"LLANYBYTHER (LLAN-Y-BYDDAR), a parish, in the union of LAMPETER, higher division of the hundred of CATHYNOG, county of CARMARTHEN, SOUTH WALES, 5 1/2 miles (S.W.) from Lampeter; comprising the northern and southern divisions, and containing 1120 inhabitants. This place is situated on the road from Lampeter-Pont-Stephen to Carmarthen, and on the border of the county . . . The parish is extensive, comprising nearly ten thousand acres, of which about two thousand are uninclosed, and containing a great variety of soil and surface . . . the prevailing kinds of timber are fir and young oak, and the chief agricultural produce oats and barley. . . The village of Llanybyther is situated on the banks of the river Teivy . . . the parish also contains the village of Glanduar and that of Abergorlech . . . The church, dedicated to St. Peter, has recently undergone thorough repair . . . There is also a chapel at Abergorlech . . . There are two places of worship for Independents, and one each for Baptists and Methodists. About 55 children of both sexes are instructed at the expense of their parents, in two day schools, one of which has a lending library attached, furnished by the Hon. Mrs. Evans. There are also four Sunday schools, one of which consisting of 105 males and females, appertains to Baptists . . . two others are connected with Independents, and one with Calvinistic Methodists, and together contain 250 males and females . . . " [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1844).]



Morris, James (Rev). Cofiant Dafi Dafis Rhydcymerau (Biography of Dafi Dafis). Dolgellau, 1898, 2nd ed. Here is an index and contents listing by Gareth Hicks.


Monumental inscriptions for Rhydcymerau Methodist Chapel, and for Rhydybont Independent Chapel, are available on microfiche from Dyfed FHS.



A bound copy of the 1841 census return for this parish is available at Carmarthen Reference Library. It was produced by pupils of Lampeter Comprehensive School as part of the Lampeter and District Census Project 1987.


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

  • St Peter's Llanybyther Parish Church Hugh Felix, Vicar
  • Rhydybont Ind David Lewis, Deacon
  • Aberduar Baptist Erected before 1800 John Williams, Minister
  • Rhydcymere CM Erected in 1847 John Williams, Deacon

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

  • St Peter & St Gwenog (Llanwenog)
  • Incumbent and Curates; D A Jenkins
  • Rural Deanery of Lampeter
  • Acreage --- & 10,723 ; Population 1,055 & 1,368

    Abergorlech was an ancient chapelry in this parish, whose records prior to 1813 were included in Llanybydder's PRs. Its baptisms, for 1813-71, are at the Carmarthenshire Record Office.

    Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site

    • Llanybydder Church with the mart in the foreground
    • Rhydybont Chapel showing both stone and slate faced walls.

    Davies, W.H. Hanes Eglwys Aberduar (History of Aberduar Church), Llandysul, J.D. Lewis and Sons, Gomer Press (1962). [LDS GS 924498]. Here is an Index and list of chapter headings by Gareth Hicks

    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 y Bydder


    Church Records

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

    Parish registers: Christenings (1783-1972). Marriages (1754-1994) and Burials (1783-1984) are at the Carmarthenshire Record Office.

    Copy ts PR index C (1813-75) M (1754-1875) at NLW and Carm.RO

    Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1679, 1694, 1696, 1699, 1705, 1711, 1719-21, 1723, 1728-34, 1737, 1739, 1741, 1743-4, 1748-50, 1752-5, 1757, 1761, 1763, 1767, 1770, 1772-3, 1789-90, 1793-1800, 1802-44, 1847-9, 1851, 1854-6, 1880, 1892) 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

    Nonconformist Chapels:

    • Aberduar (Baptist, bef 1761), Aberduar Register (1751-1857) NLW Ms 610, LDS 829076/4 and 829066/5; copy of register (1751-1857) NLW Ms 10785C. See Not everyone knows this.. for a list of ministers and members in 1751 and sundry baptisms in 1761/2 and 1775. SN52604385 Built 1761 & rebuilt 1834/5, refurbished 1881 & enlarged 1891 Still open 1999 Coflein On Dyfed FHS
    • Rhydycymerau (Calvinistic Methodist, bef 1813), Rhydcymerau On Dyfed FHS Rhydcymerau CM chapel - still open in 2006
    • Rhydybont (Independent, bef 1715?), Rhydybont Baptisms (1775-1825) PRO RG4/3826 and RG4/4021, LDS 828113, IGI On Dyfed FHS 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 Gareth Hicks (Dec 2008)
    • Nenog Ind chapel, Llidiad nenog SN54653740 Built 1869, refurbished 1893 Coflein On Dyfed FHS Shown as still open on the Union of Welsh Independents site (Dec 2006)

    Held at Carmarthen Archives;

    • Memorial Inscriptions for Rhydybont Independent and Rhydcymerau Methodist chapels.

