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"LLANELLY (LLAN-ELLI), an incorporated sea-port and market town, a parish, and the head of a union, in the hundred of CARNAWLLON, county of CARMARTHEN, SOUTH MILES, 15 miles (S.E. by S.) from Carmarthen, on the road to Swansea, and 216 (W. by N.) from London; containing 11,155 inhabitants, of which number, 7123 are in the borough hamlet. This place, which appears to be of great antiquity, derives its name from its church being dedicated to St. Elliw . . . the TOWN is situated on the northern bank of the Loughor river , , , and though formerly described as a small and insignificant place, inhabited chiefly by sailors and persons employed in the adjacent coal-mines, has, from the convenience of its situation on a navigable river, and from the richness of the mineral productions of its vicinity in iron, coal, and limestone, risen into manufacturing and commercial importance, and is still rising rapidly in population and extent. . . Respectable houses have been erected in almost every direction; as also have numerous others of inferior character, which are occupied as soon as they can be finished. . . The parish . . . contains about twenty thousand acres, and is divided into five hamlets, called the Borough, Berwick, Glyn, Hengoed, and Westoac; about one third part of the land is arable, under the cultivation of wheat, barley, oats, and potatoes, and the remainder pasture and wood . . . there was a chapel in each of the five hamlets into which the parish is divided: of these, the chapel in the borough, the only one remaining entire, at present forms the chancel of the parish church . . . There are three places of worship for Baptists, and one each for Independents and Calvinistic and Wesleyan Methodists." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1844).]

Archives and Libraries

Beckley, Susan. Focus on Llanelli: A selection of documentary sources relating to the Llanelli area available at the Carmarthenshire Record Office. Dyfed Family History Journal 2/6 (1987), p. 172-4


Buckley, W. Kemmis. Industrial Disputes. Carmarthenshire Antiquary 22 (1986), p. 82-6 [Buckley, James, 1770-1839. Letters.]

Davies, Conway. Mrs Bridget Jones, widow lady of Llanelly. Carmarthenshire Antiquary 32 (1996), p. 36-41

John, Tabitha Tabitha: the story of a Llanelli character, Gwerin (1979) 118 p.

James Griffiths and his times, Ferndale, Wales, Labour Party Wales, Maddock (1976) 119 p., [12] p. of plates, ill. [James Griffiths (1987-1975) - book commissioned by The Labour Party Wales and the Llanelli Constituency Labour party]

Business and Commerce Records

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

  • British Piano Actions Ltd records      "British Piano Actions Ltd was incorporated in 1931 in London; it built piano parts. The company moved to new premises in Trostre Road, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, in 1948............."  
  • Buckley's Brewery additional records  1786-1975     "The business of Buckley's Brewery started in 1767, when Henry Child (b. 1742) from Freystrop, Pembrokeshire, a prominent Methodist, started to brew beer in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire........."
  • Burry Port and Gwendraeth Valley Railway Records     "The Burry Port and Gwendraeth Valley Railway, Carmarthenshire, was opened in 1869 for goods traffic only. It ran for 13 miles from a junction at Llanelli through Burry Port and up the valley of Gwendraeth Fawr to Cwm Mawr........"
  •  Bynea Supply Stores, Llanelli, records   1873-1964 [and 1891-1958 ]   "The family grocery and general store, Bynea Supply Stores, was located at Heol y Bwlch, Bynea, near Llanelli .............."
  • Chemists, 14 Vaughan Street, Llanelli, records    1891-1979   
  • Dafen Tinplate and Galvanizing Co. Ltd records 1936     "The tinplate industry in Carmarthenshire originated in the second half of the 19th century. The Dafen Tinplate and Galvanizing Co. Ltd developed from the Dafen tinplate works in Llanelli owned by Phillips, Nunes and Co., opened in 1846..........."  
  • J. and B. E. Evans, Architects and Surveyors, Llanelli, Records  1906-1915   "J. and B. E. Evans, Architects and Surveyors, were located on Stepney Street, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, in the early 20th century"   
  • Joseph's boot stores, Llanelli, records   1928    "Joseph's Boot Stores, 114 Station Road, Llanelli, was established in 1927 by Gwilym Joseph"
  • J. S. T. of Llanelli and Tregonning Family Papers  C19-C20     "John S. Tregonning and Co. (J. S. T.), a tin-plate works at Morfa, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, was owned by the Cornish Tregonning family. The works were opened in 1851, and ceased steel production in 1895"
  • Morfa Tinplate Works  1869-1955     "Morfa Tinplate works were built at Llanelli, Carmarthenshire by Octavius Williams for Messrs. John S. Tregoning and Company c. 1851......."  
  • Llanelli Enterprise Company Ltd Records 1983-1984   
  • Llanelli Railway and Dock Company 1840-1901     "The Llanelli Railway and Dock Company, Carmarthenshire, was incorporated in 1828. In 1835 the company obtained approval to build a railway up the Loughor valley and over to Llandeilo in the Tywi valley................ "
  • Thomas and Clement, Morfa Foundry, Llanelli, records  1874-1956     "Henry Thomas, an ironworker, and John Clement, an accountant, of Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, first entered into partnership as ironfounders in 1874, trading as Thomas and Clement, Morfa Foundry, Llanelli, and producing various machinery.............."  
  • Vincent Morris and Son, drapers, Llanelli, records   1938-1974      "A drapers shop was established in Llanelli in the early 20th century by Rhys Evans. In 1938, he went into partnership with Vincent Morris, the company being called Rhys Evans, Vincent Morris and Company........"  
  • Waddle Engineering Ltd records  [c. 1830]-1970    "Waddle Engineering and Fan Co. Ltd, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, produced fans supplied to collieries in Wales, England and overseas between c. 1830 and 1970."  
  • Waun-eos Weaving Mill, Pwll, Llanelli, Records  [1902]-[1911]        "The weaving mill at Waun-eos, Pwll, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, was run by Thomas Rees in the early 20th century."  
  • Wehrle, A. and R., pawnbrokers, Llanelli, records    1887-1987           "A pawnbroker's had been established in Llanelli by Edwin Dutton in 1879. It was taken over in 1883 by Robert Wehrle (died 1910), originally from Germany. ........... "
  • Welsh Star Inn, Llanelli, records  [1882]-1896     "The Welsh Star Inn, Railway Terrace, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, was run by David Howells in the 1890s"  
  • The Welsh Tinplate and Stamping Works, Llanelli, Records  [20th century]     "The Welsh Tinplate and Stamping Works were established by the Welsh Tinplate and Metal Stamping Company in Llanelli in 1897."  
  • Williams, Davies and Co., timber merchants, Llanelli, records  1879-1979      "Williams, Davies and Co. were timber merchants in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, in the late 19th and 20th centuries. ......"
  • Llanelly (Duport) Steel Works    1904-1961    "The Llanelly Steel Works, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire were established in 1898............."  
  • Western Tinplate Works  1891-1947     "In 1863 the Marshfield Iron and Tin Works were built at Llanelli by Messrs. Nevill, Everitt and Company........."

