"LLANGRANOG (LLAN-GARANOG), a parish in the lower division of the hundred of MOYTHEN, county of CARDIGAN, SOUTH WALES, 20 miles (W. by N.) from Lampeter, containing 921 inhabitants. This place derives its name from the dedication of its church to St. Caranog, who flourished towards the close of the sixth century, and is said to have had a small chapel or oratory among the rocks on this part of the coast, where he spent his days in religious seclusion. The parish is pleasantly situated on the shore of Cardigan bay, by which it is bounded on the north-west, and on the turnpike road from Cardigan to Aberystwith. The village is seated in a deep dingle, sheltered by hills on each side, and opening at one extremity towards the sea; and its situation on the open bay of Cardigan,...."
[From Samuel Lewis's A Topographical Dictionary of Wales 1833]



Monumental inscriptions for Llangrannog Parish (index only) are available on microfiche from Dyfed FHS [Sant Carannog, Bancyfelin,Blaencelyn, Capel Crannog, Capel Ffynnon,Capel Gwndwn, Capel-y-Wig, Pantycrugiu]


    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

    • Llangranog Parish Church Josiah Rees, Vicar

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

      • St Carannog & St David
      • Incumbent and Curates; J R Davies
      • Rural Deanery of Glyn Aeron
      • Acreage 4,341; Population 763

        St Carannog church - photograph on Dyfed FHS

        St David, Blaencelyn - photograph on Dyfed FHS

        See Chapels database

        Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site

        •  A Church/chapel [unnamed]

        Church Records

        See Notes on Church/Chapel Records page

        Parish Register;
        PR CB 1763-1812 recorded in 1831 apparently lost
        Baptisms 1813-1993. Marriages 1762-1969 [Banns 1824-82, 1923]. Burials 1813-1992 NLW with copies od some dates at Cer.RO
        Bishops Transcripts;
        1679-81, 1683-9, 1702-3, 1706, 1799-1880 NLW

        See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

        I.G.I; Baptisms 1799-1875

        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 4383 acres; Population 366 males, 488 females, total 854

            Various landscapes - on the People's Collection Wales site

            Llangrannog - on Wikipedia

            You can see pictures of Llangrannog which are provided by:



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

            Description of the parish of Llangrannog from A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (1833) by Samuel Lewis



            Cardiganshire Families

            Hope, Evelyn. Llangranog and the Pigeonsford Family. M. M. Thomas & Co.: Cardigan (1931) pp. 28. [BM 09915.i.25]



            Davies, Mervyn. The Story of Llangrannog. History, Guide and Tours [? pre 1973] . Here is an index by Mary Jane Stephenson. By same author, there is also The Story of Llangrannog, Llangrannog, 1978.

            Hope, E E. The story of Llangranog. Card. Antq. Soc. Trans, Vol II/1 Welsh Journals Online

            Jenkins, J.Geraint. Llangrannog. Etifeddiaeth Pentref Glan Mor. [Llangrannog.Heritage of a village by the sea] Llangrannog Community Council ,1998. Here is an index by Mary Jane Stephenson.

            Jenkins, J Geraint. Llangranog. Some aspects of the development of a coastal village (NLW's site) Ceredigion, III

            Meyrick, Sir Samuel Rush.(1783-1848) The History and Antiquities of the county of Cardigan. Collected from the few remaining documents which have escaped the ravages of time, as well as from actual observation. Longman: London ,1810. The history and antiquities of the County of Cardigan ... to which are now added a parliamentary history, list of High Sheriffs, some notes on the present county families, &c., &c. repr. Brecon: 1907. This 1907 print has now been reprinted. The section relating to this parish is on pages 229/32; the church was a vicarage, the last 2 incumbants were the Rev Mr Rhys and Rev Mr Evan Thomas. Mentioned are Nantdu estate, Wervilbrook estate, Pigeon's Ford estate, and Cwmowen estate.


            Land & Property

            Held at the NLW ;

            • Records from the offices of Amphlett Lewis & Evans[solicitors] of Newcastle Emlyn, including deeds relating to estates in surrounding areas of Cardigan and Carmarthen, 1708-1943, mainly the Llysnewydd and Pigeonsford estates.


            Passmore, Susan. Manorial Records of Caerwedros, Cardiganshire. After Edward 1's conquest of Wales the commot of Caerwedros became a Crown manor comprising the present day parishes of Llangrannog, Llandysiliogogo, Llannarth, Llanina and Llanllwchaearn.Dyfed Family History Journal 5/6 (Apr 1996), p. 227-230


             Plan of the parish of Llangrannog in the County of Cardigan - on the People's Collection Wales site

            Parish map (Kain/Oliver)

            You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN338534 (Lat/Lon: 52.154079, -4.430666), Llangrannog which are provided by:


            Merchant Marine

            Jenkins, J.Geraint. Maritime Heritage,The Ships & Seamen of Southern Ceredigion. Llandysul: 1982.14 maps and diagrams. 63 b/w photo illus. area covered is coastline between mouth of Teifi and village of Aberaeron. Two appendices give trade list of freights from Bristol to Cardigan and The Diary of Simon Jones of Llangrannog.

            Names, Geographical

            Places, villages, farms etc within Llangrannog 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)

            • Llangrannog (67); Arfor; Arthach; Beili; Bryn-teilog; Bwlch-clawdd; Capel(?)-ffynnon; Careg Evan; Castell-crugiau; Cefn-ceiliog; Cefn-cwrt; Clyn-coch; Corgam; Dolgoy; Eisteddfa; Erwan-fach; Erwan-fawr; Ffynnon; Gaer; Llain-wen; Llangranog (village); Lletty'r-Cymro; Lochtyn; Nant Hawen; Nant Fothau; Nant-llo; Nanty-mawr; Pen Dinas Lochdyn; Pen Rhip; Pen-yr-allt; Pentre-gat; Pigeons Ford; Pont-gareg; Pwll-y-chwil; Traeth yr Ynys; Tre-cregyn; Trwyn Croi; Wervilbrook; Ynys Lochtyn


            Here is an extract from The Reports of the Commissioners appointed to enquire into the state of Education in Wales. 1847

            Pontgarreg School photographs and other Llangrannog-related material;  On Ceredigion Archives/Catalogues with photographs, postcards


            Social Life & Customs

            Various items  - on the People's Collection Wales site

            • Ar y traeth yn Llangrannog [beach scene]
            • Postcard from the Urdd Camp, Llangrannog, 1930s
            • There are a *multitude* of photographs of C20th social occasions eg beach/costume wearing/games/sports. Much of the supporting text is in Welsh and uploaded by the Urdd