Lloyd Lewis lloyd.lewis(a)virgin.net has recently volunteered to do lookups
in a 2-vol. (book) publication:
Religious Census of 1851, a Calendar of Returns Relating to Wales By Ieuan
Jones & David Williams. This covers the whole of Wales and Monmouth,
listing each Church &
Chapel with details of the number attending, Welsh or English Services,
and remarks by the
person filling in the form as to re-building, and extracts from Lewis on
tythes and endowments
I requested a lookup myself for several parishes in Cardiganshire, and want
to share Lloyd's reply (below) so that you can get an idea of the kind of
information this source provides. I've been researching these parishes for
about 10 years, and was very pleased to learn details that aren't available
This has been posted on the All Wales page, which can be accessed from
either the Mid-Wales Lookup Exchange at:
or from the South/Wales Lookup Exchange at:
From: Lloyd Lewis <lloyd.lewis(a)virgin.net>
To: anpreston(a)msn.com <anpreston(a)msn.com>
Date: Monday, May 31, 1999 3:44 PM
Subject: LE 1851 Rel:
Your the first, and I've just returned home from this area.
Area 4425 acres Popn. 235 males 257 females total 492
Penuwch Chapel Calvanistic Methodist
Erected 1817: rebuilt 1837
Space: other 184. standing 100
Present. morn 150 scholars; aft 173; even.135
Average (12 months) much the same
Daniel Davies Deacon.
Llwynpiod. Calvanistic Methodist
Erected before 1760
Space; free 30 other 40; standing 40
Average; (12 months) general congregation from 70 to 90; scholars 70 to 52
David Evans Deacon, Drewerfain.
[Note; there is no return for the Parish Church; for details of the living
Lewis; perpetual curacy, annexed to that of Llandewi-Brevi; endowed with
£600 royal bounty; impropriators, Earl of Lisburne and H. Price Esq.
a prebend in the collegiate church of Llandewi Brevi.]
Blaenpenal. Church of an Ancient Chapelry
Endowed; land £114; fees 10s.
Space; free 80
Present; aft 60
Average. aft. 30
Evan Evans. Perpetual Curate
Lewis: Chapelry in the Parish of Llandewi Brevi; living a perpetual curacy;
endowed with £800 royal bounty and £200 parliamentary grant; net income
with a glebe house; impropriators, Earl of Lisburne and H Price, Esq
are also patrons alternately.
C&C; 1 service in Welsh performed by the curate.
Bettws Leiki, an ancient Chapelry of an ancient seperate chapelry in the
parish of Llandewibrefy
Endowed; land £50
Space; free 92; other 22
Present; morn. 129 + 42 scholars
Average; (12 months); about the same
Remarks; Many of the hearers are obliged to stand in the aisle having not
adequate number of sitting.
Thomas Edwardes. Perpetual Curate
Lewis; perpetual curacy; endowed with £1000 royal bounty; net income £50;
patron, the perpetual curate of Llandewy Brevi; erected in 1805.
C&vC; 1 service in Welsh performed by the incumbent
I&C; not resident
Upper Llanfihangel-y-Croddin, or Eglwys Newydd Chapelry
Area; 15961 acres. Popn. 660 males, 728 females total 1388
Salem. Wesleyan Methodist.
Space; free 35, other 175, standing 50.
Present; morn.67 scholars; aft. 121; even. 52
Average; morn 80 scholars; aft; 150; even; 120.
Area 7824 acres. Popn. 541 males, 525 females; total 1066
Ystumtien, Weselyan Methodist
Erected 1839; enlarged 1839
Space; free 150; other 156; standing 150.
Present; morn. 217; aft. 210 scholars; even. 163
Remarks; All the services here are performing in the Welsh Language.
John Jones. Leader
C&C = Numbers of services performed in each Church and Chapel in Wales.
I&C = Incumbent and Curate, residences and stipends.
Note that the spelling is as printed and varies from todays, ie Ystumteum.
It also can vary from each submitted report.
Hope this is of help.