"LLANGELER (LLAN-GELER), a parish, in the union of NEWCASTLE-EMLYN, higher division of the hundred of ELVET, county of CARMARTHEN, SOUTH WALES, 5 miles (E. by S.) from Newcastle-Emlyn; containing 1747 inhabitants. . . It comprises by computation 6414 acres, of which nearly 2000 are arable, 3480 pasture, 900 waste, and the remainder woodland; the surface is undulated, and the surrounding scenery pleasantly varied, embracing a portion of the fertile and picturesque Vale of Teivy . . . The church, dedicated to St. Celer, is a plain and neat edifice, in good repair . . . an ancient chapel of ease, dedicated to St. Mary, and thence called "Capel Mair," has been entirely demolished. . . There is a place of worship which is jointly appropriated to Independents and Presbyterians: a day school is maintained by the trustees of Mrs. Bevan's charity; and a Sunday school is supported by voluntary contributions, aided by gratuitous teachers. . ." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1844).]



Jones, John. Marwnad John Howell: yr hwn a fu farw Medi 1, 1817 yn 30 oed ac a gladdwyd yn Llangeler. Caerfyrddin: Arghraffwyd gan E. Jones, 1817. 8p; 16cm. [Re: John Howell, of Llangeler, 1787-1817.]

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

  • Llangeler Parish Church John Griffiths, Vicar
  • Penrhiw Presbyterian Erected in 1771 John Thomas, Minister at Llandyssil and supply at the above place of worship
  • Drefach Calvinistic Baptist Erected in 1809, rebuilt in 1840 John Lewis, Deacon and Clerk, Llwynbedw, Penboyr
  • Saron Ind Erected before 1800 David George, Deacon and Clerk, Parkyotia, Llangelei
  • Clos y Graig CM Erected in 1754 David Jones, Daniel Rees, Deacon

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

  • St Celer & Capel Mair & St James
  • Incumbent and Curates; D L Daniel (J R George)
  • Rural Deanery of Emlyn
  • Acreage 8,193; Population 1,810

Llangeler Church - on Jeffrey Thomas' site

Various items  - on the People's Collection Wales site

  • Interior of Llangeler Church 1910s
  • Capel Saron, Llangeler, viewed from the graveyard.
  • St Barnabas' church, Felindre, Llangeler

Jones, A.L. Achos y Bedyddwyr Drefach 1793-1993, Drefach Felindre, Bethel (1993) 48 leaves, [1] leaf of plates: p., ill., facsims., ports.

Jones, D. and J. James. Hanes eglwys Annibynnol Saron, Llangeler (Llandysul, 1937), 73p.

Jones-Morris, Trevor. Cyfarfodydd dathlu canmlwyddiant eglwys Annibynnol Seilo, Llangeler, 1889-1989, dydd Sadwrn, Hydref 21ain a dydd Sul, Hydref 22ain, (Llandysul, 1989), 8p.

Rees, J. Derfel. Gwrando'r Gair: hanes eglwys Annibynnol Siloh, Llangeler, a rhai pregethau, (Llandysul, 1945), 70p.


Church Records

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

PR B (1805-12) recorded in 1831 apparently lost

Parish registers: Christenings (1704-1877, 1900-93), Marriages (1704-1801, 1813-1943, 1945-87) Banns (1795-1833) St James (1904-69) Capel Mair (1906-59) , Burials (1704-1804, 1813-1900) are at the National Library of Wales.

Mf Christenings (1704-1877), Marriages (1704-1921) Burials (1704-1900) at Carm.RO

Copy ts PR index CB (1813-75) M (1704-7, 1764-1875) Banns (1795-1833) at NLW and Carm.RO

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1674, 1678-9, 1681-3, 1685, 1687, 1689, 1705, 1799, 1801-11, 1813-63, 1865, 1874) 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. 15 - Elvet Hundred (Dyfed Family History Society, c1989)

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

Nonconformist Chapels:

