Local History

Appeal for help to discover family tree from Joyce Jones, Australia.

DAVIES William

The photo (Please click to enlarge) is a copy of a post card that was given to me many years ago by a descendant of the Davies Family. There is a Neath post mark in the corner of the picture but I don’t know anything about the shop (it could be in Neath). The information that I have on the family is as follows: Evan Davies (b.c1832) married Mary Rees 24 October 1856 (proven) in Llanwrda; Mary (nee Rees) died 12 March 1876 also in Llanwrda. Children of this couple were: David (I have a photo of him in an Army uniform with his wife and child. He was supposed to have joined the Royal Welsh Guards), Rees (b.1859), John, Thomas, Anne (my grandmother-proven by birth certificate), Mary. Evan, Benjamin & William all of whom were born, according to census records, in Llanwrda.
Evan Snr. then married Jane Lewis 24 February 1877 in Llandovery (proven). Children born to this couple were: Letitia, Sarah, who married Joseph Williams. She died in 1978 and is buried at Tallaris near Llandilo; Jane Agnes (k/a Jane), Daniel, Caroline who married in 1910 to William P Thomas – Carline died c1982 and is buried at Tallaris; Albert Wyndam (Windon) – he died and was cremated in 1957 in Canada but his ashes were brought back to Wales and buried at Tallaris. Evan Snr. died in 1914 and is also buried at Tallaris. His father David, was a farmer.

Any help would be very much appreciated. I don’t know which is worse – looking for Davies or Lewis (my Dad’s family) or Jones (my husband’s family) but I did finally find Grandfather Lewis’ death after he went back to Wales and this took me 30 years of searching so I think I have achieved something.


1872 map of Llanwrda

If you have any old photos of the village and wider parish, or stories and legends from the past we will welcome your contributions!


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Cloth Hall Llanwrda

Bridgend Garage early days

Bridgend Garage

School photo 1894

Bishops mill (now demolished) and the Davies family

The Old Dulais Bridge

Back of Bridgend Garage by River Dulais

Mill Wheel in the former woollen mill factory in Station Road

Llanwrda Square flood October 1987

Cabinet Works Aqueduct over the River Dulais

Dresser from the Cabinet Works, Llanwrda


Llanwrda Square

1987 flood at waterfall

Looking from Bridgend Garage 18th October 1987

The P & D

Old Station Road

The river Dulais

Neuadd Fawr

Mail Road

Llanwrda Shop

Llanwrda School House

Llanwrda Hall

Llanwrda flood

Llanwrda Church

Llanwrda By-pass 1946

Llanwrda By-pass

P & D

Pentremeurig Fields

Pentremeurig Map

Post Office

Royal Oak in thatch

Royal Oak at later date

School plans

Water Wheel


Although certainly medieval in origin, St Cwrdaf  may be pre-Norman conquest.

It is a Grade 2 listed building. Originally the graveyard was circular.  It was rebuilt in 1812 and restored in 1870. New windows were added in the 1870s and more extensive alterations were carried out in 1893-5. The lych gate (also listed) was added in 1903.


Tabor chapel, the chapel house and the stable were erected in 1792 by Mr Thomas Jones, Bwlchgwynt on land from Cefnbennydd Farm. The plot of land, together with the garden and burial ground was donated by Thomas Jones as a gift so long as water flowed in the river Towy.

Tabor Chapel

The landlady of one of the historic pubs in Llanwrda

Mrs Price – the landlady of the Three Horseshoes Inn Llanwrda (1900)


First Railway timetable. Llanwrda appears as ‘Lampeter Road’

The Old Station at Llanwrda

This was originally built by the Vale of Towy railway in 1858 as Lampeter Road station. The line was leased by Llanelli Docks and Railway Company for 10 years, then by the Great Western Railway. After 1868 the line linked with the LNWR at Llandovery. This eventually became the Central Wales Railway, now known as the Heart of Wales Railway (Swansea to Shrewsbury).

(P. Berry – ‘Llanwrda Portrait of a Village.’ pub 1999.)

Loading a cart in the Llanwrda Goods shed

The Level Crossing gates Llanwrda

The Llanwrda School Train

Llanwrda Station

‘Double header’ steam train stops at Llanwrda Station

Diverted Freight train approaches Llanwrda 1996

Llanwrda Station

VIA JULIA – Roman Road Llanwrda.

Via Julia intersects the modern A40 outside Llanwrda

Part of the Via Julia crosses the road to the station by Pentre Meurig Farm.
(You can just see the faint straight white line to the left of the A40  in the fields.)
(RCAHMW Aerial photograph of a segment of the Tywi Valley Roman Road south of Llanwrda, taken on 02/07/1992 by CR Musson)

VIA JULIA, an ancient Roman road in Somerset, Gloucester, Monmouth, and South Wales. It was made by the proprætor Julius Frontinus, the Roman conqueror of South Wales; it goes from Bath north-westward to Aust ferry; was there connected with the opposite bank by a ferry; goes thence westward, past Caerwent, to Caerleon; proceeds thence, under the name of Via Julia Maritima, past Ewenny, Neath, and Loughor, to Carmarthen; sends off a branch from Neath, north-eastward, to Brecon; and deflects from Carmarthen, in a line called Via Julia Montana, up the valley of the Towy, to Brecon, Abergavenny, and Usk.’

(John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72)

BBC ‘World War 2 The Peoples War’ (2005) (link)

A nice account of a lady evacuated to Llanwrda during World War Two. She stayed at the Post Office and attended Llanwrda School. I am sure some of our older residents will remember the corrugated tin shed next to the post office where the evacuees ate lunch? or the pot-bellied stove in the school? The nearby POW camp? or even Miss Joliffe the Schoolteacher? And how about the ‘Victory Handkerchief’ made by the Children?

Llanwrda School ‘Victory Hankerchief’ 1945

General history of Llanwrda area.


GENUKI – Records and historic information relating to Llanwrda.