"LLANVIHANGEL - PENBEDW (LLAN-VIHAN-GEL-PENBEDW), a parish in the hundred of KÎLGERRAN, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 5 miles (S.S.E.) from Cardigan, containing 353 inhabitants. This parish, which is but of inconsiderable extent, derives its name from the dedication of its church to St. Michael, and the distinguishing adjunct to it from the number of fine birch trees growing in the vicinity. It is pleasantly situated in the north-eastern part of the county, and near the source of the river Nevern, which, after flowing through the parish, continues its course in a westerly direction, and falls into the sea at Newport. The lands are all enclosed and in a good state of cultivation; and the surrounding scenery is agreeably diversified. Kîlrhue, the property of Thomas Lloyd, of Bronwydd, Esq., and now the residence of Dr. Morgan, is a good mansion, pleasantly situated in grounds tastefully laid out, and comprehending an agreeable variety of pleasing scenery. The old road leading from Carmarthen to Cardigan passes through the village. The living is a discharged rectory, in the archdeaconry of Cardigan, and diocese of St.David's, rated in the king's books at £6, and in the patronage of the King, as Prince of Wales. The church is not remarkable for any peculiar architectural details. There is a place of worship for Baptists. The average annual expenditure for the maintenance of the poor is £76. 15." [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 - 0104240
  • 1861 Census - 0543246
  • 1871 Census - 0850860
  • 1881 Census - 1342207
  • 1891 Census - 6099655

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

  • Llanfihangel Penbedw Parish Church ".... a considerable increase of Congregation during the Summer Months" George Devonald, Rector

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

    Parish registers: Christenings (1680-1908), Marriages (1680-1970) Banns (1824-1966), Burials (1680-1916) 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 (1676, 1678-81, 1683-8, 1701-3, 1799-1801, 1804-6, 1809-26, 1828-36, 1839, 1847-9, 1852-6, 1858, 1860, 1865-6, 1870-3, 1875-6, 1878) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Call Number: 0105168.

    See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

    Nonconformist Chapels: None found


    Description & Travel

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



    Parish map (Kain/Oliver)

    You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN199376 (Lat/Lon: 52.007888, -4.62606), Llanfihangel-Penbedw which are provided by:


    Names, Geographical

    Places, villages, farms etc within Llanfihangel Penbedw 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)

    • Llanfihangel-Penbedw [16]; Blaen-ffos, Boncath, Ffynnonau-gleision, Goytre, Kilrhue, Llanfihangel-Penbedw, Mynydd Crogwy, Trwyn Hwch, Ty-mawr, Ty-newydd, Wern-ddofn