"LLANDINGAT (LLAN-DINGAD), a parish, in the union of LLANDOVERY, partly in the higher division of the hundred of PERVERTH, and partly in the hundred of CAYO, county of CARMARTHEN, SOUTH WALES; comprising the market-town of Llandovery, and containing 2345 inhabitants. This parish, which takes its name from the dedication of its church, is pleasantly situated near the confluence of the rivers Brân and Gwytherig, which, uniting their streams a little above the town of Llandovery, fall into the river Towy. The surface is for the most part undulated; and, with the exception of the summits of a few of the hills, the lands are generally inclosed and in a good state of cultivation. . . The environs are enlivened by numerous handsome seats, of which the principal within the parish are, Llwyn Brân . . . and Velindre. . . The church, dedicated to St. Dingat, is an ancient building, consisting of two spacious aisles, with a tower, but presents no interesting architectural details: it was once destroyed by the Norman invaders of this part of Wales. The church of Llanvair-ar-y-Bryn is situated within this parish, about a quarter of a mile from Llandovery, and about a mile distant from its own parish. There are places of worship for Independents, Wesleyans, and Calvinistic Methodists, all in the town of Llandovery. . ." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1844).]


Archives & Libraries

Evans, T. Focus on Llandovery: Researching Llandovery Families in Carmarthenshire R.O. J. of the Dyfed FHS, vol. 6, no. 1, (1997) pp.2-4. [See Not everyone knows this]


Jones, R.B. A lanterne to their feete: remembering Rhys Prichard 1579-1644, Vicar of Llandovery, Porthyrhyd, Llanwrda, Dyfed, Drovers Press (1994) [6], 86 p., ill., facsims., maps. [ISBN: 0950890359 (pbk)]

Business & Commerce Records

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

  • W. Jones, General Draper, Miliner, Gent's Mercer and Co., Llandovery, Records 1927-1961 "W. Jones, General Draper, Miliner [sic], Gent's Mercer and Co. were located at Alma House, Llandovery, Carmarthenshire, and were active in the 1930s-1960s...................."
  • Llandovery Gas Company 1868-1949
  • The Llandovery Terra-Cota Brick and Tile Co. Ltd Records 1907
  • D. T. M. Jones (Solicitors) Records 1544-[?1940] (predominantly 1775-1933) (accumulated 1775-[?1940]) "D. T. M. Jones & Co. was a firm of solicitors based in Llandovery, Carmarthenshire, established [ c. 1775] by Edward Jones ..................."


Rhydderch, A. Llandovery College Boarders in the 1881 Census. J. of the Dyfed FHS, vol. 4, no. 2, (1991) pp.68-70. [Transcription]

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

  • All entries in section for Llandovery Borough
  • Llandingad Parish Church "The morning congregation being English and the evening congregation being Welsh........." Joshua Hughes, Vicar
  • Ebenezer Particular Baptist Erected in 1844 "Attended at the Llandovery Union Workhouse at 2 o'clock to preach and examine the children" John Morgan, Minister, Tallog, Nr Llandovery
  • Wesleyan Chapel, Castle St WM Erected in 1808 William Williams, Grocer etc, Llandovery
  • Tabernacle, Queen St CM Erected about 1800 "A great portion of our Congregation consists of Farmers and their families, of a circuit of about 2 miles around the Town" Rees Jones, Deacon, High St
  • Salem Ind Erected in 1799 D Thomas, Deacon, High St
  • No returns for the Hamlets of Telych, Forest & Ystrad

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

  • St Dingad & Llanfair
  • Incumbent and Curates; J Rees (P Jenkyns)
  • Rural Deanery of Llangadock
  • Acreage 8,319 ; Population 2,324

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph of Llandingat St Dingat Church

Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site

  • Church, Llandingad
  • Williams Pantycelyn Memorial Chapel, Llandovery
  • Tabernacle Choir, Llandovery (1898)

See John Ball's site Welsh Churches and Chapels Collection for a photograph/data re St Dingat's Church, Llandovery

