"LLAN GEFELACH, in the Cwmwd of Derfedd, Cantref of Ffiniog (now called the Hundred of Llan Gefelach), Co. of GLAMORGAN, South Wales: a V., valued in the King's Books at £9..14..9 1/2: Patron, The Bishop of St. David's: Church ded. to St. Cyfelach. The Resident Population of this Parish, in 1801, (containing the Hamlets of Blaenegel, Cae Gerwyn, Clâs Higher, Clâs Lower, Mawr Higher, Mawr Lower, Pen Derw Higher, Pen Derw Lower, Rhwng dwy Clydach Higher, and Rhwng dwy Clydach Lower) was 4944. The Money raised by the Parish Rates, in 1803, was £982.19.0.
It is 5m. N. b. W. from Swansea. The Impropriation of this Benefice is in The Lord Bishop of St. David's, as Dean of the College of Brecknock; he is also Lord of the Manor, and holds two Courts here annually. The Vicarage is endowed with the small Tythes. This is a very extensive Parish, containing nearly 10,000 acres of Land. It is rather a singular circumstance, that the present Curate is both Curate and Clerk of the Parish. As the Salary of the Clerk amounts to about £100. per annum, and the nomination being with the Vicar, the Father of the present Curate, he nominated his Son (The Rev. William Davies), who afterwards became Curate. He appoints a person to perform the common offices of a Clerk, for which he receives the fees; but the Curate receives the bulk of the Salary, which arises from Easter Offerings." (From: A Topographical Dictionary of The Dominion of Wales by Nicholas Carlisle, London, 1811)



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



The Glamorgan Family History Society have produced a set of microfiche containing Monumental Inscriptions for the following burial grounds :-

  • Parish Church of St. David & St. Cyfelach
  • Baran Independent Chapel.


Glamorgan Family History Society have produced transcriptions /indexes for various census years



There are more than 30 churches identified in this place. Please click here for a complete list.

Church History

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

See John Ball's site Welsh Churches and Chapels Collection for a photograph/data re St. David & St. Cyfelach

See Cwmgors/Gwauncaegurwen for a history database of some of this parish's chapels and churches - Now included here

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for photographs of various churches/chapels in this parish

Rees, T & J Thomas. Hanes Eglwysi Annibynol Cymru (History of Welsh Independent Churches) Vol 2, 1872; pages 94-95. This extract (in Welsh) is by Darris Williams and relates to Pantycrwys near Cwmclydach in the parish of Llangyfelach

Baran chapel items

Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site

  • Gellionnen Chapel

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. David & St. Cyfelach, is in the Benefice of Llangyfelach, and Diocese of Swansea and Brecon. Details of the present incumbent of this benefice can be found at the Church in Wales website. The church can be located at grid reference SS646989.

A transcription of the registers is available from the Glamorgan Family History Society for the years: Baptisms, 1686-1905, Marriages, 1693-1837, Burials, 1686-1863. Visit their website for information on how to purchase

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
BaptismsMarriagesBurialsBannsBishops Transcripts
1693-1798, 1802-19051693-1797, 1754-19311693-1797, 1802-18121845-19251682-1683, 1686-1687, 1693, 1697, 1700-1701, 1707, 1710, 1712-1713, 1716, 1727-1780, 1782-1790, 1792-1800, 1802-1803, 1805-1807, 1809-1853
(At the National Library of Wales)

Held at West Glamorgan Archives, Swansea






1693-1787, 1802-1958

1693-1787,1802-1812,1754-1990, 1995-2002

1693-1797, 1813-1968

1847-1941, 1957-1988

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

  • Llangyfelach Ecclesiastical Parish Records    "Registers (including service and banns registers) 1693-1997; churchwardens' accounts 1799-1858; PCC and Vestry minutes 1867-1990; tithe records 1842-1930; Overseers' minutes 1784-1802; church history 1920; miscellaneous records 1749-1966."

