"LLANVIHANGEL-KILFARGEN (LLANVIHANGEL-CIL-FARGEN), a parish, in the union of LLANDILO-VAWR, lower division of the hundred of CATHINOG, county of CARMARTHEN, SOUTH WALES, 4 miles (W.N.W.) from Llandilo-Vawr; containing 61 inhabitants. This place is situated about 1 1/2 miles to the north of the road leading from Gloucester to Carmarthen . . . it is one of the smallest parishes in the county, comprising only 514 acres, of which about 185 are arable, 312 pasture, and the rest woodland, and containing but a few respectable farm-houses, with some cottages for labourers. The surface is hilly, and the scenery characterised rather by pleasing rural simplicity, than by any strong features of picturesque or romantic beauty; Kiddery hill skirts the parish on the west, and a brook of the same name, with another called Rhyd-y-wrach, runs through it. . . The church, dedicated to St. Michael, is a small plain edifice, rebuilt about the year 1822, at the sole expense of the Rev. Thomas Beynon, a former rector; it is pewed, and contains a sufficient number of sittings, all appropriated." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1844).]


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

  • Llanfihangel Vach Kilfargen Parish Church "This parish is about the smallest in the Diocese. Its population at the last Census 65..." W Th. Nicholls, Minister

Parish entry for Llangathen with Llanfihangel Cilfargen from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by (Archive CD Books).

  • St Michael & St Michael (Llanfihangel Cilfargen) & St Mary's, Court Henry
  • Incumbent and Curates; J A Williams (---, J J Jenkyns)
  • Rural Deanery of Llandilo
  • Acreage 5,609 & 525 ; Population 653

    Church Records

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

    Parish registers: Christenings (1746-1934), Marriages (1746-1838) and Burials (1746-1812, 1814-1985) are at the Carmarthenshire Record Office.

    Copy ts PR index (1746-1875) at Carm.RO

    Copy ts PR index C (1813-1934) M (1755-1875) Banns (1785-1875) at NLW

    Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1672, 1677-9, 1683-4, 1693, 1757-62, 1764, 1767-81, 1783-1800, 1802-15, 1817-32, 1834, 1837-43, 1846-62, 1866-72) 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. 17 - Cathinog Hundred (Dyfed Family History Society, c1989)

    See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

    No non-conformist chapels found in this parish


    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;

    • Area 516 acres; Population 28 males, 29 females, total 57
      You can see pictures of Llanfihangel-Cilfargan which are provided by:



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


      Historical Geography

      You can see the administrative areas in which Llanfihangel-Cilfargan has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



      Rees, David. The grange and parish of Llanfihangel Cilfargen. Carmarthenshire Antiquary 28 (1992), p. 51-6


      Parish map(Kain/Oliver)

      You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN578245 (Lat/Lon: 51.901017, -4.067817), Llanfihangel-Cilfargan which are provided by:


      Names, Geographical

      Places, villages, farms etc within Llanfihangel Cilfargen 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)

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