"BAGLAN, in the Cwmwd of Rhwng Nedd ac Afan, Cantref of Cron Nedd (now called the Hundred of Neath), County of GLAMORGAN, South Wales: a Curacy, not in charge, to the Vicarage of Aber Afan: Patron, Lord Vernon: Church dedicated to St. Baglan. The Resident Population of this Parish, in 1801, was 251. The Money raised by the Parish Rates, in 1803, was £121..19..2 1/2. It is 4 m. S.b.E. from Neath. According to the Diocesan Report, in 1809, the yearly value of this Benefice, arising from Tythes, and Augmentation, was £52. This Parish contains about 3000 acres of land; of which, 2200 acres are inclosed and cultivated, and the remainder is Common. The Right Honourable Lord Vernon is the principal Proprietor. Near the Church is a Well, which is famous for curing ricketty Children; but, according to the vulgar opinion, only on the first three Thursdays in May."
From: A Topographical Dictionary of The Dominion of Wales by Nicholas Carlisle, London, 1811.


Archives & Libraries



Here is a substantial reading list of books which relate to Glamorgan, either county or parish.

References to Baglan at the British Library


Business & Commerce Records

Various items  - on People's Collection Wales

  • BP Chemicals 

Church History

Chapels Database  - a  list of all known non-conformist chapels or other non-Anglican religions in the parish

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph of the old St Baglan Church (St Mary's?)

See John Ball's site Welsh Churches and Chapels Collection for a photograph/data re St Baglan's Church

Images and History of the churches of St. Baglan and St. Catherine, Baglan, by Brian Wagstaffe

Various items - on People's Collection Wales

  • St Baglan's Church, Baglan - Photo taken before the 1954 fire showing the old box pews and wall plaques  
  • Baglan - St Catharine's Church

Church Records

For full and up-to-date details of their holdings see the sites of Glamorgan Record Office and/or West Glamorgan Archives

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on  FreeReg

The church is dedicated to St. Catherine, is in the Benefice of Baglan, and Diocese of Llandaff. Details of the present incumbent of this benefice can be found at the Church in Wales website. The church can be found at grid reference SS753929.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
BaptismsMarriagesBurialsBannsBishops Transcripts
1769-18741769-19231769-19041823-18441721, 1723-1837

Modern Parishes & Chapels of Ease :-

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

  • Baglan Ecclesiastical Parish records    " ............. The church of St. Catharine was erected in 1882 on the site of the old church."      "Ecclesiastical Parish records including registers of baptisms, 1769-1874; marriages, 1769-1923; burials, 1769-1904; banns, 1824-1930; services, 1907-1930; records relating to churchwardens, 1925-c1930; miscellaneous and civil records, 1732-1935"

Description & Travel

Baglan - on Wikipedia

Various landscapes  - on People's Collection Wales

You can see pictures of Baglan which are provided by:



The transcription of the section for Baglan from The National Gazetteer (1868) provided by Colin Hinson.

Description of parish from   A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (1833) by Samuel Lewis.


Historical Geography

Some of the hamlets, towns and villages within this parish

  • Abergwenffrwd

Land & Property

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

  • Llewellyn of Baglan and Court Colman papers   1713-1972      "The Llewelyn family descended from Llewelyn Evan (d 1757), who married Eleanor, daughter of Evan Davies, of Pentre, Ystradyfodwg, Glamorgan. His son, Hopkin Llewelyn (1727-1811), of Brombil, Margam, and Pentre, became the estate agent of the Margam estate in 1765. Hopkin's eldest son, Griffith, married Catherine Jones, heiress of Baglan Hall.........................."  
  • Baglan Hall Estate, papers  1799-1944    "The Baglan Hall Estate consisted mainly of properties in Baglan and Aberavon parishes, and was held during the middle part of the 19th century by the Llewellyn family. ............................."


This diagram shows the position of this parish within the county of Glamorgan - click on this to see a full size diagram of the county



Map of the parish of Baglan in the County of Glamorgan  - on People's Collection Wales

Parish map (Kain/Oliver)

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SS777950 (Lat/Lon: 51.640269, -3.768267), Baglan which are provided by:


Names, Geographical

Places, villages, farms etc within Baglan  as shown on the online parish map from the CD of   Historic Parishes of England and Wales: an Electronic Map of Boundaries before 1850 with a Gazetteer and Metadata [computer file]. (Kain, R.J.P., Oliver, R.R.). (Extracted by Gareth Hicks)

