"LLANLLAWER (LLAN-LLAWEN), a parish in the hundred of KEMMES, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 3 miles (E.S. E.) from Fishguard, containing 123 inhabitants. This parish is pleasantly situated in the northern part of the county, and on the river Gwayn, which falls into Fishguard bay: it is only of small extent, and nearly one-third is mountainous, the remainder being enclosed and cultivated. The surrounding scenery is finely varied, combining features of picturesque beauty with mountains of rugged aspect; and the distant views extend over a remarkably interesting tract of country. Court House, in this Parish, the seat of Mrs. Gwynne, is a good family mansion, occupying a pleasant situation. The living is a rectory not in charge, annexed to that of Llanerchllwydog, in the archdeaconry of Cardigan, and diocese of St. David's. The church is not remarkable for any architectural details. On the side of Llanllawer mountain, which terminates in a rocky point, and is hence called the Maiden's Breast, numerous Druidical relics and carneddau are profusely scattered, which are supposed to have been places of ancient sepulture; and adjoining is a mineral well, formerly in high repute for its efficacy in the cure of ague and other diseases, but now neglected. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor is £38. 9." [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 - 0464343
  • 1851 Census - 0104238
  • 1861 Census - 0543245
  • 1871 Census - 0850858
  • 1881 Census - 1342306
  • 1891 Census - 6099651

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

  • Llanllawer Parish Church, annexed to the Mother Church of Llanychllwydog Wilkin William Thomas, Rector

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

  • St Brynach & Parish Church (Llanllawer)
  • Incumbent and Curates; W G Williams
  • Rural Deanery of Kemes
  • Acreage 2,545 & 1,245; Population 692

Redundant Church at Llanllawer - on the geograph.org.uk site


    Church Records

    Parish registers : Christenings (1770-1968), Marriages (1781-1964), Burials (1770-1968) at NLW with Mf copies at Pem.RO

    Bishops Transcripts for this parish, see Llanychlwydog parish, have the LDS Call Number: 0105186.

    Copy printed BT CMB (1674-5, 1680-9, 1699) and PR CB (1771-1812) M (1781-1812) [ed Rev J Meredith Williams, Fishguard, 1925]

    See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

    Nonconformist Chapels: None found


    Description & Travel

    Llanllawer well - on the geograph.org.uk site

    You can see pictures of Llanllawer which are provided by:



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



    Pembrokeshire Families

    Jones, Francis A Pembrokeshire squarson [Rev Thomas Gwynne Mortimer] The Pembrokeshire Historian vol 5 1974 Welsh Journals Online


    Land & Property

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

    • Court Estate (Llanllawer, Pembrokeshire), papers "Papers of the Court Estate, Llanllawer, Pembrokeshire, 1505-1966, including deeds and papers relating mainly to lands in Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire, 1505-1920; ...................... "


    Parish map (Kain/Oliver)

    You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SM998360 (Lat/Lon: 51.985883, -4.916424), Llanllawer which are provided by:


    Names, Geographical

    Places, villages, farms etc within Llanllawer 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 Tony Morris)

    • Llanllawer (25); Court; Cwm-onen; Llanllawer; Llanychaer Bridge; Parry Meira; Pen-y-mynydd; Tre-llan; Tre-llwyn; Tre-newy