Llansadwrn old map

History of Llansadwrn

Llansadwrn is an ancient parish, with a medieval Church, parts of which may date back to the C13th. There are references to the village of Llansadwrn going back to 1324 (please see below) and even to Roman times and beyond!

Snippets from the Past

W. Llewellyn Williams [1868-1922] was a native of Llansadwrn, educated at Llandovery and Brasenose College, Oxford. He was called to the bar but divided his interests between law and journalism. He was an active member of the bardic Gorsedd, among his books was “The Making of Modern Wales” written in 1919

In 1807 the first Enclosure Act affecting Carmarthenshire was passed. It was inevitably the poor, the cottager, and the occupier entitled to rights of common, who suffered most being deprived of their immemorial rights to fuel and pasturage leading to the large scale giving up of small holdings and emigration to the towns or industrial valleys. Occasionally, as at Llansadwrn, a small portion of land was left open to all proprietors and their tenants so they might get fuel.

Roman remains

It is thought that a road joining the Roman forts of Llandovery and Carmarthen existed and there is this reference to it ; “it appears in the brickfield near Admiral Foley’s [ i.e Abermarlais in the parish of Llansadwrn].”

Also at Abermarlais Park , Llansadwrn a Roman gold ring with intaglio was “found during draining operations …about a foot below the surface” Archaeologia Cambrensis 1864.

Prehistoric and Roman Times

List of Carmarthenshire Megaliths
The schedule of standing stones includes; ” Maen Cilau, Abermarlais, Llansadwrn.”

Manor of Llansadwrn

Ednyfed Fychan was chief counsellor to the princes of Gwynedd, he was in particular the right hand man of Llywelyn the Great; he married a daughter of Lord Rhys and became lord of the manor of Llansadwrn where in 1229 he received the special protection of the crown .

Rhys ap Gruffydd was the son of Hywel ap Gruffydd ap Ednyfed Fychan, Rhys was steward of Cardiganshire in 1309 and , for loyal service to the English crown, in 1324 received confirmation of his possession of Llansadwrn.

The above snippets are taken from :


Other online reference sources include:

Carmarthen Archive Service Llansadwrn Parish Council records http://www.archiveswales.org.uk/anw/get_collection.php?inst_id=30&coll_id=1590&expand=

A Topographical Dictionary of Wales http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=47856#s8

Vision of Britain