See John Ball's site Welsh Churches and Chapels Collection for a photograph/data re Williams Pantycelyn Memorial Church, Llandovery (Calvinistic Methodist)

    Griffiths, G. Milwyn. A Visitation of the Archdeaconry of Carmarthen, 1710 National Library of Wales journal. 1974, Summer Vol XVIII/3. Includes the parish of Llan Amddyfri (see also entry for Llan Fair y Bryn)

      Evans, G. Story of the ancient churches of Llandovery, London, Honorable Society of Cymmrodorion (1913) 210 p., ill., facsim., map. [Published also in the Transactions of the Honorable Society of Cymmrodorion, 1911-12]

      Jones, Albert. Eglwys Salem, Llanymddyfri, 1797-1947: dathlu trydedd iwbili'r achos, Sul a Llun, Medi 18 a 29, 1947, (Llandysul, 1947) 31p.


      Church Records

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

      Diocesan records suggest that c1790 the earliest PR here went back to 1660

      Parish registers: Christenings (1733-1909), Marriages (1733-1904, 1907-65), Banns (1823-1905) and Burials (1733-1911) are at the National Library of Wales, with facsimiles at the Carmarthenshire Record Office.

      Copy ts PR index CB (1813-75) M (1733-1875) Banns (1823-75) at NLW and SOG

      Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1672, 1677-9, 1681-4, 1686-7, 1711, 1715-16, 1718, 1721-2, 1724, 1728-31, 1733-45, 1748-83, 1785-94, 1796-1800, 1802-54, 1856-7, 1859-60, 1865) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

      Parish registers indexed by the Merlin Group and held at Carm.RO ;
      Baptisms 1813-1875, Marriages 1733-1875, Marriages with banns 1823-1875, Marriage Strays 1823-1875, Burials 1813-1875.

      Marriage index for this parish - see Dyfed Marriages, 1813-1837, Vol. 21 - Perfedd Hundred (Dyfed Family History Society, c1989)

      See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

      Nonconformist Chapels:

      • Ebenezer (Baptist, 1801), Queen St, Llandovery SN7694934514 Built 1844; refitted 1884 Still open 1998 Coflein
      • Memorial Chapel (Calvinistic Methodist, 1884), High St, Llandovery Register of baptisms (from c 1910) Williams Pantycelyn Memorial Chapel (English), Llandovery On Dyfed FHS
      • Tabernacle (Calvinistic Methodist, 1797), Queen St, Llandovery Births and baptisms (1819-37) PRO RG4/3831, LDS 828108, IGI On Dyfed FHS Tabernacl Llanymddyfri CM chapel - still open in 2006
      • Salem (Independent, 1768), Queen St, Llandovery Births and baptisms (1804-37) PRO RG4/3822, LDS 828112, IGI; baptisms (1837-64) Carmarthenshire R.O.; accounts and minutes (1919-35) Carmarthenshire R.O.; annual reports (1906-36) Carmarthenshire R.O. On Dyfed FHS Salem Ind chapel, Llandovery 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 (March 2009)
      • Ebenezer (Wesleyan Methodist, 1808), Castle St, Llandovery Records with those of Wesleyan Chapel (Llandeilo Fawr) and Wesleyan Chapel (Builth, Breconshire) On Dyfed FHS
      • Friends Burial Ground, Llandovery SN76223445 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;

      • Llandingat parish including Llandovery Borough, Telych hamlet, Forest hamlet, Ystrad hamlet; Area 8107 acres; Population 1178 males, 1364 females, total 2542
      • Llandovery Borough; Population 885 males, 1042 females, total 1927

      Photographs and description of Llandovery Castle. - on Castle Wales

      Llandovery - on Wikipedia

      Various landscapes Llandovery - on the People's Collection Wales site

      Dyfed (Wales) Cultural Services Department. Llandeilo, Llanymddyfri a rhan uchaf Dyffryn Tywi: mewn hen luniau. Stroud: Alan Sutton ar y cyd Cyngor Sir Dyfed a Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru, 1991. 159p: chiefly ill, ports. [ISBN 0862999758]

      Kingerlee, D.C. Llandovery Album: pictures of a Welsh market town. Llandovery, Llandovery Publications (1995) 80 p.[ISBN: 0951062603]

      Pike, L.E. Llandovery Borough, Carmarthenshire: the official guide, Home Publishing Co (1957) 17 p., ill.