Modern Parishes & Chapels of Ease :-

Members of Gellionnen Presbyterian Chapel Llangafelach.  Jan 1st 1767. A list compiled by Phil Roderick 2002

The following Religious Institutions are covered in the Mormon International Genealogical Index (IGI) :-

  • Llangyfelach, Libanus Independent - Christenings, 1807-1837
  • Llangyfelach, Bethel Calvinistic Methodist - Christenings, 1811-1837
  • Llangyfelach, Hebron Independent - Christenings, 1808-1837
  • Llangyfelach, Mynydd Bach Independent - Christenings, 1779-1781

Civil Registration

Although the main source of this data is on the UKBMD site here is clarification as to which registration districts (RD)  parts of Llangyfelach parish were in at various times
The 4 sub sections of the parish itself can be viewed on the Kain/Oliver parish map

  • Clase - Always in Swansea RD
  • Penderry - Always in Swansea RD
  • Mawr

In Swansea RD to 1875
Then in Pontardawe RD to 1934
Then in West Glamorgan RD

  • Rhyndwyclydach

In Swansea RD to 1875
Then in Pontardawe RD to 1934
Then in West Glamorgan RD


Description & Travel

    Llangyfelach - on Wikipedia

    You can see pictures of Llangyfelach which are provided by:



    Transcript of name listing for Swansea, from Commercial and Trade Directories, for the years:-

    1822-1823(Pigots Directory) (23k)1858-1859(Slaters Directory) (133k)

    From Kelly's South Wales Directory 1923  (ArchiveCDBooks)  - transcribed by Gareth Hicks

    • YNYSFORGAN and YNISTAWE are adjacent hamlets on the high road from Swansea to Neath; the first named is a tramway terminus : at Ynistawe are Baptist and Wesleyan chapels.
    • CWMRHYDYCEIRIW, PONTLASSIE and TIRDEUNAW are adjacent hamlets leading to Llangyfelach.
    • PENDERRY, on the Swansea and Llandilo road 1½ miles east from Gorseinon station on the London, Midland and Scottish railway, by Local Government Board Provisional Confirmation order, No. 6, dated August 8th, 1918, is now partly within the county borough of Swansea and partly in the parish of Llangyfelach and by an Order of the Local Government Board (No. Act, dated 8th August, 1918, the parish was divided between Llangyfelach and the county borough of Swansea. There are Congregational, Baptist and Calvinistic Methodist chapels. Penllergaer is the seat of Sir J Talbot Dillwyn-Llewelyn bart. D. L., J.P. who is the principal landowner. The Duke of Beaufort is lord of the manor. The soil is loam and gravel; subsoil, clay peat. The chief crops are corn, oats, barley wheat.


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

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



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

    • Rice family of Carreglwyd, Llangyfelach        "Papers of the Rice family of Garreglwyd, Llangyfelach, Glamorgan, including papers of E. Rice & Son, auctioneers and valuers."

    Historical Geography

    Some of the hamlets, towns and villages within this parish



    Penlle'r Castell,what is it ? When was it built, by who ?   Now included here

    The Colliers Arms, Craig-cefn-parc, Swansea in the 1890s. Women weren't allowed into public houses at this time. - on the People's Collection Wales site


    Land & Property

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

    • Bach-y-gwreiddyn Estate, papers   1417-1791    "Including  ........ papers relating to the assessment of rates in the hamlet of Penderry, parish of Llangyfelach, 1658-1745; papers relating to Richard Prichard's tenure of office as Chief Constable for the Hundred of Llangyfelach, 1600s-1719........"  
    • Glynmeirch Estate     "Title deeds of the Glynmeirch Estate, Llangyfelach 1716-1905; legal papers relating to the settlement of estates of Isaac and Gwenllian Jones 1868-1920; plans and papers relating to building development in Pontardawe 1912-1914;............................"
    • Penderry Estate Collection, papers     1641-1830    "The collection relates to the Morgan family and the Penderry estate, in the parish of Llangyfelach and litigation over the estate in the early nineteenth century. ....................................."  