Monumental inscriptions for Bethania Chapel, Upper Tumble, and for Bethesda Chapel, Ponthenry, are available on microfiche from Dyfed FHS.


Dyfed FHS publishes an index to the 1851 census on microfiche.

The PRO has street indexes for Llanelli for the 1881 and the 1891 census.


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Llanelli area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church History

The Methodist Church - Llanelli and Carmarthen Circuit

See John Ball's site Welsh Churches and Chapels Collection for a photograph/data re Holy Trinity Church, Felinfoel

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

  • All entries listed within Llanelly Borough    [ No returns for Hengoed and Westfa hamlets ]
  • Llanelly Parish Church                 Ebenezer Morris, Vicar
  • Parish Church of St Paul, Llanelly    Consecrated in 1850 as an additional Church          "There are two large and respectable congregations worshipping in this Church: namely - Welsh and English"   David Edward Williams, Perpetual Curate
  • See Chapels database for Nonconformist Chapels shown in this return

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

  • St Elli
  • &
  • All Saints
  • &
  • St Alban
  • &
  • Furnace Mission Church
  • &
  • Mill Lane Mission Church
  • Incumbent and Curates; D W Morgan (E J Kingsbury, T E Jenkins, D W Lewis)
  • Rural Deanery of  Kidwelly
  • Acreage --- ; Population 18,225

Parish entry for Llanelly, St Paul from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by (Archive CD Books)).

  • St Paul
  • &
  • St Peter
  • &
  • St John
  • &
  • St Barnabas Mission Church
  • Incumbent and Curates; J T Davies (D T Davies, E J Davies, R Bowen)
  • Rural Deanery of  Kidwelly
  • Acreage --- ; Population  13,248

Parish entry for Llanelly, Christ Church from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by (Archive CD Books)).

  • Christ Church
  • &
  • St David's Mission Church
  • &
  • Machynis Mission Church
  • Incumbent and Curates; E A Jones (W B Williams)
  • Rural Deanery of  Kidwelly
  • Acreage --- ; Population  5,693

Parish entry for St Ishmael's with Llansaint and Ferryside from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by (Archive CD Books)).

  • St Ishmael
  • &
  • All Saints (Llansaint)
  • &
  • St Thomas (Ferryside)
  • Incumbent and Curates; R J James
  • Rural Deanery of  Kidwelly
  • Acreage 3,646 ; Population  1,468

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

  • Holy Trinity
  • &
  • Pontyberem St John
  • &
  • Pontyberem St John (Old Church)
  • Incumbent and Curates; T G Jones (W R Goodwin)
  • Rural Deanery of  Kidwelly
  • Acreage --- ; Population  6,445

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

  • St Mary
  • &
  • Chapel of Ease
  • Incumbent and Curates; R G James
  • Rural Deanery of  Kidwelly
  • Acreage  ---; Population  4,000

The parish church is dedicated to St. Elli. Later churches are All Saints (registers from 1874), Christ Church (registers from 1887), St Alban (registers from 1912), and St. David (registers from 1890).

