"CLYDEY (CLYDAI), a parish in the hundred of KÎLGERRAN, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 6 miles (S.W.) from Newcastle-Emlyn, containing 1385 inhabitants. This parish constitutes the endowment of a prebend in the cathedral church of St. David's, which is rated in the king's books at £12, and in the gift of the Bishop. The living is a discharged vicarage, in the archdeaconry of Cardigan, and diocese of St.David's, rated in the king's books at £6, endowed with £600 parliamentary grant, and in the patronage of the Bishop of St. David's. The church, dedicated to St. Clydai, is a plain substantial structure, with a massive square tower. There are places of worship for Independents and Calvinistic Methodists. Fairs are held at Hênveddau in this parish, on May 13th, September 17th, and October 30th. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor amounts to £290. 8." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1833).]



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 - 0543246
  • 1871 Census - 0850862
  • 1881 Census - 1342308
  • 1891 Census - 6099657

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

  • Clydey Parish Church "No ecclesiastical division or township in this parish" John Williams, Curate
  • Soar Baptist Erected in 1830 David Jones, Minister, Berllan, Clydey
  • Llwynhwrdd Ind Erected in 1806 Samuel Thomas, Elder, Treowen
  • Bwlchygroes CM Erected in 1747 Edward R Reynolds, Steward, Bank Farm

Parish entry for Clydey and Penrieth with Castellan from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).

  • St Clydai & St Cristiolus (Penrieth) & (Castellan Church in ruins)
  • Incumbent and Curates; W Edwards
  • Rural Deanery of Emlyn
  • Acreage 8,280 & 3,095; Population 835 & 314

    Church Records

    Parish registers: Christenings (1701-1991), Marriages (1701-1970), Burials (1701-1991) at NLW 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 (1674, 1676, 1678-80, 1682-5, 1687-9, 1702, 1705, 1799-1803, 1805-14, 1816-67, 1869, 1873) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Call Number: 0105137.

    See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg


    Nonconformist Chapels:

    • Soar, in Star [Baptists, 1831]. Records ; See Blaenffos and Hermon SN24533498 Built 1879, modified, 1881 Still open 1998 Coflein On Dyfed FHS
    • Bwlch-y-groes, in Bwlch-y-groes [Calvinistic Methodists, 1777]. Records ; a volume recording the receipt of rents by the Evans family of Ciliau-wen, 1817-48. Some of the accounts relate to this chapel NLW Ms 11525. On Dyfed FHS Bwlchygroes CM chapel - still open in 2006
    • Llwyn-yr-hwrdd, in Llwyn-yr-hwrdd / Tegryn [Independents, 1805]. ; See Capel-y-graig SN22873261 Built 1805, rebuilt 1817, enlarged 1844 and restored 1870 Coflein 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 Maureen Saycell (April 2008)
    • Bethel Ind chapel / Sunday school, Llanbeddau, Clydau SN25433174 Built 1897 Not still open 2006 Coflein On Dyfed FHS
    • Llwyndrain Congregational chapel / Sunday school, Llwyn-drain, Clydau SN26573453 Built 1856, restored 1935. Still open 1993 Coflein On Dyfed FHS

    Description & Travel

    You can see pictures of Clydey which are provided by:



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



    Held at the NLW ;

    • Estate and family records of Griffiths, Jones and Jones-Lloyd of Lancych, parish of Clydau, Pembrokeshire, mostly on Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire, 1738-1949.


    Canrif o Luniau Pobl Plwyf Clydau (A Hundred Years of photographs of the people in Clydau parish) to be published locally November 17th 2001


    Parish map (Kain/Oliver)

    You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN245346 (Lat/Lon: 51.982196, -4.556923), Clydey which are provided by:


    Names, Geographical

    Places, villages, farms etc within Clydey 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 Peter D Hall)

    • Clydey [11]; Blaen-gilfach, Blaen-pistyll, Bwlch-y-groes, Castell Blaidd, Castell Crychydd, Clydey, Coed-llwyd, Crug Barb, Crynga, Cwm-blaen-bwlan, Cwm-yr-aur, Dolau-llanerch, Drysgol-goch, Dyffryn-cefn-faes, Dygoed, Gareg-lwyd, Glogue, Hafod, Hen-feddau, Hendre-Cymru, Henffordd, Lancych, Llwyn-celyn-lan, Llwyn-drain, Llwyn-y-hwrdd, Nant-Ifan-fach, Nant-y-neel, Nant-y-warglodd, Pant-gwyn-mawr, Pant-y-heddwch, Parc Clement, Pen-banc, Pen-yr-allt, Pen-yr-allt Cych, Rhos-y-Llyn, Star, Tegryn, Waun lwyd