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"LLANGENNECH (LLAN-GENNECH), a parish, in the union of LLANELLY, hundred of CARNAWLLON, county of CARMARTHEN, SOUTH WALES, 4 miles (E.N.E.) from Llanelly; containing 803 inhabitants. This parish is situated on the western margin of the river Loughor, by which it is separated from the county of Glamorgan; and is intersected by the rivulet called Morlais, a tributary to that stream, and also by the turnpike-road from Swansea to Llanelly. The surface is varied; the lands for the greater part are inclosed and cultivated, and the soil is generally fertile. . . Coal of very superior quality, which obtains a high price in the London market, is found in the parish; and works upon an extensive scale have been established by the Llangennech Coal Company . . . The church is dedicated to St. Gwynog. There is a place of worship for Independents; and a day school, commenced in 1831, contains children of both sexes, and is supported by Mr. Tunno." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1844).]

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Business & Commerce Records

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

  • Morlais Tinplate Works 1880-1951 "Morlais tinplate works was situated in Llangennech and was operated by the Morlais Tinplate Company Limited.........."
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Cemeteries

Monumental inscriptions for Salem, Llangennech, are available on microfiche from Dyfed FHS.

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Census

An index for the Llangennech 1851 census is available for purchase from CMN FHS

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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

  • Llangennech Parish Church Thomas Morgan, Perpetual Curate
  • [?illegible Bethel] Ind Erected in 1811 John Joseph, Minister, Llangennech
    [probably Bethesda, see Church Records below]
  • Salem Babtist Erected in 1840 Daniel Jones, Minister, Salem Allt Llangenech

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

  • St Cennych
  • Incumbent and Curates; W J Jones
  • Rural Deanery of Kidwelly
  • Acreage 2,383; Population 2,820

    Richards, Daniel. Hanes eglwys Annibynnol Bethesda, Llangennech. Paratowyd ar gyfer dathlu canmlwyddiant yr achos, 1831-1931, (Llanelli, 1936), 71p.

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    Church Records

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

    Parish registers: Christenings (1742-1960), Marriages (1742-1970) and Burials (1742-1875) are at the Carmarthenshire Record Office.

    Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1678, 1703, 1707-8, 1711, 1713, 1717, 1719, 1721, 1724-32, 1736-40, 1742-64, 1766-95, 1797-1800, 1802-37, 1839-40, 1842-4, 1850-3) 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. 19 - Carnwallon Hundred (Dyfed Family History Society, c1989)

    See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

    Nonconformist Chapels:

    • Salem (Baptist, 1794), Llangennech village Records with those of Adulam (Llanelli); memorial inscriptions at Carmarthenshire R.O. On Dyfed FHS Two entries on Coflein
    • TABOR BAPTIST SUNDAY SCHOOL, BRYN - was built in 1880.   coflein
    • Bryn Seion (Calvinistic Methodist, 1876), Hendre Rd, Llangennech village On Dyfed FHS Bryn Seion, Heol Hendre, Llangennech CM chapel - still open in 2006
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    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 2394 acres; Population 475 males, 490 females, total 965

      Llangennech - on Wikipedia

      Various landscapes - on the People's Collection Wales site

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      Emigration & Immigration

      Aubrey, John. Moses and Rachel Harry from "Sir Gar" to Aotearoa.[New Zealand]. Dyfed FHS journal Vol 6/7, Aug 1999, p 272-278. The CMN parishes involved are Llanelli, Llangennech,and Llanddarog.
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      Gazetteers

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

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      Genealogy

      Davies, C T. Hannah and Her Sisters or The Mystery of the Stones. Dyfed FHS journal, Vol7/5 Aug 2001. A tale of Rolfe and Thomas families.
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      Historical Geography

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

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      History

      Charles, Alwyn C. History of Llangennech. Llangennech: Cyngor Cymdeithas Llangennech, 1997. x, 352p [12p of plates]: ill (some col), maps, charts; 27cm. [ISBN 0953080706]

      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.

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      Land & Property

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

      • Reference to plan of Llangennech Estate c. 1835 "A reference to a plan of the Llangennech estate situated in the parishes of Llangennech, Llanelli, Llan-non and Llanedi, Carmarthenshire. Includes particulars of holdings owned by Edward Rose Tunno and others."

      Held at Carmarthen Archives;

      • Llangennech Park and Clayton estate papers c 1680-C20.
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      Maps

      Plan of the parish of Llangennech 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 SN555024 (Lat/Lon: 51.701579, -4.092235), Llangennech which are provided by:

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      Names, Geographical

      Places, villages, farms etc within Llangennech 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)

      • Llangennech (86); Allt; Allt-y-fran; Bryn; Colly.; Corn-hwrdd; Glan-mwrwg; Gwaelod-y-maes; Llangennech (village); Llangennech Park; Morlais Works; Pen-llwyn-gwyn; Pen-prys-pit (dis.); Plas-isaf; Troserch; Viney;
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      Occupations

      Morlais Colliery, Llangennech on the Welsh Coal Mines site

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

      • Morlais Colliery 1895-1981 "Morlais Colliery was sited in Llangennech near Llanelli. The first pits were sunk in 1894 by Thomas Williams & Sons (Llangennech) Ltd............"
      • Morlais Lodge 1st August 1936 - 16th January 1981 "Morlais Lodge was a branch of the National Union of Mineworkers (South Wales Area). ..........."
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      Public Records

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

      • Llangennech Parish Council Records 1875-1974