Capel-Ifan was an ancient chapel in this parish, later used by Methodists, until late 1830s.

Edwards, John (ed.) Footprints of faith: aspects of the origins and growth of Christianity in the Llanelli area, (Llanelli, 1990), 86p.

Evans, J. Wyn; Gibbard, Noel; Loader, Maurice, and Edwards, John. Footprints of faith: aspects of the origins and growth of Christianity in the Llanelli area. Llanelli: Llanelli Borough Council, [1991] vii, 86p: ill(some col.), facsims, maps, ports; 21cm. [ISBN 0906821142 (pbk)]

Loader, Maurice. The roots of the Llanelli Independent churches, 1662-1827. Typescript, 11p.

Mee, A. Llanelly Parish Church: its history and records, with notes relating to the town, Llanelly, South Wales Press (1888).Contains Copy Marriages for St Elli (1685-1837)

Llanelly Parish and its churches, British Publishing Co (1962) 15 p., ill.

Church Records

Dyfed FHS have photographs and data relating to various churches and chapels on their site

Parish registers: Christenings (1684-1923), Marriages (1684-1971), Banns (1754-1940) and Burials (1684-1930) are at the Carmarthenshire Record Office.

Copy ts PR M index (1687-1837) at Carm.RO

Copy Marriages (1685-1837) in A Mee, Llanelly Parish Church [1888]

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1686, 1703, 1711, ?1718, 1724-8, 1730-2, 1735-1800, 1802-55, 1862-89) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS.

Marriage index for this parish - see Dyfed Marriages, 1813-1837, Vol. 19 - Carnwallon Hundred (Dyfed Family History Society, c1989).

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg for;-

  • Felin-foel (Holy Trinity)
  • St Elli Parish Church

Nonconformist Chapels - see separate database

All Saints [formed out of St Elli]
Christenings (1874-1927) Marriages (1874-1974) Burials (1878-94, 1930-53) at Carm.RO

Christchurch [formed out of St Paul 1912]
Christenings (1898-1954) Marriages (1887-1973) Banns (1893-1961) at Carm.RO

Dafen [formed out of Llanelli 1879]
Christenings (1874-1947) Marriages (1874-1959) Banns (1874-1963) at Carm.RO     Burials (1878-) with incumbent

Felin-Foel [formed out of Llanelli 1879]
Christenings (1858-1948) Marriages (1858-1976)  Banns (1858-1963  Burials (1858-1956) at Carm RO

Llwynhendy [formed out of Dafen]
Christenings (1882-1946), Marriages (1939-71) at Carm.RO

Pontyates/Pont-Iets [formed out of Llangendeirne and Llanelli]
Christenings (1872-1945), Marriages (1858-1970) at Carm.RO

Pontyberem [Capel Ifan] [An ancient chapel in the parish of Llanelli apparently restored by the Methodists for their own use in the eighteenth century, repossessed by the Church in the 1830s. The new church consecrated in 1894]
PR C (1839-1922) recorded in 1933 apparently lost.
Christenings (1921-48) Marriages (1838-1971) Burials (1835-1932) at Carm.RO

St Alban [formed out of St Elli]
Christenings (1912-65) Marriages (1915-70) at Carm.RO

St David [formed out of Christ Church]
Christenings (1898-1951) Marriages (1901-70) Banns (1901-66) at Carm.RO

St John [formed out of St Paul]
Christenings (1898-1940) Marriages (1889-1968) at Carm.RO

St Paul [formed out of St Elli 1846]
Christenings (1850-1945) Marriages (1851-1970) Burials (1851-1901) at Carm.RO

St Peter [formed out of St Paul]
Christenings (1898-1953) Marriages (1880-1981) at Carm.RO

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Llanelli which are provided by:

The Religious census of 1851 : A Calendar of the returns relating to Wales, Vol 1, South Wales., byJones, I.G. & Williams, D.   UWP,   Cardiff, 1976.  These statistics for this parish are extracted from this book which in turn got them from the 1851 census itself;

  • Llanelli Parish including the Borough of Llanelli, hamlets of Berwick, Hengoed and Westfa; Area 18075 acres; Population [exc Berwick) 6032 males, 6113 females, total 12145

Places, villages, farms etc within Llanelli 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 Gareth Hicks)

