"LLANILAR ( LLAN-ILAR), a parish consisting of the Upper and Lower divisions, each separately maintaining its poor, in the upper division of the hundred of ILAR, county of CARDIGAN, SOUTH WALES, 6 miles (S. S. E.) from Aberystwith, containing 994 inhabitants, of which number, 482 are in the Upper, and 512 in the Lower, division. This parish, which derives its name from the dedication of its church, is pleasantly situated on the southern bank of the river Ystwyth, and near the high road from Aberystwith to Cardigan. Part of it is hilly, though some is flat and liable to be flooded: the soil is in general shallow and dry, but produces good crops of corn, hay, &c...."
[From Samuel Lewis's A Topographical Dictionary of Wales 1833]



Benson, D G, C S Briggs, J L Davies and G H Williams. A Bronze Age cemetery at Llanilar, Ceredigion (NLW's site) Ceredigion, Vol IX/3 1982.
"This account of the work at Llanilar (prompted by a find during excavations for housing) is a report describing only the 1980 salvage excavations upon the main part of the Bronze Age cemetery. During 1983, investigations were recommenced and the results of that work must await publication at a later date...."


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

  • Llanilar Parish Church This return is missing

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

    • St Hilary & St Michael (Rhostie)
    • Incumbent and Curates; T H Davies
    • Rural Deanery of Llanbadarn Fawr
    • Acreage 6,429 & 1,313; Population 676

      St Hilary - photograph on Dyfed FHS

      Various items  - on the People's Collection Wales site

      • Black and White photograph showing capel and stream, Llanilar.
      • Black and White photograph showing St Hilarys church, Llanilar.

      See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph

        Rees, Gwynfor. Un o'r harddaf yn y parth hwn o'r sir: Adnewyddu Eglwys Llanilar 1873/4 (NLW's site) Ceredigion X


        Church Records

        See Notes on Church/Chapel Records page

        Parish Register;
        Baptisms 1685-1984. Marriages 1685-1970 [Banns 1823-1992].Burials 1685-1992 NLW with copies of some dates at Cer.RO
        Bishops Transcripts;
        1675-6, 1678-9, 1682-3, 1688, 1699, 1702-3, 1705, 1811-72, 1874-6 NLW

        See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

        I.G.I; Baptisms 1811-76. Marriages 1812-37

        Index to Burials from Parish Registers 1813-1837 available for purchase from Cardiganshire Family History Society Volume 2: Ilar (Upper) Hundred . Parishes covered: Eglwys Newydd, Gwnnws, Llanafan, Llanfihangel-y-Creuddyn, Llanilar, Lledrod, Rhostïe, Ysbyty Ystwyth, Ystrad Meurig

        Nonconformist Chapels;

        Carmel Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Llanilar

        • Carmel Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Chapel SN62367501 Started 1788, chapel built 1796, modified, altered or rebuilt 1814, 1824, 1879. Has graveyard Records; 1.births and bapts 1814-37 PRO & on IGI 2. Fifteen vols of registers & notebooks 1814-1970 NLW Still open in 1998 ( The Chapels Recording Project in Wales (RCAHMW) & Rawlins (under Rhostie) - see Notes on Church/Chapel Records page )
        • Carmel Calvinistic Methodist Chapel Bapts 1814-37 at PRO; Bapts 1814-90 at NLW ( Nonconformist Registers of Wales - See Notes on Church/Chapel Records page )
        • Cardiganshire Family History Society - Index to deaths and burials in Cardiganshire from non-conformist records is available on fiche. Check details on their site, for this parish includes ; Carmel (Cal.Meth., 1883-89, 1890-98, 1911-53).
        • Still open in 2006 & contact details on Ceredigion Library site 2007

        Sundry other chapel references


        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;

        • Llanilar Parish consisting of Lower Llanilar Township and Upper Llanilar Township
        • Area 6403 acres; Population 445 males, 479 females, total 924
        • Lower Llanilar Township
        • Population 225 males, 233 females, total 458
        • Upper Llanilar Township
        • No return

            Various landscapes  - on the People's Collection Wales site

            You can see pictures of Llanilar which are provided by:



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

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



            Wooden boot jack, Llanilar, late C19th - on the People's Collection Wales site

            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 284/86; Hamlets named include Dolvawr, Middle, Eglwys, Rhydybrynarth, Grugwen. The last 5 church incumbents were ---Roberts, John Morgan, William Hughes of Glanr'avon, Daniel Williams of Carmarthenshire, 1798 Owen Owen of Aberystwyth. Mention of Abermaid, Llidiade estate, Castle Hill estate.


            Land & Property

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

            • Llidiardau estate, records "Personal and estate papers of the family of Parry of Llidiardau, Llanilar, Cardiganshire, and of the associated families of Hughes of Glanrheidol, Llanbadarn Fawr, and Hughes of Alltlwyd, Llansantffraid, both also of Cardiganshire, mainly 18 cent.-20 cent......."

            Held at the NLW ;

            • Llidiardau. Estate and family records of Parry of Llidiardau in Llanilar parish, Cardiganshire, and the associated families of Hughes of Glanrheidol and Hughes of Allt-lwyd, mainly C18-C20.
            • Records of the Phillips family of Tre-faes Uchaf, parish of Llanilar, Cardiganshire, 1664-1909, relating to properties in Cardiganshire and including documents associated with Augustus Brackenbury [Y Sais Bach].
            • Cardiganshire Rentals ;
              8-12. Lordship of Mefenydd, 1892-5 (Gwnnws Isaf, Llangwyryfon, Llanilar, Llanrhystud, Lledrod Isaf, Rhostïe).


             Plan of the parish of Llanilar 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 SN631724 (Lat/Lon: 52.332284, -4.010868), Llanilar which are provided by:


            Names, Geographical

            Places, villages, farms etc within Llanilar parish 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)

            • Lower Llanilar (23); Afon Ystwyth; Bellevue; Bryn-amlwg; Bryn-gwyn; Bryn-hir; Castle Hill; Ffos-y-bontbren; Gardeni; Graigwen; Pentre-llyn; Rhod-Mad; Tan-yr-allt; Tre-faes
            • Upper Llanilar (22); Afon Ystwyth; Banc-Cwm-llechwedd; Brynarth; Camp (2); Commins Pen-y-banc; Cwm-byr; Dolfor; GWR Aberystwyth & Carmarthen Railway; Hendre Rhys; Llanilar (village); Llidiardau; Pant-y-ddafad; Trawscoed Sta.; Ty'n-berllan; Ty'n-y-bwlch


               Llanilar YFC, various - on the People's Collection Wales site


              Public Records

              Held at Ceredigion Archives;

              • Welsh version "Health and Safety at Work" under the Factories and Workshops Act 1901 from Dyffryn Mill, Llanilar

              Social Life & Customs

              Outside the Falcon Hotel Llanilar. 9 July 1905 [coach & horses] - on the People's Collection Wales site