  • Bethel (Baptist, 1793), Drefach SN35463881 Built 1809 & rebuilt/enlarged 1840. Rebuilt/modified 1890 Still open 1998 Coflein
  • Closygraig (Calvinistic Methodist, c1740), Glynteg, Drefach SN36303785 Built 1754 & rebuilt/modified 1852 & 1900. Still open 2000 Coflein Still open in 2006
  • Saron (Independent, c1640): baptisms (1802-34), Saron NLW Ms 20688 SN37353824 Built 1792 & rebuilt/modified 1825 & 1898 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 (March 2009)
  • Bryn Saron Independent Sunday school, Rhos SN38143528 Built 1887 Coflein
  • Seilo Ind chapel, Rhos, Llangeler SN38333529 Built 1889 Still open 1998 Coflein Shown as still open on the Union of Welsh Independents site (Dec 2006)
  • Chapel at Rhos, near Llangeler SN37943545 Coflein
  • Penrhiw (Unitarian, 1760), near Drefach Schedules and notes NLW Ms 4457 SN35593864 Built 1777 & rebuilt/modified 1870. Moved to St Fagans late C20th 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;

  • Area 7999 acres; Population 783 males, 898 females, total 1681

    Canrif o Luniau. A Century of Photographs. Plwyf Llangeler Parish.Llangeler Community Council , edited by Alun L. Jones and printed by Gomer Press., June 2000. Here is a review and index by Mary Jane Stephenson

    Llangeler - on the Cistercian Way site

    Various landscapes  - on the People's Collection Wales site

    You can see pictures of Llangeler which are provided by:



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


    Historical Geography

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



    Jones, D.E. Hanes Plwyfi Llangeler a Phenboyr (1899) [History of Llangeler and Pen-Boyr parishes], Llandysul, J.D. Lewis, Gomerian Press (Facsimile reprint - Caerfyrddin: Adran Gwasanaethau Diwylliannol, Cyngor Sir Dyfedt, 1994) (1899) ii,423,xviip,[1] leaf of plates: il, map; 20cm. [ISBN 0860750922] [Here is an Index by Sian Bowi]

    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, see here for this parish.


    Land & Property

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

    • Llysnewydd and Llanllyr Estate records 1724-1876 "The Lewes family was descended from the Lewes family of Abernantbychan, Cardiganshire. John Lewes (1680-1742) of Carmarthen married Hester Beynon of Castell Gorfod and purchased the Llanllyr estate in Cardiganshire and Carmarthenshire in 1720 from Henry Sumner. John and Hestor's son, John Lewes (1711-1783) of Llanllyr married Rebecca Price of Dyffryn, Carmarthenshire. He inherited Llysnewydd in the parish of Llangeler ....................."
    • Llysnewydd Estate Records "Deeds relating to the Llysnewydd estate in Carmarthenshire, 1429-1954....................."
    • Jones, E. D. and M. E., collection of Llangeler deeds 1769-1891 "Penpistill farm, Llangeler, Carmarthenshire, was owned by the Evans family in the 18th and 19th centuries........"

    Documents at the National Library of Wales:

    • Deeds deposited by E.D. Jones and Mrs M.E. Jones, relating to the parish of Llangeler, Carmarthenshire, 1769-1891.
    • Estate and family records of Lewes of Llysnewydd, parish of Llangeler, and Dyffryn, parish of Llandybie, Carmarthenshire, mainly C16-C20.


    Map of the parish of Llangeler, Carmarthenshire  - on the People's Collection Wales site

    Parish map(Kain/Oliver)

    You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN384371 (Lat/Lon: 52.009099, -4.355393), Llangeler which are provided by:


    Names, Geographical

    Places, villages, farms etc within Llangeler 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)

    • Grange (37); Banc-y-ffordd (village); Blaen-cwm; Blaen-nant-Rhys; Blaen-Siedi; Blaen-tryal; Blaen-y-pant; Brafle; Carn Wen; Clyn-llwyd; Court Fm.; Dan-capel; Garn-wen-isaf; Gilfach-cynnydion; Hafod; Llwyn-ffynnon; Nant Gwyddil; Pen Castell Stone; Pen-pistyll; Pen-rhiw-fawr; Pen-y-waun; Pont Allt-y-cafan; Tan-y-coed; Tryal-brith; Tryal-maen-gwyn; Waun-meirch
    • Gwlad (38); Bwlch-clawdd; Cefn-isaf; Cil-gynydd; Coestre-isaf; Drefach (village); Gilfach-las; Glasbant; Glyn-teg; Hengae; Llangeler (village); Llwyn-pur; Llys-newydd; Mountain Hall; Nant Bargod; Parkswadog; Pen-ffynnon; Pen-lon; Pen-yr-allt Fagod; Pentre cwrt (village); Rhos (village); Rhos Geler; Saron; School

    Public Records

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

    • Llangeler Parish Council Records and Llangeler Community Council Records 1947-1996