"VERWIC (Y-VERWIG), a parish in the lower division of the hundred of TROEDYRAUR, county of CARDIGAN, SOUTH WALES, 2 1/4miles (N.) from Cardigan, containing 439 inhabitants. This parish, which is situated on the coast of St. George's channel, is celebrated in the Welsh annals for the memorable and sanguinary resistance opposed by the natives to a body of invading Flemings, who had effected a landing on a part of the beach, called Traeth y Mount ; and in the desperate battle which ensued these invaders were defeated with dreadful carnage, and their dead bodies were strewn in heaps on the sands...."
[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

  • Verwic Parish Church Thomas Rees, Minister
  • see Chapels database below

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

      • Holy Cross & St Pedrog (Verwick)
      • Incumbent and Curates; J Jones
      • Rural Deanery of Sub Aeron
      • Acreage 1,172 & 2,980 ; Population 71 & 283

          St Pedrog - photograph on Dyfed FHS

            Bateman, David. The church of the Holy Cross, Mount, and the church of Saint Pedrog, Verwig (NLW's site) Ceredigion, Vol II

            Bowen, E G. The Churches of Mount and Verwig (NLW's site) Ceredigion, Vol II


            Church Records

            See Notes on Church/Chapel Records page

            Parish Register;
            Baptisms 1813-1992. Marriages 1769-1970. Burials 1813-1955 NLW/Cer.RO
            Diocesan records suggest that c 1790 this parish had registers going back 30 years.
            Bishops Transcripts;
            1674-5, 1679-84, 1686-7, 1699-1700, 1799, 1801, 1803-7, 1810-55, 1865-6 NLW

            See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

            I.G.I; Baptisms 1814-55. Marriages 1814-36

            Nonconformist Chapels;

            Blaencefn CM chapel, Blaencefn, Login

            • Blaen-y-cefn CM chapel, Blaencefn, Login SN20745035 Started 1744 at Ffrwdwenith farm, chapel built 1808, rebuilt 1837, repaired 1869 & 1884. Members; 84 in 1902 Records; births & bapts 1811-37 PRO & in IGI Still open 1998 (The Chapels Recording Project in Wales & Rawlins - See Notes on Church/Chapel Records page)
            • Blaencefn, Verwig CM Erected in 1808, not a separate building, not used exclusively as a place of worship Evan Davies, Heol Las (1851 Religious census)
            • Blaen-cefn CM chapel Bapts 1811-37 PRO ( Nonconformist Registers of Wales, under Mwnt - See Notes on Church/Chapel Records page )
            • Photograph on Dyfed FHS (under Mwnt)
            • Still open in 2006
            • Hanes Methodistiaeth, rhan ddeheuol Sir Aberteifi : oddechreuad y "Diwvgiad Methodistaidd" yn 1735 hyd 1900 . By John Evans. Dolgellau , 1904. (Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Church History in the southern part of Cardiganshire from 1735 to 1900) This book contains an entry for each CM chapel in existence in South Cardiganshire at the end of 1900, including this one. It includes a history of preaching in the area before the chapel was built, lists deacons, ministers etc, and contains a wealth of genealogical information.

            Siloam Baptist chapel



                  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 3062 acres; Population 177 males, 201 females, total 378

                        Aerial photograph of the Cliff Hotel, Gwbert, Verwick, 2000 - on the People's Collection Wales site

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

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



                        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 205/7; the last 2 incumbents of the church were the Rev David Davies and the Rev Mr James. Mentions a farm called Nant y Flynion, also residences of Tregiby, Towyn, Crugbychan and Heolycwm.



                        Second class map of the parish of Verwig, Cardiganshire  - on the People's Collection Wales site

                        Parish map (Kain/Oliver)

                        You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN192499 (Lat/Lon: 52.117835, -4.641896), Verwick which are provided by:


                        Names, Geographical

                        Places, villages, farms etc within Verwick 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)

                        • Verwick (101); Cardigan Island; Careg Lydan; Clos-y-graig; Clyn-yr-ynys; Craig-y-Gwbert; Crug-bychan; Cwm; Ffynnon-cyff; Golf Links; Hafod; Heol-las; Heol-y-cwn; Login; Mill; Nantycroi; Pen-yr-Hwbyn; Rocket Ho; Towyn; Towyn Warren; Traeth-y-Mwnt; Tre-cefn; Troed-y-rhiw; Ty-gwyn; Verwick [village];