Llanfihangel Rhydieithon / Llanfihangel Rhydithon


"LLANVIHANGEL-RHYD-ITHON (LLAN-VIHANGEL RHYD ITHON), a parish in the hundred of KEVENLLEECE, county of RADNOR, SOUTH WALES, 3 miles (E. N. E.) from Pen y Bont, containing 350 inhabitants. This parish derives its name from the dedication of its church to St. Michael ; ............. According to the opinion of some antiquaries, ................. the name is more properly Llanvihangel Rhiw Teithon, from its situation on a road immediately above the church, which led into the forest of Radnor, and still bears the name Rhiw Teithon..............The road from Knighton to Pen y Bont passes through the parish, and at the latter place is a post - office,........... The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry of Brecknock, and diocese of St. David's, endowed with £800 royal bounty, and £200 parliamentary grant, .................. The church, which is in a very dilapidated condition, is about to be taken down and rebuilt. ............small charitable donations and bequests, amounting only to £2. 10., is annually distributed among the poor. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor is £158. 10. .........." ( A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, Samuel Lewis, 1833)



Watkins, W        Llanfihangel Rhydithon seventy years ago            Radnorshire Society Transactions Vol 4 1934       Welsh Journals Online  & Part II        Radnorshire Society Transactions Vol 5 1935     Welsh Journals Online

  Watkins, W. J. H.   'Education in Llanfihangel Rhydithon and District'           Radnorshire Society Transactions, vol. 6 1936   Welsh Journals Online




Church History

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 given towards the end of each entry are those of the informants.

Llanfihangel-Rhydithon Parish consisting of part of Llanfihangel-Rhydithon Township; Statistics; Area 3204 acres; Population 190 males, 163 females, total 353

  • Llanvihangel-Rhydithon Parish Church (Penybont)        Attendance - morning 60   "Church rebuilt in 1838 on site of the northern portion of the old one taken down because of dilapidation (Lewis 1848)"   2 (?) services in English    D Lewis, Curate

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph of Llanfihangel Rhydithon St Michael

See John Ball's site Welsh Churches and Chapels Collection for a photograph/data re Dolau Baptist Chapel

See John Ball's site Welsh Churches and Chapels Collection for a photograph/data re St Michael's Church

See John Ball's site Welsh Churches and Chapels Collection for a photograph/data re Tanhouse CM Chapel, Llanfihangel Rhydithon

Church of St Michael, Llanfihangel Rhydithon on the Radnorshire Churches Survey site


    Church Records

    Detailed information on deposited registers and transcripts for this parish is given on the Powys Archives page Radnorshire parish registers

    As a guide only, the principal extant parochial church records for this parish span the dates shown below (as detailed in Parish Registers of Wales, NLW 2000) but exact current holdings should be confirmed with the individual Archives;

    • Baptisms 1725, 1732-47, 1749-55, 1758-1944; Marriages 1732-47, 1749-1837, 1839-1971; Burials 1732-47, 1749-55, 1758-1990
      Parish Registers, or copies, for all or part of these dates are held at the NLW and/or Powys Archives.  
      Bishops Transcripts for various periods are held at the NLW   

    Description & Travel

    Various landscape photographs in Llanfihangel Rhydithon the People's Collection Wales site

    You can see pictures of Llanfihangel Rhydieithon / Llanfihangel Rhydithon which are provided by:




    Land & Property

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

    •  Llanfihangel Rhydithon, deeds    "Deeds relating to properties in Llanfihangel Rhydithon , Radnorshire, and in Holt and Abergele, Denbighshire, 1648-1842; share certificates in the Minera Ragman Mining Company, 1863, 1871"
    • Ruell family, Llandrindod, photocopies  "Photocopies, [1985], of papers of the Ruell family (1792-1891) including deeds relating to properties in Llanfihangel Rhydithon, Llanddewi Ystradenni and Llandrindod, Radnorshire, Llanwrthwl, Brecknockshire, Borden and Boughton, Kent, and St Andrew Holborn, Middlesex (1792-1891), plans of properties in Llanfihangel Rhydithon (1840), legal costs ([1834]-1869) and letters (1855-1856)."


    Kain, R.J.P., Oliver, R.R., Historic Parishes of England and Wales: an Electronic Map of Boundaries before 1850 with a Gazetteer and Metadata [computer file]. Colchester, Essex: History Data Service, UK Data Archive [distributor], 17 May 2001. SN: 4348. Here is a gazetteer/finding aid plus a set of overview maps to accurately identify the position of parishes within the county

    Family Search have an interactive map called "England and Wales Jurisdictions 1851" showing parish (and other) boundaries with optional background maps such as Ordnance Survey. There is also a Search facility, do read the guidance notes to get maximum benefit from this useful resource. See here for further background information to assist in the interpretation of this data

    You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SO159678 (Lat/Lon: 52.301854, -3.2341), Llanfihangel Rhydieithon / Llanfihangel Rhydithon which are provided by:



    Victorian Powys for schools site - Llanfihangel Rhydithon School