  • Hengoed (83A); Westfa (83B); Glyn (83C); Llanelli (83D); Berwic (83E);
    Berwick; Brick Works; Brondini; Bryn-banal; Bryn-du; Bwlch-y-fedwen; Bynea; Careg-ddu; Careg-fach; Carnawllon; Cefn-y-bryn; Cem.; Cemetery; Cencoed; Cil-feri-isaf; Ciliau-gwyn; Cil-wnwg; Clochyrle; Clyn-gwernen; Colly.(3).; Colliery (3); Cwm-bach; Cwm-gelwr; Cwm-llethryd; Cynheidre; Cynheidre-uchaf; Dafen; Dan-y-banc; Dan-y-quarry; Disgwylfa;  Dock; Dyffryn; Felin-foel; Ffos-fach; Ffynnon-ymenyn; Five Roads; Furnace; Gelli-fawr; Gelli-galed; Gelli Ho.; Glyn; Glyn Sylen; Gors; Halfway; Hengoed; Herber-deg; Horeb; Iroshill; Isolation Hospl.; Llanelly (town); Llanelly & Mynydd Mawr Ry.; Llanelly Rural; Llanelly Urban; Llwyn-hendy; Llwyn-y-piod; Mach-ynys; Mill; Morfa Bacas; Mynydd Sylen; Myrtle Hill; Pant-y-llydu; Parc H ..?;  Pemberton; Pencoed; Pen-llwyn; Penrhyn Gwyn; Pentre; Pen-y-bryn;  Pen-y-fai; Pen-y-moor; Plas-bach; Pont Henry (village); Pont Yates (village); Pont-y-berem (village); R. Range; Res.(2); Reservoir(2); River Loughor; Sandy; Smith Wales Works; Soho; Steel Works(2); Stradey; Sylen; Techon; Tin Works; Tir-morfa; Tre Beddrod; Trostre; Ty-canol; Ty-isaf; Ty-llwyd; Ty-mawr; Ty'n-y-cwm; Ynys Hafren; Ystrad-fai


Cripps, Brian. Llanelli Slawer Dydd (Llanelli of Yesteryear). ISBN 1 85902 722 9.  Gomer site intro;
"Ever since their first publication, picture postcards of Llanelli and the surrounding area have been sold in vast numbers. They were often the work of gifted local pioneers of photography and are nowadays an invaluable record of everyday life, work and culture in the twentieth century. This volume contains a variety of fascinating scenes, accompanied by interesting snippets of Llanelli's history, and particular regard is given to the visits made to Llanelli by the National Eisteddfod in 1903, 1930 and 1962. "

Llanelli official town guide ... Bridgend: Kenrich Publications, 1992, v: ill(some col.), facsims, maps; 21cm.

Llanelli Town Council site


Hunt, E.C. Directory and Topography for the Cities of Gloucester and Bristol: and the towns of Carmarthen, Kidwelly, Laugharne, Llanelly, and St. Clears [etc.]., London, B.W. Gardiner (1849) iv, 558 p.

James Davies & Co's Llanelly Directory and Local Guide including All Villages Adjacent To Llanelly. (September 1897) 202p.

Llanelly. 1892 trade directory , lists all street names and people who lived there, also their occupations. Most of the book is about the shops, pubs, hotels and other bodies such as football teams, tennis clubs and so on.There is a short history of Llanelly and  various  people who lived in the area

Pigot & Co. South Wales Directory for 1830. Here are Extracts relating to Llanelli and neighbourhood

Pigot & Co. South Wales Directory for 1844. Here are Extracts relating to Llanelli with Loughor, Pembrey, Burry Port and Neighbourhoods

Emigration and Immigration

Aubrey, John. Moses and Rachel Harry from "Sir Gar" to Aotearoa.[New Zealand]. Dyfed FHS journal Vol 6/7, Aug 1999, p 272-278. The CMN parishes involved are Llanelli, Llangennech,and  Llanddarog.


Carmarthenshire Families

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

  • Mansel Lewis Muniments   1650-1960    "The Stradey estate, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, came to be owned by the Vaughan family of Derwydd in about 1610. John Mansel, the son of Sir Francis Mansel of Muddlesombe, married Mary, daughter of Sir Henry Vaughan of Derwydd and came to live at Stradey, although it remained the property of the Vaughan family until 1673, when it was sold to the Mansel family............"  
  • Nevill family of Llanelli collection   1788-1896    "The Nevill family were closely connected with the Swansea Copper Works and the Llanelly Copper Works, and collieries in Carmarthenshire during the 19th century. Charles Nevill, a businessman who came from Birmingham was the first of his family to settle at Vauxhall, Llanelli, ........................................".   
  • Nevill family of Llanelli, photographs  [late 19th century]-[1960]  
  • Stepney Collection  1696-1959, 1975    "The Stepney family were established at Prendergast, Pembrokeshire, from early in the second half of the sixteenth century. However, the house was in ruins by 1767, as the family had moved to Llanelli House, Carmarthenshire, rebuilt by Sir Thomas Stepney, the fifth baronet (d. 1744)................."
  • Stepney (Additional Collection)   [c.1800]-1957]
  • Cilymaenllwyd Estate Records  1541-[c. 1864]    "Papers of the Stepney family of Prendergast, Pembrokeshire, and Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, mainly deeds relating to their estates in those counties, 1541-1787, including deeds concerning the working of coal in the Llanelli area of Carmarthenshire in the 17-18 centuries............"

Held at Carmarthen Archives;

  • An index to David/Davies names extracted from the Llanelli and Llannon parish registers 1679-1838 and from the St David's diocesan wills 1627-1853.
  • The Childs of Llanelli, 1900-20, by E.M.L-P.

Davies, Byron. William Rees, the younger, Squire of Gelly Estate. Dyfed FHS Journal 5 (Dec 1996) p.318.

