"LLANWNDA (LLAN-WYNDAV), a parish in the hundred of DEWISLAND (but in CEMAIS hundred according to Rawlins), county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 2 1/2 miles (N.W.) from Fishguard, containing 1046 inhabitants. . . The French effected a landing on this part of the coast in the year 1797, and, after plundering the inhabitants for some time, the soldiers becoming insubordinate through excess, their commander found it necessary to make an unconditional surrender to the local forces brought against him by Earl Cawdor. The parish is pleasantly situated in the north-western part of the county, and is bounded on the north by St. George's channel, and on the east by Fishguard bay, forming a promontory with a bold and precipitous shore, and indented by several small bays, the soundings within half a mile of the coast being from seven to twenty fathoms. The surrounding scenery is diversified with features of romantic grandeur; and the views from the higher grounds embrace extensive prospects over the channel and the adjacent country, which abounds with objects of interest. . . The church, dedicated to St. Gwyndav, is not distinguished by any architectural features of importance. There are places of worship for Baptists and Calvinistic Methodists. . . " [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 - 0464342
- 1851 Census - 0104238
- 1861 Census - 0543245
- 1871 Census - 0850858
- 1881 Census - 1342306
- 1891 Census - 6099651
|Bethesda Chapel, Goodwick, Llanwnda (English Baptist)|
|Harmony Chapel, Strumble Head, Llanwnda (Baptist)|
|Welsh Baptist Chapel, Goodwick, Llanwnda|
|Bethany English Congregational Chapel, Goodwick, Llanwnda|
|Ebenezer Chapel, Goodwick, Llanwnda (Welsh Independent)|
|Salem Independent Chapel, Pencaer, Llanwnda|
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
Some additional follow on Dyfed mailing list comments from a Pem resident (MH Feb 2006);
Parish entry for Llanwnda with Manorowen from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).
See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph
Eglwys Llanwnda = Llanwnda Church. Publisher [Abergwaun?] : [Menter Preseli?], [1996?] 1 sheet : plan .This project was initiated by local communities in North Pembrokeshire and co-ordinated by Menter Preseli.
The earliest PR reputedly destroyed at the time of the French invasion 1797 [1831 survey]. Diocesan records suggest that c1790 the register went back only as far as 1777
Parish register: Christenings (1813-1993), Marriages (1813-1968) Banns (1823-69, 1907-45, 1973-4), Burials (1799-1942) at Pem.RO
Copy ms PR B (1799-1812) and ts PR [extracts] CMB (1799-1896) at NLW
Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1685, 1799-1806, 1808-46, 1864-72, 1877-81, 1883-4, 1887) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Call Number: 0105104.
See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg
Goodwick/Wdig [formed out of Llanwnda]
Parish registers: Marriages 1913-74 Banns (1923-74) at Pem.RO
Llanwnda - early medieval corn driers at Ty-isaf - on the Cambria Archaelogy site
Aerial photograph of Garn Fawr (Gaer Fawr) Iron Age hill fort, Llanwnda, 1990 - on the People's Collection Wales site
Aerial photograph of Dinas Mawr defended enclosure, Llanwnda, 1989 - on the People's Collection Wales site
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Llanwnda to another place.
You can see the administrative areas in which Llanwnda has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.
Laws, E. The History of Little England beyond Wales and the non-Kymric colony settled in Pembrokeshire, London, G. Bell (1888) xiv, iv, 458 p.,  leaves of plates (some folded) : p., ill. [Reprinted Haverfordwest: Cultural Services Department, Dyfed County Council, 1995]. Here is an extract from the book relating to the French Invasion of 1797 with various people and places in Llanwnda parish mentioned.
Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;
- Johns and Pepper, Solicitors, records relating to Fishguard and Goodwick 1699-1954 "Johns and Pepper, Solicitors, were based in Fishguard, Pembrokeshire. The firm dealt with property and lands in Pembrokeshire, including the Goodwick estate, Llanwnda, sold to the Great Western Railway in the early 20th century; the Trevinnert estate, St Davids; Llanwnda Farm and Glasfryn, Llanwnda, the Hescwm Issa estate, Dinas; and the Trenewydd estate, in the parishes of Fishguard and Llanwnda owned by the James family ........... "
Parish map (Kain/Oliver)
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SM915386 (Lat/Lon: 52.006356, -5.039076), Llanwnda which are provided by:
- Google Maps
- StreetMap (Current Ordnance Survey maps)
- OpenStreetMap Cymru (Welsh counties only)
- Bing (was Multimap)
- Old Maps Online
- National Library of Scotland (Old Ordnance Survey maps)
- Vision of Britain (Click "Historical units & statistics" for administrative areas.)
- Magic (Geographic information) (Click + on map if it doesn't show)
- GeoHack (Links to on-line maps and location specific services.)
Places, villages, farms etc within Llanwnda 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)
- Llanwnda (33); Aber Felin, Bwch-du, Bwlch-y-rhos, Caer-lem, Careg Giby, Careg Onen Bay, Carn Gelli, Carn Hendy, Carn Wnda, Carn-coch, Carn-gowil, Carreg Gwastad Point (French landed AD 1797), Castell Cleddnf, Castell Poeth, Ciliau, Drim, Dyffryn, Garn Coed, Garn Fawr, Garn Fecham, Garn Gilfach, Garn Rolch, Globe Fawr, Goodwick, Harbour Village, Llan-ferran, Llanwnda, Llanwnwr, Lookout, Pant-eurig, Pen Angal, Pen Caer, Pen Fathach, Penrhyn, Penysgwarn, Pont-lago, Porth Lleuog, Porth Maen-melyn, Porth Sychan, Pwll Avian, Pwll Crochan, Pwll Dawnau, Pwll Deri, STRUMBLE HEAD, Tre Howel, Tre-newydd, Tre-sinwen, Treathro, Tref-Asser, Trwyn Llwyd, Velindre, Y Garn, Y Penrhyn, Ynys Ddu, Ynys Melyn, Ynys Michael