Llanilar.
See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph
Rees, Gwynfor. Un o'r harddaf yn y parth hwn o'r sir: Adnewyddu Eglwys Llanilar 1873/4 (NLW's site) Ceredigion X
Baptisms 1685-1984. Marriages 1685-1970 [Banns 1823-1992].Burials 1685-1992 NLW with copies of some dates at Cer.RO
1675-6, 1678-9, 1682-3, 1688, 1699, 1702-3, 1705, 1811-72, 1874-6 NLW
See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg
I.G.I; Baptisms 1811-76. Marriages 1812-37
Index to Burials from Parish Registers 1813-1837 available for purchase from Cardiganshire Family History Society Volume 2: Ilar (Upper) Hundred . Parishes covered: Eglwys Newydd, Gwnnws, Llanafan, Llanfihangel-y-Creuddyn, Llanilar, Lledrod, Rhostïe, Ysbyty Ystwyth, Ystrad Meurig
Carmel Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Llanilar
Sundry other chapel references
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;
Various landscapes - on the People's Collection Wales site
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Llanilar to another place.
You can see the administrative areas in which Llanilar has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.
Wooden boot jack, Llanilar, late C19th - on the People's Collection Wales site
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 284/86; Hamlets named include Dolvawr, Middle, Eglwys, Rhydybrynarth, Grugwen. The last 5 church incumbents were ---Roberts, John Morgan, William Hughes of Glanr'avon, Daniel Williams of Carmarthenshire, 1798 Owen Owen of Aberystwyth. Mention of Abermaid, Llidiade estate, Castle Hill estate.
Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;
- Llidiardau estate, records "Personal and estate papers of the family of Parry of Llidiardau, Llanilar, Cardiganshire, and of the associated families of Hughes of Glanrheidol, Llanbadarn Fawr, and Hughes of Alltlwyd, Llansantffraid, both also of Cardiganshire, mainly 18 cent.-20 cent......."
Held at the NLW ;
- Llidiardau. Estate and family records of Parry of Llidiardau in Llanilar parish, Cardiganshire, and the associated families of Hughes of Glanrheidol and Hughes of Allt-lwyd, mainly C18-C20.
- Records of the Phillips family of Tre-faes Uchaf, parish of Llanilar, Cardiganshire, 1664-1909, relating to properties in Cardiganshire and including documents associated with Augustus Brackenbury [Y Sais Bach].
- Cardiganshire Rentals ;
8-12. Lordship of Mefenydd, 1892-5 (Gwnnws Isaf, Llangwyryfon, Llanilar, Llanrhystud, Lledrod Isaf, Rhostïe).
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN631724 (Lat/Lon: 52.332284, -4.010868), Llanilar which are provided by:
- Google Maps
- StreetMap (Current Ordnance Survey maps)
- OpenStreetMap Cymru (Welsh counties only)
- Bing (was Multimap)
- Old Maps Online
- National Library of Scotland (Old Ordnance Survey maps)
- Vision of Britain (Click "Historical units & statistics" for administrative areas.)
- Magic (Geographic information) (Click + on map if it doesn't show)
- GeoHack (Links to on-line maps and location specific services.)
Places, villages, farms etc within Llanilar 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)
Llanilar YFC, various - on the People's Collection Wales site
Held at Ceredigion Archives;
- Welsh version "Health and Safety at Work" under the Factories and Workshops Act 1901 from Dyffryn Mill, Llanilar
Here is an extract from The Reports of the Commissioners appointed to enquire into the state of Education in Wales. 1847
Outside the Falcon Hotel Llanilar. 9 July 1905 [coach & horses] - on the People's Collection Wales site