Davies, Byron. Llandafen Farm. Dyfed FHS Journal 6 (Dec 1998) p.195. [Hugh and Howell families] with footnote in Vol 6/6 Apr 1999, p 223.The growth of a district, east of Llanelli, is illustrated through the owners and tenants of Llandafen farm in the 19th century.

Davies, Byron. A Llanelli Connection. Dyfed FHS journal, Vol7/7 April 2002.The article focuses on a David Powell and his family.

Davies, Byron. Messrs Phillips, Nunes and Smith, the Pioneers. [of Dafen tinplate works]. Dyfed FHS journal  Vol6/6 Apr 1999, p 219-222.

Davies, Byron. The John Years. Dyfed FHS journal Vol7/5 Aug 2001, p 184-188. Outlining the  John family involvment in the start of Felinfoel Brewery in 1878, the formation of the Dafen Brick Manufacturing Company in 1909, and the Dafen Tinplate and Galvanizing Company in 1927

Davies, Byron.  Lizzie Soho.   Dyfed FHS journal vol 9/1, Dec 2005.

Evans, Esmor. Rolfe y Cipar [Rolfe the Gamekeeper].(Robert Rolfe 1820-96) Dyfed FHS journal Vol 6/8 Dec 1999, p 319-320

Evans, Ken D. Virginia voyage: a 17th-century Welsh adventurer. [John Jenkins of Pwll]. Dyfed Family History Journal 4 (1992), p. 111-14. [John Family of Pwll, Llanelli]

Lewis, Brenda. Cilymaenllwyd. Amrywiaeth Llanelli Miscellany (1986), p. 10-12. Refers to the Rees family of Plas Cilymaenllwyd near Pwll, Llanelli

Martin, Marion.  Titus Jones of Llanfihangel-ar-arth.  Second Stages in Researching Welsh Ancestry. Edited by John & Sheila Rowlands. FFHS, 1999. (NB. -  the article is about genealogy in Cwmfelin. The title is perhaps misleading in that Titus Jones, while born in Llanfihangel ar Arth, moved to Cwmfelin, near Llanelli, when young and there is minimal reference to Llanfihangel ar Arth parish in the article)

O'Driscoll, Jean. On the trail of the Hughes/Hugh family: pilots of Llanelli. Dyfed Family History Journal 5 (1994), p. 22-6. This article contains a list of licences granted by Llanelli Pilots Committee in 1832 & 1833

O'Driscoll, Jean. Life and the Anthonys. Dyfed FHS journal Vol 6/2, Dec 1997, p 68/71

Ungoed-Thomas, Jasper. Sarah Ungoed's Bible. Dyfed FHS journal, Vol 7/7, April 2002. Sarah Ungoed was a native of Llanelli and lived in the period 1827-1887.

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Llanelli has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


What It Was like in 1888? by David and Brian Randell .What were elections like more than 100 years ago? David Randell, Solicitor, was elected MP for 'Llanelly' in 1888, this article describes the event and  may be of interest to students of politics today.

There are historical snippets relating to this parish on Not everyone knows this  

A History of Bynea and Llwynhendy . Compiled and published in 2000  by the Bynea and Llwynhendy Local History Group.(Joint authors - the group). These are two adjacent villages about 2 miles east of Llanelli. Includes 270 pages of photographs and articles on all aspects of the area's history. Also has Street and Trade directories and the 1891 census for the area.

Ap Hugh. The History of the Gwendraeth Valley. (1873). (Trans. from the original Welsh by Ivor Griffiths, Gorseinon.) Here is an index by Elizabeth Rees

Bowen, David. The History of Llanelli. (1856). (Trans. from the original Welsh by Ivor Griffiths, Gorseinon.) Here is an Index by Elizabeth Rees

Bowen, James Lane, and Bowen, David. The history of Llanelly, Carmarthenshire. Llanelly: D. Williams & Son, 1886. 46p; 17cm.

Craig, R S & Robert P. Jones &  & M V Symons. The Industrial and Maritime History of Llanelli and Bury Port 1750-2000. Llanelli 2002

Cripps, Brian. Llanelli postcards of yesteryear. Llandysul: Gomer, 1994. x, 102p: ill, map, ports; 19x23cm. [ISBN 185902193X]

Cripps, Brian. Llanelli slawer dydd (Llanelli of yesteryear). Llandysul: Gwasg Gomer, 1999. xi, 123 p.: chiefly ill., facsims., map, ports.; 18x23 cm. [ISBN 1859027229 (pbk.)]

Davies, Byron. Glanmorfa Foundry and Engineering Company Ltd. CMN C.C, 2000. The company's foundries in the Seaside district of the town were an integral part of the industrial life of Llanelli for over 100 years until 1979.

Davies, Byron. Dafen Recollections. 130 photographs of people, village and tin works. Llanelli B.C., 1996.  p369

Davies, Byron. Machynys (South Llanelli)- brief extracts from its history. Dyfed FHS journal, Vol 8/1, Dec 2002.

