"KÎLRHEDYN (CÎL-RHEDYN), a parish, in the union of NEWCASTLE-EMLYN, partly in the hundred of ELVET, county of CARMARTHEN, and partly in that of KILGERRAN, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 5 miles (S.W.) from Newcastle-Emlyn; containing 1108 inhabitants, of whom 857 are in Carmarthenshire, and 251 in the Pembrokeshire, portion. This place is situated on the Star road leading from Carmarthen to Cardigan . . . The parish, the greater part of which is in Carmarthenshire, is intersected by the small river Cych, which here forms the boundary line between the two counties; and comprises by computation between 6000 and 7000 acres, of which 1296 are arable, and the remainder consists of woodland and heath, including a considerable extent of turbary. The river Pedran winds through the lands, which are in some places low and flat, and in others hilly, ornamented occasionally with oak and other timber . . . The church, which is situated in the county of Pembroke, and dedicated to St. Teilo, contains 152 sittings, of which some are free. There are places of worship for Independents, Baptists, and Presbyterians; three day schools, in which 110 children are instructed at the expense of their parents; three Sunday schools, appertaining to the dissenters . . . and a Sunday school of fifty children . . . of the Independent denomination." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1844).]



Monumental Inscriptions for this parish have the LDS Call Number: 1471282


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

  • Kilrhedin Parish Church "The Church is situated in one corner of the Parish and is in a very dilapidated state, and offering very little advantage or convenience for public worship" [Space; Free 250, Other 30] William Harries, Curate
  • Capel Evan, Kilrhedyn Congregationalists or Independents Erected in 1723, re-erected in 1795 and enlarged again in 1844. Free 150, other 332, Standing 550] "The chapel is calculated to hold nearly 1200 persons ...... Several prayer meetings held in the neighbourhood at dwelling houses account for the small attendance here on the evenings here" Thomas Davies, Deacon
  • Pant-Teg Unitarian Free Baptists Erected in 1764, repaired in 1843 James Morris, Deacon, Penrheol, Nr Caprl Evan
  • Rehoboth, Cilrhedyn Baptist Erected in 1807 David Jones, Baptist Minister

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

  • St Teilo
  • Incumbent and Curates; J H Jenkins
  • Rural Deanery of Emlyn
  • Acreage 7,971; Population 832
    Davies, D. Picton. Hanes eglwys Capel Iwan, 1723-1923: sef cofnodion y cyfarfodydd a gynhaliwyd Mai 22 a 23, 1923, i ddathlu daucanmlwyddiant yr achos, (Caerdydd, 1924), 85p.

    'Cilrhedyn Church, Pembrokeshire', excerpt from 'The Church-Builder' No. VIII, c.1863 - on the People's Collection Wales site


    Church Records


    Dyfed FHS have photographs and data relating to various churches and chapels on their site

    Most of this parish was in Carmarthenshire [partly in Pembrokeshire]. Church closed 1981. Diocesan records suggest that c1790 this parish had registers going back to 1701.

    Parish registers: Christenings (1800-1978), Marriages (1754-1963), and Banns (1800-12) are at the National Library of Wales with Mf copies at Pem.RO

    Copy ts PR [extracts] CMB (1771-1904) at NLW

    Copy ts PR C (1813-75) M (1754-1875) B (1813-75) arranged alphabetically, at Pem.RO

    Copy ts PR/BT M pre 1813 with index , at NLW and Pem.RO

    Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1676, 1678-81, 1683, 1685-9, 1702-3, 1705, 1799-1807, 1809-57, 1861, 1864-5, 1868-70, 1872-4) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

    Marriage index for this parish - see Dyfed Marriages, 1813-1837, Vol. 7 - Cilgerran Hundred (Dyfed Family History Society, c1989).

