"LLANNON (LLAN-NON), a parish, in the union of LLANELLY, lower division of the hundred of CARNAWLLON, county of CARMARTHEN, SOUTH WALES, 6 miles (N. by E.) from *Carmarthen *; containing 1769 inhabitants. . . It extends six miles in length from north to south, and 4 1/2 in breadth from east to west; and comprises by admeasurement, made in the year 1807, 11,466 a. 1 r. 13 p., of which 2507 are in the hamlet of Blaenau, 3011 in that of Glynn, 3130 in that of Goytre, and 2000 in that of Ismorlais . . . The lands, with the exception of a comparatively small portion, consisting of part of the Great Mountain, the Little Mountain, and Mynydd Sylvan, are mostly inclosed, and in a good state of cultivation; the soil is chiefly a clayey loam, and the principal produce, corn, hay, and butter, for the latter of which it is much celebrated; coal mines are in operation, and the smelting of iron-ore by the use of anthracite coal has lately been commenced. . . There is here no manor, the parish being situated within the lordship of Kidwelly. The great turnpike-road fpom Swansea to Carmarthen intersects the parish . . . the tram-road from the works in the Great Mountain is continued through the parish to the port of Llanelly. . . The church, dedicated to St. Non, was rebuilt in 1841 in the early English style . . . A National school-house was erected in 1841; and there are four Sunday schools . . ." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1844).]
N.B * Should read "from Llanelli" - not Carmarthen



Monumental inscriptions for Bethania Chapel, Upper Tumble, and for Bethesda Chapel, Ponthenry, are available on microfiche from Dyfed FHS.



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


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

  • Llannon Parish Church James Whitworth, Curate
  • Bethania, Glyn Hamlet Ind Erected in 1800 Henry Davies, Minister, Near Pontardulais
  • Pentwyn Welsh CM Erected in 1824 David Davies, Manager, Llwydcoedfawr, Llannon
  • Llwunteg, Goitre Hamlet Ind Erected in 1845 Henry Davies, Minister, Near Pontardulais
  • Hermon Calvinistic Baptist Erected in 1850 Daniel Jones, Minister, Llanelly
  • Capel Ifan Church, Llannon District, Llanelly William Davies 4 August 1852
    Footnote: "Recently rebuilt by the patron, with provision for the maintenance of a clergyman"

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

  • St Non & Dewi Sant, Tumble
  • Incumbent and Curates; P J Harries (W E Jones)
  • Rural Deanery of Kidwelly
  • Acreage 11,389; Population 5,503

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

EBENEZER CALVINISTIC METHODIST CHAPEL, TUMBLE  interior - on the People's Collection Wales site

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

  • Herald Hermon archive 1993-1994 " Herald Hermon was a religious periodical produced by Hermon Baptist church, Llannon, ............"

Church Records

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

Parish registers: Christenings (1679-1738, 1741-1913), Marriages (1679-1738, 1741-1978), Banns (1823-1990) and Burials (1679-1738, 1741-1971) are at the National Library of Wales with Mf copies [except Banns} at Carm.RO

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1681-4, 1686-7, 1690, 1693, 1695-9, 1703-4, 1716-18, 1720-5, 1727-70, 1772-1800, 1802-35, 1844-5, 1850-2) 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)

An index to Marriages (1743-1812) is included in the South And West Wales Genealogical Index CD-ROM - details under Genealogy on Carmarthenshire county page.

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

Nonconformist Chapels:

  • Bethel Baptist chapel, Heol-y-Neuadd, Tumble SN53981209 Built 1890, became the vestry/ Sunday School after the new and present chapel of 1904 was built Still in use 1998 Coflein On Dyfed FHS
  • Hermon (Baptist, bef 1700), Hermon Records with those of Adulam (Llanelly) On Dyfed FHS
  • Tabor Baptist chapel, Carmarthen Rd, Cross Hands (on border with Llanarthney parish) SN55841331 Built 1872 Still open 1998 Coflein On Dyfed FHS (under Gorslas)
  • Bethel (Calvinistic Methodist, 1906), Woodlands, Cross Hands SN56161258 Built 1906 Still open 2000 Coflein On Dyfed FHS (under Gorslas) Y Drindod, Woodlands Terrace, Crosshands CM chapel - still open in 2006 [same place?]
  • Ebenezer Welsh CM chapel, High St, Tumble SN54061180 Built 1892 & rebuilt/modified 1901/2 Not still open 1998 Coflein
  • Pentwyn (Calvinistic Methodist, bef 1812),Pentwyn, near Cross Hands SN561116 School house built 1812 & chapel 1820/1824, enlarged 1841/1849 & rebuilt 1903. Still open 2000 Coflein See also Capeli (2005 list of chapels under threat)
  • Bethania (Independent, bef 1800), Tumble Register (c1800-54) NLW Ms 875, LDS 104506/1; register (1847-1926) NLW Ms 876, LDS 104506/2, IGI; deeds, minute books and Hanes Bethania , with secretary On Dyfed FHS Bethania Ind chapel, Upper Tymbl 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 ) - translated by Eleri Rowlands (Oct 2008)
  • Llwynteg (Independent, bef 1846), Llwyn-teg Records with those of Bethania SN55140811 Built 1845/6 & rebuilt 1899 & 1907 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 ) - translated by Eleri Rowlands (Oct 2008)
  • Bethesda Ind chapel / Sunday school, Bethesda Rd, Tymbl SN53621200 Built in 1888 and probably c 1905 converted to a schoolroom Still open as Sunday school 1998 Coflein
  • Bethesda Ind chapel, Bethesda Rd, Tumble SN53771214 Built in 1905 Coflein Shown as still open on the Union of Welsh Independents site (Dec 2006)
  • Libanus Ind, Cwmgwili SN57311040 Built 1880 & rebuilt 1912 Still open 1998 Coflein On Dyfed FHS (under Llandybie)
  • Bryn Seion Welsh Ind chapel (Mission Hall), Heol Bryngwili, Cross Hands SN55551227 Built in 1907 Still open 1998 Coflein
  • BRYNMAEN INDEPENDENT SUNDAY SCHOOL  - built in 1895   coflein
  • Shiloh Wesleyan Methodist chapel, Tumble SN50131096 Coflein
  • Elim Pentecostal church, Heol-y-bryn, Tumble SN54431150 Built ? 1910 Still open 2000 Coflein On Dyfed FHS
  • Cross Hands Pentecostal, Gospel Hall, Cross Hands SN56341278 Still open 1999 Coflein
  • Carmel Apostolic church, Railway Place, Tumble SN53961199 Built in the later 20th c Still open 2000 Coflein
  • Llain-y-Delyn Friends Meeting House, Tyisha Rd, Tumble SN53911167 Early C20th ? Not still open 1998 Coflein
  • Tumble/Y Tymbl [formed out of Llannon]
    Christenings (1932-69), Marriages (1927-79) at NLW with Mf copies at Carm.RO