Davies, R.W. Old Llanelly: Hen Lanelli, Llandysul, Gomer (1985) [100] p., ill., map. [ISBN: 0863831397] [Picture postcards, 1904-1933]

Edwards, J. Remembrance of a riot: the story of the Llanelli railway strike riots of 1911, [Llanelli, Wales], Llanelli Borough Council (1988) x, 237 p., ill., ports. [ISBN: 090682107X]

Edwards, John. Tinopolis: aspects of Llanelli's tinplate trade. Llanelli: Llanelli Borough Council, 1995. ix, 216p, [5]p of plates: ill(some col), maps, ports; 27cm. [ISBN 0906821258]

Geary, Roger. Tonypandy and Llanelli revisited. Llafur 4/4 (1987), p. 34-45. [Relates to the Riots]

Griffiths, David F. A history of Llanelli Borough Council. Llanelli: Llanelli Borough Council, 1996. xxiii, 197p: ill(some col), coats of arms, facsims, maps, ports; 28cm. [ISBN 0906821274]

Harragan, Bob. The history of Llanelli Cricket Club. Llanelli: Llanelli Borough Council, 1990. vii, 296p: ill (some col), ports; 27cm. [ISBN 0906821126]

Harvard, Harding. Tinopolis. Amrywiaeth Llanelli Miscellany 7 (1992), p. 31-4

Hopkin, Deian.  The Llanelli Riots 1911    (NLW's site)  Welsh History Review 11

Hornsey, Brian. Ninety years of cinema in LLanelli. Stamford: Fuchsiaprint, [1997?] 16p: ill; 21cm. [ISBN 1873969961 (pbk)]

Hughes, G. A Llanelli Chronicle, Llanelli, Llanelli Borough Council (1984) 502p.

Hughes, G. The Scarlets: a history of Llanelli Rugby Football Club, [Llanelli], Llanelli Borough Council: Llanelli Rugby Football Club (1986) viii, 260 p., ill. (some col.) [ISBN: 0906821053]

Hughes, Gareth & Pugh, Robert. Llanelly pottery. Llanelli: Llanelli Borough Council, 1990. xv, 144p: ill (chiefly col); 24cm. [ISBN 0906821134]

Innes, J., (Ed.). Old Llanelly, Cardiff, Western Mail (1902).

Kemmis Buckley, W.  Some Aspects of Early Nonconformity and Early Commerce in Llanelli. The Carmarthenshire Antiquary, 1970, Vol vi

Lloyd, Sir John E., (Ed.). A History of Carmarthenshire (2 vols.), Cardiff, London Carmarthenshire Society (1935, 1939). Extracts from this book can be accessed on some parish pages, see here for this parish

Mee, A. Carmarthenshire notes: volumes 1, 2 and 3, 1889, 1890 and 1891, Camarthen, Cedric Chivers for Carmarthen County Council Cultural (1997) 1 v. (various pagings): p., ill. [ISBN: 086075104X] [Facsim. repr. of works originally published as separate vols: Llanelly: James Davies & Co.]

Owen, D. Huw. Cwm Gwendraeth a Llanelli (The Gwendraeth Valley and Llanelli). Llanelli: Cyngor Bwrdeisdref Llanelli, 1989. [29]p., [36]p. of plates: ill(some col.), facsims., maps, ports; 21cm. [ISBN 0906821096 (pbk)]

Owen-Jones, Sheila. Women in the tinplate industry: Llanelli, 1930-1950. Oral History 15/1 (1987), p. 42-49

Symons, M. V. Coal mining in the Llanelli area. Vol. 1. 16th century to 1829 Llanelli: Llanelli Borough Council, 1979. xx, 371p, fold plate: ill, geneal tables, maps, ports; 24cm. [ISBN 0906821002], contains enormous amount of genealogical material, both of gentry and other families.

Williams, W. Braslun o Hanes Bethlehem, Pwll, Llanelli (A Brief History of Bethlehem, Pool, Llanelli, Llanelli, Tom Griffiths a'i fab (1934).

Images of Llanelli, Derby, Breedon (1999) 200 p., ill. [ISBN: 1859831834]

Land and Property

Symons, M. V. The Chambers family and the Stepney Estate. In Amrywiaeth Llanelli Miscellany (1988), p. 20-4

Documents at the National Library of Wales:

  • Papers of Dr Deian Hopkin including records of Llanelly Trades Council and Divisional Labour Party, 1917-67.
  • Records of the business concerns of Charles Nevill and his son, Richard Janion Nevill, notably the Swansea Copper Works and the Llanelly Copper Works and collieries in Carmarthenshire, 1797-1910.
  • Papers of W.Rhys Watkin, Llanelli (1875-1947), Baptist minister.
  • Records of the estates, mainly in Carmarthenshire, of the families of Vaughan of Golden Grove and Llanelli, Bevan of Laugharne [including Madam Bridget Bevan, 1698-1779], Stepney of Llanelli and Stepney-Gulston of Derwydd, 1525-1904