    See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg (under Pem)

    Nonconformist Chapels:

    • Clawddcoch Baptist Church -  built in 1905. coflein
    • Pantteg (Baptist, 17th C), near Capel Iwan Records with those of Rhydwilm Chapel (Llandissilio) SN29403613 Built 1764, rebuilt/modified 1843 & 1900 Not still in use in 1998 Coflein
    • Rehoboth (Baptist, 1799), Pont Wedwst Registers (1877-85), accounts (1896-1900) NLW SN285356 Built 1808 & rebuilt/modified 1859. Disused by 1993. Coflein
    • Blaen-Cych Independent Sunday School - By 1998 it had been converted into a private dwelling. coflein
    • Bryn Iwan (Independent, 1852), Crug Evan [right on border with Conwil Elfed parish] Records with those of Capel-y-graig (Trelech a'r Betws) SN31643145 Built 1852 & rebuilt/modified 1886. 1998 still open Coflein On Dyfed FHS (under Cynwyl Elfet) 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 Gareth Hicks (Oct 2008)
    • Capel Iwan /Ifan/Evan (Independent, bef 1723): members (1787-1885) Carmarthenshire RO, and records with those of Capel-y-graig (Trelech a'r Betws) SN2897362 Built 1723 & rebuilt/modified 1795; present chapel built 1846 & rebuilt/modified 1883 1998 still in use Coflein 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 (Jan 2011)
    • TANGLWYS INDEPENDENT SUNDAY SCHOOL, TANGLWYS -    In 1998 the building was still in Sunday School use.  coflein
    • BRYN MORIAH PENTECOSTAL CHURCH (EVANGELICAL), BRYN IWAN   The chapel was built in 1913 and extended in 1988. Status (1998): chapel   coflein

    Description & Travel

    The Religious census of 1851 : A Calendar of the returns relating to Wales, Vol 1, South Wales., byJones, I.G. & Williams, D. UWP, Cardiff, 1976. These statistics for this parish are extracted from this book which in turn got them from the 1851 census itself;

    • In Carmarthenshire Area 5673 acres; Population 374 males, 432 females, total 806
    • In Pembrokeshire Area 2183 acres; Population 124 males, 133 females, total 256

      Various landscapes - on the People's Collection Wales site

      You can see pictures of Cilrhedyn which are provided by:



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



      Jones, Dr Leslie Baker. The Glaspant Diary 1896. A Chronicle of Carmarthenshire Country Life. Carmarthenshire County Council 2001.There are 192 glossy pages.
      "Dr Leslie Baker-Jones has made a special study of the gentry of south-west Wales: their estates, mansion houses, religion, politics and social life. This edition of The Glaspant Diary 1896 provides a vivid account of life in and around one of the lesser gentry houses of north-west Carmarthenshire more than a century ago".
      The diary is in the possesion of the NLW. There is a lot of genealogical information in this book as the Howells were connected to many other minor gentry families throughout Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire also over into Cardiganshire. Lots of ordinary local people and places are referred to in the text too.


      Lloyd, Sir John E., (Ed.). A History of Carmarthenshire (2 vols.), Cardiff, London Carmarthenshire Society (1935, 1939). Extracts from this book can be accessed on some parish pages


      Parish map(Kain/Oliver)

      You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN300345 (Lat/Lon: 51.982677, -4.476199), Cilrhedyn which are provided by:


      Names, Geographical

      Places, villages, farms etc within Cilrhedyn 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 Merv Thomas)

      • Cilrhedyn [41]; Blackcock, Blaen-Achddu, Blaen-Bowy, Blaen-nant-hir, Blaen-Sylgen, Blaen-y-cwm, Capel-Ifan, Cefn-y-gwndwn, Cil-waunydd-fawr, Clyn-y-felin, Crug-Evan, Cwm-gelli, Cwm-Morgan, Cym-cych, Ddol-wen, Ffarm-fach, Gelynen, Gilfach-ymryson, Glan-Mamog, Glaspant, Gors, Marlogws, Maudland, Pentre-Isaf, Pen-y-ffin, Pen-y-waun, Plas-yr-hafod, Rhwyn-coch, Rhyd-blaen-nant-hir, Sarnau
      • West Cilrhedyn (the part in PEM) [12]; Blaen-gilfach, Blaen-Pibydd, Cadifor Hall, Clyn-felin-fach, Drysgol-goch, Dyffryn, Hen Garran, Pen-gribyn, Post gwyn, Source of Afon Pedran, Tyddyn, West Cilhedryn ( as shown on the online parish map from the above CD)

      Public Records

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

      • Cilrhedyn Parish Council Records 1856-1954 (accumulated 1894-1954)