"LLANWRDA (LLAN-WRDA), a parish, comprising the Upper and Lower divisions, in the union of LLANDOVERY, higher division of the hundred of CAYO, county of CARMARTHEN, SOUTH WALES, 3 1/2 miles, by the suspension bridge over the river Towy, (W. by S.) from Llandovery; containing 553 inhabitants. This parish, which is intersected by the turn-pike road from Llandilo to Llandovery and Lampeter, is beautifully situated in a pleasing and retired vale, watered by a fine stream that joins the Towy immediately contiguous, and surrounded by lofty hills richly clothed with wood: it comprises 4441 acres of land, all inclosed. A small manufacture of coarse woollen cloth is carried on within its limits . . . the church is dedicated to St. Cawrdav. There is a place of worship for Independents. . . A Sunday school affords gratuitous instruction to about 80 males and females." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1844).]


Business & Commerce Records

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

  • William Thomas, cabinet maker, Llanwrda [Dulais House], records 1878-1904

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

  • Llanwrda Parish Church John Jones, Vicar
  • Tabor Ind Erected in 1792 Thomas Evans, Deacon, Bwlchygwynt, Llanwrda

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

  • St Sadwrn & St Cwrda (Llanwrda) & Capel Dewi Sant
  • Incumbent and Curates; L Morris (D R Lewis)
  • Rural Deanery of Llangadock
  • Acreage 7,521 & 4,488; Population 1,086

    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 Wrda

      Digital copy of a black and white photograph showing an exterior view of Tabor Welsh Independent Chapel, Llwyncelyn, Llanwrda, taken by Robert Scourfield, 1996. - on the People's Collection Wales site


      Church Records

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

      Parish registers: Christenings (1684, 1689-1916), Marriages (1684, 1689-1970), Banns (1824-70) and Burials (1689-1961) are at the National Library of Wales with Mf [except Banns] at Carm.RO.

      Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1673, 1677-9, 1681-7, 1690-1, 1693, 1695-9, 1701, 1703, 1707-8, 1716-22, 1724-43, 1745-7, 1749-52, 1755-1800, 1802-57) 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. 20 - Cayo Hundred (Dyfed Family History Society, c1989)

      See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

      Nonconformist chapels;

      • Smyrna (Baptist, 1828), Porth-y-rhyd - see under Cil-y-cwm 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 4441 acres; Population 283 males, 289 females, total 572

        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]

        Ferguson-Thomas, Henry. Spotlight on Porthyrhyd (in Llanwrda parish). Dyfed FHS journal vol 8/8 April 2005.

        Llanwrda - on Wikipedia

        Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site

        • Llanwrda c1910
        • The Royal Oak, Llanwrda c1905
        You can see pictures of Llanwrda which are provided by:



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



        Carmarthenshire Families

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

        • Simon, Cassie, papurau 1932-1989 "Cassie Simon (1898-1989) of Llanwrda was co-founder, instructor and accompanist of Côr Plant Cwmdwr (Cwmdwr Children's Choir)....."


        Lloyd, Alwyne. LLOYD/LOYD of Llanwrda Dyfed FHS journal (3/279). The author was fortunate in recording the story of his family as his forbears kept records and changed the spelling of their surname at the end of the 18th century.



        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 below for this parish.

        • Nonconformity and Methodism/ The Society of Friends; "......a regular meeting place was in Llansadwrn, whence it was removed to to 'a place called Pen y bank in Llanwrda '.........a meeting of ten Friends at Pen y Banc in 1757 was 'larger than usual'........."
        • Nonconformity and Methodism/ Calvinistic Methodism; "There in a block of eight parishes stretching from Llan y Crwys to Llanddeusant ---- and including two parishes, Llan y Crwys and Llanwrda, which contained no Methodist chapel --- the number of Methodist communicants rose to nearly 43% of the Nonconformist total of membership...."
        • Economic and Social Life/ Agriculture, the sixteenth century ; "....the freeholders of the manors of Cetheiniog, Mallaen, and Caeo.......................was leased to Robert Davy, the Receiver General of South Wales, who, in turn, leased it to Robert Hopkins of Llanwrda ......."
        • Introduction/ Boundaries and Local Divisions; " In early medieval terms Carmarthenshire was made up of Ystrad Tywi [without Gower], Emlyn Uch Cuch and Y Cantref Gwarthaf [without Efelffre]. At some point pre the Norman conquest Ystrad Tywi itself was divided into Y Cantref Mawr and Y Cantref Bychan.
          About the time of the Norman conquest, Cantref Mawr was divided into 7 commotes; ..... one of which was Mallaen ............ the easternmost of the 7.......... and corresponded to the present parishes of Cilycwm and Llanwrda, together with the township of Ystrad............ "
        • Castles, Boroughs and Religious Houses/Monastic Lands and Revenues; The churches that came into possession of the religious houses were as follows; Talley --- chapel of Llanwrda etc.....
        • Castles, Boroughs and Religious Houses/Castles/The Motte and Bailey Castle "Eleven of the motte castles show trace of a baily...........where nature provides a knoll, as at Llangadock, Llanwrda and Llanllwni, the Norman contented himself with heightening the site by throwing up the earth excavated from the ditch...............The site chosen was the forward slope of a spur rather than the summit of the hill. This is strikingly illustrated at Llanwrda, Pembrey and Pant Glas (Llanpumsaint)..........."
        • Prehistoric and Roman Times/T opographical Index; Llanwrda (Llandovery). Cwm Cynwal Farm. Coin (AV) of Trajan (98-117 AD) found 'during repairs to a wall'(RCAM, 596).
        • Prehistoric and Roman Times/Roads; "....... Llandovery to Carmarthen, .......after coinciding for a while with the modern road, it may at a distance of one and a half miles south-west of Llanwrda have left it to follow a more or less direct line along the ridge, passing ultimately by Pen-y-banc and so on to the modern road again a mile before Broad Oak.............."


        Rowlands, J. Llanwrda. In Historical Notes of the Counties of Glamorgan, Carmarthen, & Cardigan, and a list of the Members of Parliament for South Wales, from Henry VIII, to Charles II., Cardiff, Hugh Bird (1866), pp.52-54.



        Map of the parish of Llanwrda 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 SN713352 (Lat/Lon: 52.000401, -3.875727), Llanwrda which are provided by:


        Names, Geographical

        Places, villages, farms etc within Llanwrda 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)

        • Llanwrda (14); Afon Morlais; Bedw gleision; Blaen-y-cwm; Careg-fawr; Careg-fechan; Cefn-ucheldre; Cil ffara; Cwm-dwr; Cwm-Mynys; Gilfach; Hafod Bridge Inn; Hafod-tafolog; Llanwrda (village); Llwyn-y-celyn; Mount Pleasant; Poley; Porth-y-rhyd; Troed-y-rhiw; Ty-llwyd; Wern

        Probate Records

        Rawlins, José. The last will of Rees David, Yeoman, of Blaenycwm, Llanwrda. Carmarthenshire Antiquary 32 (1996), p. 124-6

        Public Records

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

        • Llanwrda Parish Council Records 1801-1965


        Held at Carmarthen Archives;

        • Llanwrda C.P log books 1913-1947.