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

  • Ashwell and Nesbitt, heating consultants, plans         "Ashwell and Nesbitt Ltd, heating and ventilation engineers, were based in Leicester, Leicestershire, [c. 1874]-[c. 1980], and undertook work on Llanelly School, Cleaves New Cross Hands Colliery, and Richard Thomas and Co. in Carmarthenshire."  
  • Dolau Fan, Burry Port, and Denham Ave Llanelli documents  1949-1989     "Eaves, Solicitors, based in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, dealt with the transfer of land, including Dolau Fan in Burry Port, Carmarthenshire, and Denham Avenue, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, in the late 20th century........."  
  • Llanelli deeds  1833-1849    "Jennings and Williams was a firm of solicitors in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, active in the 1960s. They accumulated some deeds relating to the Castell Gorfod estate's property in Llanelli"  
  • Llanelli Library Plans    "Maps and plans relating to Llanelly Harbour, Burry Navigation and local docks, rivers and railways 1846-1900 and undated (c1800-1920); plan of proposed housing for miners at Cefncaeau, Borough of Llanelly 1947; plans of Cae Colliery, Llanelly 1876-1884 and undated (c1800-1900); plan of Cwm Cappel Colliery, Burry Port, undated (c1880-1899); plan of the Gorse and Bryngwyn Collieries, near Llanelli, undated (c1836-1910); ........; plan of Achddu Colliery, Burry Port, 1905;.........); plan of Cae Pontpren (Cae Pontbrem Colliery?, Pontyates) Colliery 1891; .............; plan of Evan Treharne's Colliery, parish Llanon 1858; ...............; plan of the Pont Henry Colliery, Pontyates, undated (c1850-1950);............; geological surveys of Great Britain, vertical sections of coal seams, undated (c1800-1900)."  
  • Carmarthenshire Antiquarian Society , collection of deeds     "Deeds, 1609-1873, mostly relating to lands in Carmarthenshire, including the Trimsaran estate; records of the Commissioners of the Kidwelly and Llanelli Canal and Tramroad Act, 1813-1834; and deeds and records of the Llanelli Canal and Tramroad Company, 1834-1839. ........"  
  • Derwydd estate, records  "Title deeds, 1525-1907, of the Derwydd estate, mainly in Carmarthenshire, and of the families of Vaughan of Golden Grove and Llanelli, Bevan of Laugharne (including Madam Bridget Bevan, 1698-1779), Stepney of Llanerlli and Stepney-Gulston of Derwydd........."


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN505004 (Lat/Lon: 51.682364, -4.163939), Llanelli which are provided by:

Merchant Marine

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

  • Llanelli and Carmarthen Ship Lists 1786-1950     "Lists of ships registered in Llanelli, 1786-1950, and Carmarthen, 1839-1849; plan of S. S. Cachalotte, [photocopy, late 20th century]; and tide table, 1882."

Held at Carmarthen Archives;

  • Llanelli pilotage; its history from 1813 to the present day, a lecture  given by W Bowen to the Llanelli Chamber of Commerce, 1901.
  • Llanelly Shipping Register 1886-1950.

Craig, R. W.H. Nevill and the Llanelly Iron Shipping Company, National Library of Wales Journal, vol. 9, no. 3, (1958) pp.266-280.

Craig, R. The Emergence of a Shipowning Community at Llanelly, 1800-1850, The Carmarthen Antiquary, vol. 3, no. 1, (1959) pp.17-26.

Craig, R. The 1860s at Llanelli - a Dynamic Decade for Trade and Shipping, Carmarthenshire Antiquary, vol. 23, (1987) pp.41-55.

Craig, R. S. Owned here but never seen here: Llanelli's big sailing ships. Amrywiaeth Llanelli Miscellany 9 (1994-95), p. 5-13

Morris, Ray. Ships at Llanelly on 6th April 1891. Dyfed FHS journal, Vol7/5 Aug 2001. Extracts from the census return for the ships and crew in each of  the several Llanelly docks that night.


The Llanelly Guardian; Llanelli Library has a very detailed card index  to it (believed to start  in 1869)

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

  • Courier, The, newspaper, archive 1974-1975    " The Courier was a free newspaper, distributed in the Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, area in the mid 1970s"  
  • Llanelli News archive     "Issues of the 'Llanelli News', 1974-1976"   
  • Sosban, Y, archif (archive)  1976-1977     "'Y Sosban' was a monthly Welsh language newspaper serving the Llanelli area."