    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



    Parish map (Kain/Oliver)

    You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN660027 (Lat/Lon: 51.707035, -3.941431), Llangyfelach which are provided by:


    Names, Geographical

    Places, villages, farms etc within Llangyfelach parish 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 John Ball)

    • Mawr [4] - Blaen-myddfai, Blaen-nant-ddu, Blaen-yr-olchfa, Bryncyffan, Bwllfa-isaf, Coynant, Craig-cefn-parc, Cwrt-mawr, Cynghordy, Daren-fawr, Fagwyr, Felindre, Garnswllt, Gelli-feddan, Gelli-gwm, Gerdinen, Gilfach, Llwyn-y-domen, Pant-y-fallen, Pen-twyn mawr, Pen-y-cwar, Pen-y-gors, Pentre-tân, Rhos-fawr, Rhyd-y-gelli-fawr, Rhyd-y-pandy, Swansea Water Works, Tair-onen, Twyn, Twyn-tyle, Tyle-coch, Ynys-towlog, Ynys-ger-gathan, Ysgiach
    • Penderry [5] - Blaen-y-maes, Bryn Dafydd, Bryn rhos, Cadle, Cefn-cadle, Cefn-fforest-fach, Cefn-fforest-fawr, Cil-fwnwr, Fforest-fach, Fforest-newydd, Gelli gynore, Gelli-Organ, Gelli-wern-fawr, Glan Lliw, Glyn siling, Home Farm, Llewitha Bridge, Llwyn Cadwgan, Llys-nini, Melin Llan, Mynydd newydd Colliery, Parc-mawr, Pen-filia, Penllergaer, Pen-plas, Tir-dwncyn, Tredegar, Tyle-du, Ty'rheol, Treboeth, Waun-gran
    • Clase [6] - Abergelli, Bryn-whilach, Bwllfa, Cefn-betingau, Cefn-felindre, Clase House, Craig Trewyddfa, Cwm-rhyd-y-ceirw, Dorglwyd, Gelli-wastad, Glyn-collen, Gors-llan, Heol-ddu, Landore, Llangyfelach, Llewelyn Park, Maes gwernen Hall, Morriston, Mynydd-bach, Pant-lasau, Pen-y-bont, Pen-y-fedw, Pen-y-waun-fach, Pentre Poeth, Plas Marl, Rhydypandy, Tirdeunaw, Waun Ffyrdd, Wernfadog, Ynys-forgan
    • Rhyndwyclydach [7] - Allt-y-fanog, Bryn-chwyth, Bryn Mawr, Cathelyd-ganol, Cathelyd-uchaf, Clydach, Craig-cefn-parc, Craig-trebanos Colliery, Craig-y-Duke, Gelli-gron, Gelli-luog, Gelli-onen, Glyn-coch, Glyn-eithron-isaf, Llechart, Llwyn-Ifan, Lygos, Nant-melyn, Nant-moel, Nant-y-capel, Penlanau, Penlle'r Castell, Pen-y-banc, Pontardawe, Pwllau-Watkin, Rhyd-y-gwin, Spa House, Tresgyrch, Ty'r-waun, Vardre, Ynys-penllwch




    Clydach Merthyr Colliery, Craig-cefn-parc on the Welsh Coal Mines site


    Public Records

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

    • Llangyfelach Parish Council and Mawr Parish Council Records     "Records relating to Llangyfelach Parish Council and Mawr Parish and Community Councils, 1809-1980, including Llangyfelach Parish Council records consisting of minutes, 1894-1930; Overseers' accounts, 1809-1894; Highway Surveyor's records, 1812-1894; rate books, 1844-1892; orders and notices of removal, 1846; Highway rate books for Mawr Division, 1826-1878; Mawr Parish Council and Community Council records consisting of minutes, 1894-1978; correspondence, 1895-1915; rate books, 1826-1925; financial records, 1916-1966; councillors' declarations of acceptance, 1961-1980; plans, 1913."


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

    • Llangyfelach School              "Log books of Llangyfelach School, 1880-1921."
    • Craigcefnparc School Records                 ".... including log books, 1869-1983; admission register, 1962-1993"
    • Penlan Comprehensive School, Swansea, records         "...........opened in 1956 and closed in 2001. The school produced Penlan Comprehensive School: souvenir brochure 1956-2001 to mark the closing of the school."