  • Baglan Lower (46); Baglan (village); Baglan Bay; Baglan Burrows; Baglan Moors; Blaen Pelenna; Bwlch; Camp; Coed-y-parc; Cwm Baglan; GWR; Mynydd Dinas; Mynydd Gaer; Pant-yr-arian; R.Ranges; Tycanol; Tyle'r-fedwen; Witford Point;
  • Baglan Higher (47); Blaenavon; Cerig Llwydion; Colliery; Cwm Blaen Pelenna;  Efail-fach; GWR; Gelli-gaer-fawr; Hawdref-fawr; Hawdref-ganol; Isle of Wight; Lantwit Merthyr Colliery; Mynydd Blaenavon; Nant Blaen Pelenna; Pelenna River ?; Ton-mawr; Ton-y-grugos


There are many references to this area in the 15 million Welsh and English language articles from Welsh newspapers transcribed by the NLW and viewable on Welsh Newspapers Online
Below are English language articles that have been re-transcribed and extracted randomly to illustrate what is available, there are many that are not extracted here that include names of local people

  •  From the Herald of Wales and Monmouthshire Recorder 4th September 1915

 BAGLAN. In connection with the auxiliary hospital at Baglan Hall, the matron wishes to acknowledge the following gifts, kindly sent for the benefit of the wounded soldiers recuperating there; Mrs. Havard, books and magazines; Miss Connor, cigarettes; Mr and Mrs Mrs. Lipscomb, cigarettes and papers; Mr. and Mrs. W. Llewelyn, dressing gown Mr. and Mrs. G. D. LoveLock, bath chair; Miss R. Llewelyn, eggs and cake; Miss Talbot, puzzles; Mrs. Lewis, eggs; Sunday School boy, eggs; Irene and Leonard Nash, eggs, fruit and cigarettes; Hilda Scriven, eggs, fruit and cigarettes; Mrs. Nash, chocolate and fruit; Miss Savours, cakes; Mrs. Taylor, fruit and cigarettes;, Miss Hill, cakes; Mrs. Mills, fruit; Miss Loveluck and Miss Elton, fruit; Mrs. W. L. David, cake: Miss Robert (Port Talbot), fruit and eggs; Mrs. and Miss Roberts (Briton- ferry), fruit and eggs. Weekly gifts have been promised by the following; Miss Talbot, vegetables; Mrs. Howard, eggs; Mrs. W. Llewelyn (Court Colman), vegetables and fruit; Mrs. Hallowes, eggs; Mrs. L. A. Williams, cigarettes and magazines; Mr. E. O'Sullivun, cigarettes and magazines; Mr. Gerald O/Sullivan. cigarettes and magazines; Mr. George O'Sullivan, cigarettes and magazines: Mr. and Mrs. Marchant Jenkins, cigarettes and magazines: Mr. and Mrs. G. D. Loveluck, papers (daily).

  • From the  Herald of Wales and Monmouthshire Recorder 1st August 1914  

BAGLAN. On Saturday the scholars attending the Council Schools, Baglan, were taken for their annual outing. Starting early in the morning, accompanied hy the head- mistress (Mrs. Finch), Miss Jenkins (assistant mistress), and many of their parents, the youngsters were taken by brakes to the Mumbles

  •  From the South Wales Daily News 21st June 1887

BAGLAN. The aged poor of this village were on Monday presented with a supply of provisions, together with 5s each, subscribed for by gentlemen of the neighbourhood.

  •  From the Weekly Mail 11th March 1882

ST. CATHERINE'S CHURCH, BAGLAN. CONSECRATION SERVICE. This new church was consecrated on Tuesday by the Right Rev. the Lord Bishop of the Diocese, assisted by the Ven. the Archdeacon of Llandaff and a large number of the clergy.  ...(part extract)....

  •  From the South Wales Daily News 1st October 1887

STOPPAGE OF BAGLAN COLLIERY. The Park Colliery, Baglan, was stopped on Thursday, and the rails were taken up yesterday. The chief cause of the stoppage is said to be the heaviness of the royalties.



The Population of Baglan was as follows, and a more detailed breakdown is available.

1841 - 5481851 - 5581861 - 7151871 - 6211881 - 6721891 - 624

Public Records

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

  • Baglan Higher Parish Council, Baglan Higher Community Council and Pelenna Community Council Records  1784-1992   " .............including Baglan tithe plan and apportionment, 1846;.................... records relating to the Local Boundary Commission for Wales, 1979-1981; ................; invoices and receipts concerning the South Wales Electricity Board, 1956-1957; records relating to playing fields, 1958-1990; records relating to Pontrhydyfen Community Centre, 1961-1986; records relating to Neath Borough Council, 1961."


Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

  • Baglan School Records      "Records of Baglan School, 1865-1949, including log books, 1865-1949; manager's minutes, 1904-1930"  
  • Glamorganshire Reformatory School Records  1891-1984     "Glamorganshire Reformatory School was established at Hawdref Ganol, Baglan, near Neath, in March 1858. In 1875 it was moved to Ty Segur, Neath,..................."