"LLANVAIR NANTGWYN (LLAN-VAIR-Y-NANT-GWYN), a parish in the hundred of KEMMES, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 8 miles (S. by W.) from Cardigan, containing 237 inhabitants. This parish, which is pleasantly situated in the north-eastern part of the county, derives its name from the dedication of its church to St.Mary, and its distinguishing adjunct probably from the abundance of white quartz stones scattered over the lands and in the bed of a brook by which it is watered. It comprehends a tract of about one thousand four hundred acres of rather flat but dry land, the whole of which is enclosed and in a good state of cultivation: the soil, though light, is in general fertile, and the inhabitants are chiefly employed in agriculture: the surrounding scenery is not distinguished by any peculiarity of feature, but from the higher grounds are some good prospects over the adjacent country. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry of Cardigan, and diocese of St.David's, endowed with £800 royal bounty, and in the patronage of Major Bowen. The church, dedicated to St. David, is not distinguished by any architectural details of importance. There is a place of worship for Baptists. John Jones, in 1729, bequeathed a rent-charge of ten shillings to the poor of this parish. The average annual expenditure for the maintenance of the poor is £68. 5." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1833).]



Monumental Inscriptions for this parish are available from the Dyfed Family History Society.



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 - 0464343
  • 1851 Census - 0104239
  • 1861 Census - 0543246
  • 1871 Census - 0850859
  • 1881 Census - 1342307
  • 1891 Census - 6099652

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

  • Llanfair Nant Gwyn Parish Church William James, Incumbent
  • Ebenezer Baptist Erected about 1776, rebuilt in 1820 David Rees, Deacon, Treclyn Isaf

Parish entry for Whitechurch in Kemes (otherwise Eglwyswen) with Llanfair Nantgwyn from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).

  • St Michael & St Mary (Llanfair Nantgwyn)
  • Incumbent and Curates; J Jones
  • Rural Deanery of Kemes
  • Acreage 2,519 & 1,694 ; Population 241 & 190

    Church Records

    Diocesan records suggest that c1790 this parish had ' no register of births and burials' and that it had been at one time united with Whitechurch.

    Parish registers: Christenings (1795-1992), Marriages (1776-1837) Banns (1824-77, 1973-91), Burials (1795-1812, 1816-1989) at NLW with Mf copies at Pem.RO

    Copy ts BT M pre 1813 with index, at NLW and Pem.RO

    Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1674-5, 1678, 1680, 1683, 1685-90, 1699, 1701-3, 1800, 1803-9, 1812-37, 1839-40, 1844-53, 1855-65, 1868, 1870-2, 1874-80, 1890) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Call Number: 0105166.

    See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

    Nonconformist Chapels:

    • Ebenezer [Baptists, 1768], Ffynnon Wen, Pen-cwm Records ; 1. In the history of this chapel [ Hanes y Bedyddwyr yn Nheubarth Cymru] an old church book is mentioned. 2. See Cilfowyr/Manordeifi. 3. Church book, 1847-1968, at NLW Ms 1012B SN16083999 Built 1768 or c.1776, rebuilt 1820 and 1870 Still open 1998 Coflein On Dyfed FHS

    Description & Travel

    You can see pictures of Llanfair-Nant-Gwyn which are provided by:



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



    Lewis, E.T. North of the hills; a history of the parishes of Eglwyswen, Eglwyswrw, Llanfair Nantgwyn, Meline, Nevern.(1973) viii, 309, [6] p., [26] p. of plates. illus., facsims., map, ports. [ISBN: 0902126032]


    Parish map (Kain/Oliver)

    You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN171371 (Lat/Lon: 52.00247, -4.666099), Llanfair-Nant-Gwyn which are provided by:


    Names, Geographical

    Places, villages, farms etc within Llanfair Nant Gwyn 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)

    • Llanfair Nant Gwyn [15]; Bwlch-gareg-bwyd, Castell Coch, Cidigill, Cwm-Bettws, Gors-fraith, Llan-Feigan-uchaf, Llanfair-Nant-Gwyn, Pant-y-deri, Pen-cwm, Pen-deri, Pistyll-Meigan, Rhyd-ddu, Rhyd-wen