"GARTHELI, a chapelry in the parish of LLANDEWY-BREVI, lower division of the hundred of PENARTH, county of CARDIGAN,SOUTH WALES, 6 miles [N.by W.] from Lampeter, containing 216 inhabitants. This chapelry contains several respectable residences, and is situated on elevated ground above the Vale of the Aeron, with the Meiric brook flowing into the Teivy at the bottom, over which the prospects are pleasing and picturesque. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry of Cardigan, and diocese of St David's, endowed with £1000 royal bounty, and in the patronage of the Perpetual Curate of Llandewy-Brevi. It is separately assessed for the maintenance of the poor, the average annual expenditure amounting to £51.5."
[From Samuel Lewis's A Topographical Dictionary of Wales 1833]


Church History

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

  • Gartheli, an ancient chapel in the parish of Llanddewi Brefi, but wholly separate from the Mother Church Rees Williams, Chapel Warden

Parish entry for Bettws Leiki and Gartheli from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).

  • St Lucia & St Gartheli (Gartheli)
  • Incumbent and Curates; E Jones
  • Rural Deanery of Ultra Aeron
  • Acreage 2,373 & 2,516; Population 231 & 224

St Gartheli church - photograph on Dyfed FHS

See Chapels database


Church Records

See Notes on Church/Chapel Records page

Parish Register;
Baptisms 1813-1986. Marriages 1839-1971. Burials 1871-1986 NLW/Cer.RO
Entries for CMB before 1812 are in PR for Llanddewibrefi parish. PR Marriages 1813-38 recorded in 1933 apparently lost.
Bishops Transcripts;
1813-15, 1821-3, 1827-37, 1850-79, 1885-8, 1890-92, 1894-9, 1901-2, 1905-6, 1908-11 NLW

I.G.I; Baptisms 1813-37, 1850-75. Marriages 1813-37

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

Nonconformist Chapels; see Chapels database


Description & Travel

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

  • Area 2475 acres; Population 156 males, 181 females, total 337
You can see pictures of Gartheli which are provided by:



The transcription of the section for Gartheli from The National Gazetteer (1868) provided by Colin Hinson.



Hyatt, Jenni W . The Tragic Family of Elizabeth Elinor Lodwick. Dyfed FHS journal Vol 7/4 April 2001. A story that starts with David Lodwick [1768-1833] of Tynyfron, Gartheli. With an update in Dyfed FHS journal , Vol 8/2 April 2003



Parish maps(Kain/Oliver)

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN584565 (Lat/Lon: 52.188511, -4.072801), Gartheli which are provided by:


Names, Geographical

Places, villages, farms etc within Gartheli 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)

  • Gartheli (50); Aber-Meurig; Berth-lwyd; Bryn-blodau; Bryn-gwyn; Bwlch-wernen; Gartheli (village); Llangybi Common; Lluest; Llwyn-y-groes; Nant Meurig; Pen-bryn-blodeuyn; Tre-fynor

Names, Personal

Held at the NLW ;

  • Records of the families of Rogers of Gelli and Edwards of Abermeurig, Cardiganshire, 1552-1924.