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 Llandingat, St Dingad, Parish Church

Ordnance Survey Map Reference : SN770352

Parish Registers : Carmarthenshire Record Office

Baptisms 1733 - 1909
Marriages 1733 - 1904, 1907 - 65
Burials 1733 - 1911

Bishops Transcripts : National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
1672-73, 1677-79, 1681-84, 1686-87, 1711-12, 1715-16, 1718, 1721-22, 1724,
1728-31, 1733-45, 1748-83, 1785-94, 1796-1800, 1802-54,

1856-57, 1859-60,
1865. IGI chr 1745-1865

Llandingat Parish Register Images

Llandingat Parish Census Images 1841-1901

Llandovery Urban District 1939 Census Images

Llandigat Marriages 1813-1837
Llandingat Baptisms 1813-1870
Llandingat Burials 1813-1875

Marriages 1813-1837
Burials 1813-1851
1901 Carmarthenshire Strays
Owners of Land 1873

Llandingat Genuki
Llandovery Workhouse
Llandovery Wikipedia
Llandovery Castle

William Williams Pantycelyn


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The church, dedicated to St. Dingat, is a Norman building, the nave and chancel are thirteenth century and the tower, fourteenth. It is built on the ancient site of a pre-Conquest Celtic Christian community which formed a network of Medieval churches. St. Dingat was one of the sons of Brychan, a sixth century saint and chieftain of Irish origin. Brychan had thirty six children, many of whom also became celtic saints. He founded his own kingdom of Brycheiniog

View of Llandovery

Norman and medieval castle
Attractions in the town include the remains of Llandovery Castle, built in 1110 and almost immediately captured by the Welsh, changing hands between Normans and Welsh until the reign of King Edward I of England. The castle was used by King Henry IV while on a sortie into Wales when he executed Llywelyn ap Gruffydd Fychan in the marketplace. It was later attacked by the forces of Owain Glyndŵr in 1403, and has stood as a ruin ever since.

Welsh Hero
A 16-foot (4.9 m) high stainless steel statue to Llywelyn ap Gruffydd Fychan was unveiled in 2001 on the north side of Llandovery Castle, overlooking the place of his execution six hundred years earlier. He had led the army of King Henry IV on 'a wild goose chase' under the pretence of leading them to a secret rebel camp and an ambush of Glyndŵr's forces. King Henry lost patience with him, exposed the charade and had him half hanged, disemboweled in front of his own eyes,beheaded and quartered - the quarters salted and dispatched to other Welsh towns for public display

The statue won a national competition to choose a suitable design, the winner being that of Toby and Gideon Petersen, funding was from the National Lottery and the Arts Council of Wales.

Other attractions
Also in the town are a charity-run theatre (Llandovery Theatre), a heritage centre and Llandovery College. The Carmarthen Fans, a scenic mountain range within the Brecon Beacons National Park is nearby.

Tourists appreciate the first conurbation after crossing the Brecon Beacons and large numbers of motorcyclists congregate, particularly at weekends, in the West End cafe on the High Street.

The Physicians of Myddfai practiced in the area, healing subjects with their herb lore and potions as well as their mystical powers and insight into the human condition.

Llandovery is also the place where one of the first independent Welsh banks, The Black Ox, was established by a wealthy drover (later to become part of Lloyds TSB bank). The building is part of the King's Head inn[2] which was the home of The Bank of the Black Ox.

Llandovery is home to the Rugby Union team Llandovery RFC.

Famous people
Famous people associated with Llandovery include outlaw Twm Si�n Cati and hymn writer William Williams.

Llandovery is twinned with Pluguffan, France.

Nearby places
The Dolaucothi Gold Mines are located 10 miles (16 km) away near Pumpsaint on the A482. The site of a Roman Gold Mine.

The small and pretty village of Myddfai is located four miles (6 km) to the south east. The Fan Brycheiniog or Carmarthen Fans, part of the Brecon Beacons National Park lie nearby.

The Llyn Brianne dam is 12 miles (19 km) to the North located in rugged and impressive countryside. On the picturesque journey to the dam via Rhandirmwyn, visitors also pass the site of Twm Sion Cati's Cave. The walk along the river and in the woods are impressive and unspoilt.



Llandovery Library from the Market Square

Dinefwr Craft Center

Dinefwr Craft Centre in Llandovery picture

Llandovery / Llanymddyfri

This town is well placed as a base for the west of the National Park and Fforest Fawr Geopark on the beautiful Heart of Wales railway line.
Llandovery means ‘church among the waters' and it is true Llandovery is surrounded by three rivers, the Towy, the Bran, and the Gwydderig.
It is a market town that still has a medieval feel to it, and is steeped in a very mixed history. Once a major drovers' town, imagine 30,000 cattle crammed into the streets on their way to London.

Ebenezer Baptist Chapel, Llandovery


Baptist chapel of 1844 renewed in 1884-5 by George Morgan of Carmarthen and extended in 1905. Set back from road in long forecourt aligned with Orchard Street. The congregation was formed in the early C19, noted by Titus Lewis in 1811, probably meeting in a house in Stone Street from 1817. The chapel was subordinate to Cwmsarnddu chapel, Cilycwm.

Interior with 3-sided gallery of 1884 fronted in continuous double-curved cast-iron work in a neo-rococo style, presumably by Macfarlane of Glasgow, as 7 cast-iron columns with scrolled caps are a Macfarlane design. Gallery curves at ends and has quadrant-curved projection of 1905 where gallery front joins pulpit wall. Columns are set back with brackets under moulded wood cornice beneath iron frontal. Pews in 3 blocks, outer ones canted. Entrance lobby has coloured glass 2-light leaded Gothic window to chapel and 2 double panelled doors. End wall has timber pulpit with canted corners and Gothic cusped arches with column shafts, and Gothic matching balustrades to side steps. Three-sided open-backed set fawr. Arched organ loft behind pulpit with panelled and balustraded front but no organ. Chapel has flat ceiling with small cornice and ornate rose with spiral leaves encircled by triple mouldings of 2 types of scroll and linked fleurs-de-lys to outer circle.

Chapel, roughcast gable front with painted stucco details and fretwork bargeboards. Raised string across pedimental gable, raised quoins. Two long arched windows each with early C20 leaded glazing, in 2-light tracery with roundel presumably of 1884. Centre C20 double doors in stucco frame of pilasters, moulded arch and keystone. Georgian Gothic tracery to fanlight of 1844, presumably the form of glazing originally in windows. Rectangular plaque in moulded frame 'Ebenezer Baptist Chapel erected in the year 1844'.
Left side is slate-hung for 2-thirds of length with another long arched window and then rubble stone (probable addition of 1905) with red brick dressings and another arched window. Right side is all roughcast with 2 arched long windows. Earlier C20 rubble stone rear addition on NE corner with S end 6-panel door and overlight in red brick surround. Arched E side window with similar tracery and leaded glass to main chapel windows. N broad gable with 2 leaded cross windows. Rear of chapel has lean-to above right roof slope of NE addition.


Williams Pantycelyn Memorial Chapel (CM), Llandovery

Teitl Cymraeg/Welsh title: Capel (MC) Coffa Williams Pantycelyn, Llanymddyfri
Ffotograffydd/Photographer: John Thomas (1838-1905)
Dyddiad/Date: [ca. 1885]
Cyfrwng/Medium: Negydd gwydr / Glass negative
Maint/Dimensions: 215 x 165 mm.
Cyfeiriad/Reference: jtf069
Rhif cofnod / Record no.: 3361743