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Abergwili, Carmarthenshire

Historical Description

Abergwilly or Abergwili, a village and a parish in the district and county of Carmarthen. The village stands at the confluence of the Gwili with the Towy, 1½ mile NE of Carmarthen. It has a station on the Central Wales and Carmarthen Junction of the L. & N.W.R., and a post office (R.S.O.) under Carmarthen. Cattle fairs are held on 4 May and 2 and 27 Oct. The palace of the Bishop of St David's, an edifice in the Tudor style, is adjacent. Merlin's Hill, an eminence on the side of a dell, nearly 1½ mile above the village, is said to have been the birthplace and the favourite haunt of the sorcerer Merlin, and a rocky cavity near its summit still bears the name of Merlin's Chair. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of St David's —, net value, £340, including the proceeds of the curacy of Llanfihangel. Patron, the Bishop of St David's. The present church is a handsome edifice in the Early English style, with a spire. A small sub-parochial church stands at Llanfihangel-Uwchgwilly, and is served by a perpetual curate. A new church was erected in 1888 at a cost of £1300, on the site of an old pre-Reformation chapel, and is called Capel-y-groes, the Church of the Holy Cross. There are Congregational, Baptist, and Calvinistic Methodist chapels. Acreage, 8395; population, 1640.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyCarmarthenshire 
County Court districtCarmarthen 
DioceseSt. Davids 
Petty-Sessional DivisionCarmarthen 
Poor Law unionCarmarthen 
Registration districtCarmarthen1837 - 1974
Rural DeaneryCarmarthen 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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CountySir Gaerfyrddin - Carmarthenshire
Postal districtSA31
Post TownCarmarthen