Photographs of Llangeler Parish Church, Carmarthenshire, Wales

Photographs of
Llangeler Parish Church,
Carmarthenshire, Wales

All photographs copyright 2004 by Jeffrey L. Thomas

My g.g.g. grandfather, David Davies of Brynmawr, Wales, was born circa 1798 in the parish of Llangeler, Carmarthenshire, Wales. As a young man (likely circa 1820) David moved to the industrial region of south Wales and married a woman named Hannah from Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorganshire. David and Hannah eventually moved to Brynmawr, Breconshire, where they raised a family of 10 children, and are last identified in the 1861 census of Brynmawr. My wife and I visited the parish church at Llangeler in April of 2004 and the photographs below are from that visit. We begin with a brief description of the parish taken from "A Topographical Dictionary of Wales" (S. Lewis, 1844):

"LLANGELER (LLAN-GELER), a parish, in the union of NEWCASTLE-EMLYN, higher division of the hundred of ELVET, county of CARMARTHEN, SOUTH WALES, 5 miles (E. by S.) from Newcastle-Emlyn; containing 1747 inhabitants. . . It comprises by computation 6414 acres, of which nearly 2000 are arable, 3480 pasture, 900 waste, and the remainder woodland; the surface is undulated, and the surrounding scenery pleasantly varied, embracing a portion of the fertile and picturesque Vale of Teivy . . . The church, dedicated to St. Celer, is a plain and neat edifice, in good repair . . . an ancient chapel of ease, dedicated to St. Mary, and thence called "Capel Mair," has been entirely demolished. . . There is a place of worship which is jointly appropriated to Independents and Presbyterians: a day school is maintained by the trustees of Mrs. Bevan's charity; and a Sunday school is supported by voluntary contributions, aided by gratuitous teachers."








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