Capel Colman


"CAPEL-COLMAN, otherwise *LLAN-GOLMAN*, a parish, in the union of CARDIGAN, hundred of KILGERRAN, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 6 miles (S.W. by W.) from Newcastle-Emlyn, on the road from that town to Narberth; containing 142 inhabitants. . . it comprises about 750 acres, of which 60 are woodland, and remainder nearly equally divided between arable and pasture; the surface is undulated, and the scenery, embracing wood and water, picturesque and beautiful; the soil is dry, and the chief produce, corn, butter, and cheese. . . The church, dedicated to St. Colman, from whom the parish takes its name, is a small neat edifice, erected in 1835, partly by subscription and partly by a rate on the inhabitants; it is forty feet in length and twenty-two in breadth, and has a large gallery, and 170 sittings, of which about 120 are free." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1844).]

**Lewis may be wrong here since there is a separate parish called Llangolman



The 1851 census for this parish has been indexed by Dyfed Family History Society.

Census Returns for this parish have the following LDS Call Numbers:

  • 1841 Census - 0464344
  • 1851 Census - 0104241
  • 1861 Census - 0543247
  • 1871 Census - 0850862
  • 1881 Census - 1342308
  • 1891 Census - 6099657

Church History

Parish entry for Capel Colman and Llanfihangel Penbedw from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).

  • St Colman & St Michael (Llanfihangel Penbedw)
  • Incumbent and Curates; M J Marsden
  • Rural Deanery of Emlyn
  • Acreage 777 & 2,454 ; Population 144 & 251

    Church Records

    PR CB (1777-1812) recorded in 1831 apparently lost. M (1770-90) entered in PR Llanfihangel Penbedw

    Parish registers: Christenings (1813-1987), Marriages (1770-1834, 1840-1970) Banns (1824-85, 1931-89) , Burials (1824-1991) are at the National Library of Wales with Mf copies at Pem.RO.

    Copy ts PR/BT M (pre 1813) with index at NLW and Pem.RO

    Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1806, 1810-11, 1813-17, 1820, 1823-36, 1838, 1840-56, 1858-67, 1870-1, 1873-8) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Call Number: 0105131.

    See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

    Nonconformist Chapels:

    • Ind chapel, Fachendre / Boncath SN21233759 Built 1879 Coflein On Dyfed FHS Shown as still open on the Union of Welsh Independents site (Dec 2006)

    Description & Travel

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


    Historical Geography

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



    Parish map (Kain/Oliver)

    You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN217382 (Lat/Lon: 52.013811, -4.598937), Capel Colman which are provided by:


    Names, Geographical

    Places, villages, farms etc within Capel Colman 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 John Richards)

    • Capel-Colman (10); Cilwen-deg, Fach-hendre, Llwyn-bedw, Pen-yr-allt.