St Tysilio parish church
Llandissilio is a village and parish in east Pembrokeshire on the A478 road between Efailwen to the north and Clunderwen to the south. A largely ribbon development along the main road, the village is surrounded by farmland. The village takes its name from Tysilio, a 7th-century Welsh saint to whom the parish church is dedicated.
A Visitation of the Archdeaconry of Carmarthen in 1710 found that of about 120 families in the parish, 40 attended church at Easter, 20 at Whitsuntide and 20 at Christmas and noted "the Minister suffers in his reputation for being addicted to drinking and swearing" and "the roof of the north side of the Chancell lies open to the wind & weather."
The population of the parish of Llandissilio West in 1801 was 281. By 1981 the population had grown to 458. In 1891, 97% were Welsh-speaking, and 75% spoke only Welsh; 10 years later those speaking only Welsh had fallen to 29%. By 1981, 70% still spoke Welsh, but only 1% were not English-speaking.
In 1831 nearly half of men over 20 years were agricultural labourers, and nearly a quarter were farmers employing them. The rest of the male population was engaged in retail or handicrafts.
Slate quarrying and corn milling were carried out in the 19th century.
Boys from Creek Road LCC School in Greenwich, were evacuated to Llandissilio during World War II (pictured). The War Memorial records the names of ten men of the parish who were killed in World War I and World War II, and the memorial was Grade II listed in 2004.
Llandissilio is situated on the Landsker Borderlands Trail, a circular waymarked long distance footpath running through Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire. The village is surrounded by farmland with deciduous trees. Near the south of the village is the source of the River Conyn which then flows south-west to meet the Eastern Cleddau.
Blaenconin Baptist Chapel is on the outskirts of the village. Waldo Williams is buried there.
The village has a post office, two pubs (The Angel and The Bush), hotel, holiday park and retail premises. Brynconin Community School educates children from 3 to 11 years.
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