Parish Church photograph and basic information from Dyfed FHS.


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 11446 acres; Population 851 males, 845 females, total 1696
    You can see pictures of Llannon which are provided by:



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



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

    • Goring-Thomas family, papers C19th "The family, originally called Treherne, lived at Llettymawr, Llannon, Carmarthenshire ............................."

    Held at Carmarthen Archives;

    • An index to David/Davies names extracted from the Llanelli and Llannon parish registers 1679-1838 and from the St David's diocesan wills 1627-1853.

    Historical Geography

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



    Anthony, Glyn . Coal Dust and Dogma. 1987 (Alun Books, Port Talbot) 112pp, tells the story of controversy caused by the ideas of Rev. Tom Nefyn Williams of Tumble. There is a description on Wales - Genealogy Help Pages 

    Gibbard, Noel. A History of Llannon Parish, Old Carmarthenshire. J D Lewis and Sons, Gomer Press, Llandysul (1984). (Trans. from the original Welsh by Ivor Griffiths, Gorseinon. Here is an index by P M S Jones with a contents listing).

    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

    Resolutions passed at a meeting of farmers and other inhabitants of the parishes of Llanelli, Llan-non, Pembrey and Llangendeirne, held on Mynydd Sylen, between Llan-non and Pontyberem, 25 August 1843. The meeting was chaired by William Chambers and addressed by Hugh Williams. The resolutions passed related to tolls and the expenditure of the county stock, commending several landowners for reducing their rents and condemming Rees Goring Thomas for his 'unfair and decietful' behaviour with regard to the Llanelli tithes. - on the People's Collection Wales site

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

      • Stepney of Llanelli additional collection Includes; "Rent books relating to property in Llannon, Llandybie, and Llanedi, Carmarthenshire, 1909-1953............."


      Parish map (Kain/Oliver)

      You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN541085 (Lat/Lon: 51.755839, -4.11571), Llannon which are provided by:


      Names, Geographical

      Places, villages, farms etc within Llannon 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 Cherlyn Bruns)

      • Llannon (84 ); Afon Gwili, Afon Morlais, Blaen-hiraeth, Blaenau, Bryn, Bryn-du, Bryn-maen, Bryn-gwenyn, Cefn-y-bryn, Cil-Ddewi-uchaf, Cil-Ddewi-fawr, Coed-cyw, Colliery, Coll., Cross Hands, Cwm Howell, Cwm-Mawr Sta., Dyrclawdd, Ffynnon Josi, Garn-fach, Gelli-doc, Gelli-wen, Gelli-wernen, Gellir-odyn, Goitre, Goitre-wen, Gors, Gwendraeth Fawr, Hosp., Llanelly & Mynydd Mawr Railway, Llannon, Lletty, Llwydcoed, Llwyn-teg, Marchogllwyn, Nant-glas, Pant-yr-yn, Pont Morlais, PONTYBEREM, Pontyberem Sta., Res., Rhyd-sarnau, Tre-neddyn, Tumble, Ty'r-bryn, Ty-gwyn, Ty-isaf, Ty'n-y-waun, Vicarage, Ystlys-y-coed-isaf


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

      • Tumble Collieries 1891-1927 "Deeds including leases of mines under lands in parishes of Llannon and Llanelli, Carmarthenshire,together with attached maps and plans 1891-1901; correspondence 1892 and 1911; poster giving notice of proposed amalgamation of colliery companies with United Anthracite Collieries Limited 1927."
      • Tumble Welfare Association and Great Mountain Colliery Site Liaison Committee 1959 - 1992 "Tumble is situated on the Western edge of the Coalfield, near Cross Hands, Carmarthenshire.
        The Tumble Welfare Association was set up in the early 1920s, and was based in the Public Hall and Workman's Institute at Tumble................................."


      Thomas, G.J. Ysgol Llannon =Llannon School: canrif o addysg, a mwy = a century and more of education, Llannon [Ceredigion, Dyfed], Pwyllgor Dathlu Ysgol Llannon (1978) viii, 108 p., ill., ports. [ISBN: 0850886406 (pbk)]