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"LLANSADWRN (LLAN-SADWRN), a parish, in the union of LLANDOVERY, lower division of the hundred of PERVETH, county of CARMARTHEN, SOUTH WALES, 3 miles (N.N.W.) from Llangadock; comprising the Upper and Lower divisions, and containing 1192 inhabitants. This parish, which is pleasantly situated in the north-eastern part of the county, is intersected by the turn-pike road from Llandilo-Vawr, by the suspension bridge to Llandovery, and by a small rivulet tributary to the river Towy. It comprises 7064 acres, consisting of a mountainous district of considerable extent, and a large portion of common, which was inclosed . . . in 1809, and with the other lands, is in a good state of cultivation . . . The church is dedicated to St. Sadwrn . . . There are seven places of worship for Baptists, Independents, and Calvinistic and Wesleyan methodists. . . The schools consists of, in the Upper division, a day school of 20 children . . . and two Sunday schools, respectively appertaining to the Calvinistic Methodists and Independents, and conducted gratuitously, in which 160 males and females are taught in the Welsh language. In the Lower division are two day and two Sunday schools, three of which are in connexion with the Independents, and one with Baptists . . ." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1844).]

Church History

LLANSADWRN, St. Sadwrn  1883-1884    - on the Church plans online site

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


Griffiths, G. Milwyn. A Visitation of the Archdeaconry of Carmarthen, 1710   National Library of Wales journal. 1974, Summer Vol XVIII/3. Includes the parish of Llan Sadwrn

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

Church Records

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

Parish registers: Christenings (1739-1847), Marriages (1739-55, 1783-1971), Banns (1823-74) and Burials (1739-1960) are at the National Library of Wales with Mf copies [except Banns] at Carm.RO

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1673, 1678-9, 1681-4, 1686-7, 1690-1, 1693, 1695-9, 1702-4, 1707, 1709, ?1711, 1713-18, 1720-2, 1724-38, 1740-7, 1749-529, 1755-60, 1762-1800, 1802-57) 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. 21 - Perfedd Hundred (Dyfed Family History Society, c1989)

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

Nonconformist Chapels:

Description and Travel

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;

Places, villages, farms etc within Llansadwrn parishas 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)


Carmarthenshire Families


Rawlins, Josť. Excise Duty and Edward Richards. Dyfed FHS Journal 6 (Aug 1997) p.16. [Originally of Defynnog, Breconshire, later Llansadwrn]

Rawlins, Josť, The "Bryndyfan" Tombstone in Llansadwrn Parish Churchyard. Dyfed FHS journal Vol 5, no 4, Aug 1995,  p 162-166. Featured family is that of Thomas Morgan Jones, Bryndyfan [1803-1889].


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

Land and Property

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

Documents at the National Library of Wales:


View maps covering the area of this parish and places within its boundaries

Public Records

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


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[Gareth Hicks : 17 Dec 2012]

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