      A pictorial and descriptive guide to South Wales: including Brecon, Newport, Cardiff, Vale of Neath, Swansea, Gower, Carmarthen, Llandovery, Tenby, Pembroke, Fishguard, Cardigan, New Quay, Aberystwyth, etc. (4th ed.), London, Ward, Lock & co., Ltd. (1925) 192, 80 p., front., ill., maps, plans, plates.

      Llandovery, Carmarthenshire, official guide, Gloucester, British Publishing (1971) 32 p., ill., 1 map. [ISBN: 0714007102 (sd)]

      Gittins, R & Spencer Davies, D. The Illustrated Heart of Wales Line. Llandysul, 1985, 143 pp. Its 110 mile route from Swansea to Shrewsbury takes it through the heartland of Wales inc. the towns and hamlets of Pantyfynnon, Ffairfach, Llandeilo, Llangadog, Llandovery, Cynghordy etc, and describes each halt and station in detail.

      You can see pictures of Llandingad which are provided by:



      Pigot & Co. South Wales Directory for 1830. Here are Extracts relating to Llandovery and neighbourhood

      Pigot & Co. South Wales Directory for 1844. Here are Extracts relating to Llandovery and neighbourhood



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



      See Not everyone knows this.. for random snippets about this parish

      Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site

      • Statue of Drover in Llandovery
      • Llandovery castle
      • Lewis Memorial Fountain, Market Square, Llandovery; undated
      • Dyfri Temperance Hotel, Market Square, Llandovery; undated
      • Welsh Collegiate Institution, Llandovery
      • Llandovery c1900
      • Market Hall, Llandovery taken by Iain Wright, 2004.
      • Llandovery Railway Station c1910
      • Notice to Farmers about a meeting in Llandovery 25 Sep 1928 for an address by P. F. Carter, manager of the Retail Dairymen's Mutual Ltd.
      • View of Llandovrey from Coed-cefn-yr-allt

      Ystrad, Llandingad. Shows woman sitting in horsedrawn carriage while horse is held by servant. Two other women standing on porch of large house. - on the People's Collection Wales site

      Arber-Cooke, A.T. Pages from the History of Llandovery (2 vols.). Llandovery, Llandovery Civic Trust (1994) 498, 453p. [Reprint]

      Llandovery and its environs: a miscellany, Llandovery, Llandovery Civic Trust (1994) 461 p., ill., coat of arms, facsims., maps, music, ports.

      The Monument's Tale- Llandovery Mail Coach Drama 1835/Stori 'r Gofgolfn-Cyffro ger Llanymddyfri 1835. Published by Wales and Marches Postal Board in 1985 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the incident near Llandovery, all the passengers are identified.


      Land & Property

      Documents at the National Library of Wales:

      • Deeds relating to the Lampeter and Llandovery areas of Cardiganshire and Carmarthenshire, 1650-1890, including the Glandenys estate.
      • Records from the office of D.T.M. Jones, Llandovery, solicitor. Include office correspondence from 1775 and records relating to the estates of Abermarlais, Briwnant, Cynghordy, Glansevin, Glanyrannell, Llwyncelyn and Ton, Carmarthenshire.