    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 10031 acres; Population 520 males, 603 females, total 1124

      Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site

      • General view of Llanybydder from the south west, showing buildings, the river Teifi and the bridge.
      • Bridge, Llanybydder
      • Houses on Cwrtnewydd Road at Drefach - on the People's Collection Wales site
      You can see pictures of Llanybydder which are provided by:



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



      Carmarthenshire Families

      Rawlins, Jose. Lawyers Talk of Titles and Descents [David John Edwards/Black Lion Hotel, Llanybydder 1890+]. Dyfed FHS journal Vol 6/4 Dec 1998, p 149-153

      Rawlins, Jose Parry. Jacki'r Gweydd (John Thomas, weaver). Dyfed FHS journal, Vol 8/9 Aug 2005



      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

      Williams, D. J. The Old Farmhouse/Hen Dy Ffarm. trans. from Welsh by Waldo Williams. 1961 (Harrap). 238pp. well-known account of farming life in the Carmarthenshire parishes of Llansawel, Caio, Pencarreg and Llanybydder at turn of 19th and 20th centuries. Also a parallel-text Welsh/English version published by Gomer, Llandysul, 2001/2, (1 84323 032 1). "Since it was first published in 1953 Hen Dy Ffarm has become a classic of Welsh literature......."


      Land & Property

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

      • Llandeilo and Llanybydder title deeds 1733-1888


      Parish map(Kain/Oliver)

      You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN546385 (Lat/Lon: 52.025446, -4.120302), Llanybydder which are provided by:


      Military History

      An article from the Carmarthen Journal and South Wales Weekly Advertiser about the death of William Davies from Llanybydder during The First World War. - on the People's Collection Wales site


      Names, Geographical

      Places, villages, farms etc within Llanybydder 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)

      • Llanybydder (6); Abergorlech (village); Afon Duar; Allt Llwyn-crwn; Allt Tan-coed-cochion; Banc; Banc Du; Banc Gareg-winiai?; Banc Melyn; Blaen-bydernyn; Blaen-cwm; Blaen-Gorlech; Bryn Cothi; Bryn-llo; Caer-malwas; Capel Iago; Cloth factory; Crugiau Edryd; Cwm Hust; Disgwylfa; Esgair-onen-fach; Esgair-onen-fawr; Gelli; Glan Duar; Glan Tren; Gors-goch; Hafodrwynos; Henfaes; Llainlas; Llanybyther (village)Lletty-llwyn-chwith; Llidiad Nenog; Llwyn-fedw; Mynydd Llanybyther; Mynydd Pencarreg; Nant Hust; Nant Llwyd; Nant-y- ? wd; Pant-glas; Pen-y-gaer; Pwll-cymbyd; Rhiw; Rhyd-cymmerau; Sanatorium; Tir-bach; Waun-gron; Wernnant


      Clychau'r Cwm: the parish newspaper of Brechfa, Abergorlech & Llanfihangel Rhos-y-corn. is published by Patrick Thomas, of Brechva.



      Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site

      • Smithy, Llanybydder
      • A group of men and a boy standing outside Roderick Evans Dispensing Chemist shop. One man is seated and a man in an apron is holding a pliers to his mouth.

      Public Records

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

      • Llanybydder Parish Council Records 1871-1979
      • Llanybydder Rural District Council Records 1904-1935
      • D. Lloyd and Son (Solicitors) Records "Records of Lloyd and Son, solicitors, 1853-1930.... [including Lampeter and Llanybydder Rural District Councils, 1895-1922......"


      Pupils, Llanybydder school  c 1891 and nd- on the People's Collection Wales site

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

      • Evacuees' Records "Log book of children evacuated from Swansea to Aberduar Vestry School, Llanybydder, Carmarthenshire, 1941........................"

      Social Life & Customs

      Llanbydder fair (November 1891) - on the People's Collection Wales site