The Parish of Llan-llwch

We are a small parish in West Wales.

About the church


St Mary’s/St Luke’s Parish Church was originally a chapel attached to St Peter’s Church and, like St. Peter’s was conferred on the Priory of St. John the Evangelist at Carmarthen in the early Middle Ages. Little is known of the church’s history, but its original tower, probably dating from the fifteenth century, still remains standing, although the rest of the church has undergone much restoration. In his visitation of 1710 Archdeacon Tension reported the roof of St. Mary’s to be ‘intirely destroy’d’ and the edifice to be ‘disgus’d’.

The Vaughans of Derllys were closely associated with the church and were generous benefactors. One of the monuments in the church is in memory of John Vaughan of Court Derllys (Died 1722) who in his lifetime contributed largely towards the building of this chapel, and industriously promoted the same charitable disposition in others. The church was restored again in 1862 and 1865 when eisteddfodau in aid of the restoration fund were held in Carmarthen’s market place.

Two marble monuments placed on the wall behind the front pew commemorate various members of the ancient Edwardes family of Rhyd-y-gors, whose remains are interred beneath, in their family vault. The earlier Edwardes monument dates back to 1786, when Thomas Edwardes, Second Son of Admiral David Edwardes RN, was laid to rest here. The monument was erected by his sister, Charlotte Maria Picton (nee Edwardes), the sister-in-law of Lieutenant-General Sir Thomas Picton GCB (1758-1815), of Iscoed.

Service Times

First Sunday
10.30am, Holy Communion
Second Sunday
8.00am, Holy Communion
10.30am, Morning Prayer
Third Sunday
10.30am, Holy Communion
Fourth Sunday
8.00am, Holy Communion
10.30am, Cymun Bendigaid
Fifth Sunday
10.30am, Parish Communion – Please contact Vicar or Church Warden

Other Services

2nd Tuesday 7.15pm Mother’s Union – Please contact Branch leader/Vicar

Opening Times

The Church can be opened with prior notice by contacting the Vicar or Church Wardens. The Church Hall can be hired for meetings and small functions.

Public Transport


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