      Map of the parish of Llandingat in the County of Carmarthen - on the People's Collection Wales site

      Parish map(Kain/Oliver)

      You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN772358 (Lat/Lon: 52.006637, -3.791055), Llandingad which are provided by:


      Military History

      Llandovery War Memorial - on the People's Collection Wales site


      Names, Geographical

      Places, villages, farms etc within Landingad 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)

      • Ystrad (15); Blaenos; Cwm-Mynys; Garth; Llwyn-Jack; Llwyn-y-brain; Ystrad Ho.
      • Fforest (16); Cefn-ricet; Dolau hirion; Dyflyn; Fforest; Gwern-y-moch; Llwyn-y-berchan; Maes-y-gwandde; Ochr-y-fforest; Pant-glas; Pen-y-bont; Pont Newydd; Troed-y-rhiw;
      • Llandovery (17) (not town centre which is in Llanfair-ar-y-bryn parish) ; Cefn Crug; Llandovery (outer town); Loventium; Maes-llydan Hall; Tonn
      • Telych (18); Blaen-Ydw; Castle; Cefn-cerig; Cefn-Telych; Cwm-Gwern-felen; Cwm Rhuddan; Fron; Fron uchaf; Gwerddon; Pont Gwydderig; Pen-lan?-Telych; Velindre


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

      • Y Lloffwr 1978-1986 " Y Lloffwr is the papur bro (Welsh language newspaper) covering the Dinefwr district, namely the towns of Llandeilo and Llandovery, Carmarthenshire, and was begun in 1978"


      Nantymwyn Mine . "The Nantymwyn Mine is geographically divided into two sites, lying above and below the village of Llandovery, Dyfed. The mine was worked mainly by adits driven into the mountain known as Pen Cerrig Mwyn and, on the face of it, being the largest metal mine in South Wales..............."

      The butcher, Llandovery, c. 1885 - on the People's Collection Wales site


      Poor Houses, Poor Law

      Llandovery Poor Law Union - on Peter Higginbotham's site


      Public Records

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

      • Llandeilo Rural District Council and Llandovery Rural District Council Records 1570-[20th century] (accumulated [19th century]-[20th century])
      • Llandovery Borough Council records 1598 -1969

      Held at Carmarthen Archives;

      • Llandovery Borough and RDC-; Council Minute books 1878-1969 [Borough], Committee Minutes 1907-1957, Rate books 1836-41 / 1844-46 / 1892-93 / 1899, Collector's rent collection book 1929-1934, Officers and members of Borough Council 1835-57, Register of mortgages 1876-1926.
      • Electoral Registers 1856-1975 [excluding war years]


      Held at Carmarthen Archives;

      • Llandovery C.P [British School] ; Infants Log books[3] 1875-1881, Junior Log books 1862-1966, Admissions registers/punishment books.
      • Llandovery County Secondary School ; Logs and registers 1902-1958

      Evans, J.R. Llandovery College: building for the future 1892-1992, Porthyrhyd, Llanwrda, Dyfed, Drovers Press (1994) 132 p., ill., ports. [ISBN: 0950890340 (pbk)]

      Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site

      • Schoolbook, Llandovery? c 1922?
      • Llandovery School, exact date unknown, probably circa 1910 Photpgraphic souvenir
      • Llandovery Council School. Infants group B. 1914
      • A team photo of the 1st XI in 1946 at Llandovery College [cricket]
      • Llandovery College Rugby Team c1910
      • Standard 1 pupils of the British school, Llandovery nd
      • College, Llanymddyfri

      Evans, W.G. A History of Llandovery College: the Welsh Collegiate Foundation: a study in Welsh educational history. Llandovery, The Trustees of Llandovery College (1981) xi, 152 p., [13] p. of pl.: p., ill., ports. [ISBN: 0950763608]

      Jones, R.B. Floreat Landubriense: celebrating a century and a half of education at Llandovery College, [Llandovery], Trustees of Llandovery College (1998) 367 p., ill., facsims, ports. [ISBN: 0950763616] p.


      Social Life & Customs

      Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site

      • Ladies of WVS Llandovery 1943
      • Llandovery Brass Band 1905
      • Jenny Fach, Llandovery, c. 1885
      • Thomas Jones, Llandovery at 103 years of age, c. 1885