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

  • Abandoned Mine Plans    "Abandoned Mine Plans including Bigyn, Llanelli (formerly a coal mine, then used to extract fireclay) 1893, Nantymwyn Lead Mines 1850-1877; Nantymwyn 1931-1932; Ogofau Mine (gold mine) 1935-1938; Pwll No.2 1944; Vale of Towy, undated (late 19th century)."    
  • Castle Colliery, Llanelli        1938        "Castle Colliery, Llanelli, was owned by D. R. T. Lewis; in 1938 it was examined by Mr S G Hughes, MIMS, a mining engineer..."  
  • Gwendraeth Colliery and Herberdeg Minerals Records  1917   "Herberdeg and the Gwendraeth Colliery were located in the vicinity of Pontiets in the parish of Llanelli...."
  • Tumble Collieries  1891-1927  "Deeds including leases of mines under lands in parishes of Llannon and Llanelli, Carmarthenshire,together with attached maps and plans 1891-1901; correspondence 1892 and 1911; poster giving notice of proposed amalgamation of colliery companies with United Anthracite Collieries Limited 1927."
  • Waddle Engineering Company [Llanelli]           Includes "Drawings for colliery fans 1884-1964........."  
  • Pentremawr Colliery     1889- c.1970          "Pentremawr Colliery was sited at Pontyberem in the Gwendraeth Valley. ......... a series of slant mines opened by the Pentremawr Colliery Co. Ltd. which produced anthracite coal. The first 2 slants were driven in 1870 but were soon stopped when they reached a geological fault. Another 4 slants were completed soon afterwards and were given the names, Capel Ifan Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4. This was followed by the Pumpquart No. 4 Slant in 1913. ..........................[Source: Ray Lawrence, The South Wales Coalfield Directory, Vol. 2 (1998 edn), pp. 409-10]
    "Rules 1889; Handbills and Notices 1916-c.1970; Bank Pass Book 1914-1916; Correspondence 1916; Order Forms and Bills 1908-c.1916"



Bridge, Brian       Guest and Dewsberry: a contribution to the history of Llanelli Pottery  Minerva vol 12  2004    Welsh Journals Online 

Coal Mining in the Llanelli Area: Vol. One: 16th century to 1829. 1979 Llanelli Borough Council.

Davies, Byron. The Tinplater. [Includes a glossary of tinplate taken from Tinopolis by John Edwards of Llanelli] Dyfed FHS journal Vol. 6/3, April 1998.

Edwards, J. [ed]. Tinopolis--- Aspects of Llanelli's Tinplate Trade. Llanelli, 1995

Greenlaw, Joanna. Swansea clocks: watch and clockmakers of Swansea and district (Llanelli, Llandeilo, Neath). [Swansea]: Joanna Greenlaw, 1997. 123p, [12]p of plates: ill (some col.), facsims, maps, ports; 25cm. [ISBN 0953154904].

Morris, J H & L J Williams. R J Nevill and the Early Welsh Coal Trade. National Library of Wales journal. 1957, Summer Volume X/1.

Symons, J.V. Coal mining in the Llanelli Area - Years of Growth, 1800-1864. In Modern South Wales: Essays in Economic history, ed. C. Baber and L. J. Wiliams, Cardiff, University of Wales Press, (1986).

Symons, Malcolm. People in Mining and Metals: The Llanelli Area, 1841-71.   Second Stages in Researching Welsh Ancestry. Edited by John & Sheila Rowlands. FFHS, 1999

Symons, M V. Coal Mining in the Llanelli area, 16th century to 1829. Llanelli, 1979

Public Records

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

  • Llanelli Borough Council Records  1830-1985  
  • Llanelli Rural District Council Records  c1900 - 1960

Held at Carmarthen Archives;

  • Llanelli Rural District Council records C19-C20.


Held at Carmarthen Archives;

  • Bynea, Llanelli, admissions register 1897-1973

Evans, W. Gareth. Education and the needs of an industrial community: decision-making in Victorian Llanelli. Carmarthenshire Antiquary 28 (1992), p. 71-8

Jones, Eluned. Their hard-earned pennies. Llanelli: Llanelli Borough Council, 1990. 171p: ill (some col.); 21cm. Notes Originally published: Llandybie: Christopher Davies, 1982. [ISBN 090682110X (pbk)]

Jones, E. Eu ceiniogau prin, Llandybie, C. Davies (1982) 157 p., ill., facsims., ports. [Market Street Junior School (Llanelli) History].

Sadler, Isobel. Cradled in copper: the story of Copperworks Infant/Nursery School Llanelli: 150 years 1847 to 1997. [Carmarthen]: Carmarthenshire County Council, 1997. vi, 104p: ill(some col), facsims, geneal table, maps, ports; 26cm. [ISBN 0906821290]

Smith, D. Centenary commemorative booklet = Llyfryn dathlu'r canmlwyddiant: 1895-1995, Llanelli, Graig Comprehensive School (1995) 66 p., 6 p. of plates: p., ill., ports.

Ward, A.H. The Beginnings of Intermediate Technical Education for Boys in Llanelli. The Carmarthenshire Antiquary VIII (1972) pp.101-130. [p106: The opening ceremony of the new Intermediate School was held on 21 Sept 1897, attended by Mr. David Randall M.P.]

Social life and Customs

Anthony, Ilid. Social life in Llanelli in the eighteenth century, with special reference to Llanelli House. In Amrywiaeth Llanelli Miscellany (1989), p. 1-8

Edwards, J. and Lewis, B. Amrywiaeth Llanelli ; Llanelli miscellany: the fifth publication of work by members and associates of the W.E.A. in Llanelli, Llanelli, Workers' Educational Association, Llanelli (1990) vii, 60 p., ill., ports.

Llanelli Community Heritage -"..... the society's main aim is to consolidate the work of local historians in preserving historic buildings and structures and to promote the community's rich heritage"


[Gareth Hicks : 23 Dec 2012]