"LLAN MADOG, in the Cwmwd of Gwyr, Cantref of Eginog (now called the Hundred of Swansea), County of GLAMORGAN, South Wales: a Rectory, valued in the King's Books at £9.: Patron, The Prince of Wales: Church dedicated to St. Madog. The Resident Population of this Parish, in 1801, was 171. The Money raised by the Parish Rates, in 1803, was £21..12..4, at 2s. 2d. in the pound. It is 14 m. W. b. S. from Swansea. This Parish contains about seven or eight hundred acres of inclosed and cultivated Land; and about three hundred acres uninclosed and uncultivated. It is situate upon Burry Harbour; and Llan Madog Hill is a well known Beacon to Mariners; upon which are the remains of a Roman Encampment. According to the Diocesan Report, in 1809, the yearly value of this Benefice, arising from Glebe, Tythes, and Surplice Fees, was £124..4..6." 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. Madoc

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


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. Madoc, is in the Benefice of Llanrhidian with Llanmadoc and Cheriton, and the 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 SS439934.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
BaptismsMarriagesBurialsBannsBishops Transcripts
1724-18121724-1757, 1813-18371724-1812-1672, 1683, 1690, 1700-1701, 1704, 1707-1708, 1710, 1712-1713, 1725, 1727-1743, 1745-1776, 1778-1797, 1799-1800, 1802-1803, 1805-1806, 1808-1817, 1819-1820, 1822-1835, 1839-1882, 1885, 1887-1896, 1898-1905, 1908-1910

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

  • Llanmadoc, St. Madoc - Christenings (BT's), 1814-1875

Description & Travel

    Aerial photograph of the Bulwark Iron Age Hill Fort, Llanmadoc 1988/91 - on the People's Collection Wales site

    You can see pictures of Llanmadoc which are provided by:



    Transcript of complete name listing for the Gower parishes, from Slaters Directory for 1880.



    The transcription of the section for Llanmadog 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

    • Berges Island
    • Broughton Bay
    • Froglane

    Land & Property

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

    • Llanmadoc tithe plan and apportionment 1845


    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 SS437945 (Lat/Lon: 51.627791, -4.260163), Llanmadoc which are provided by:


    Names, Geographical

    Places, villages, farms etc within Llanmadoc 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 Mary Greatorex)

    • Llanmadoc (32): Berges island, Broughton Bay, Cwm Ivy, Cwm Ivy Marsh, Great Plain, Hills, Hills Tor, Llanmadoc, Llanmadog Hill, Phillistone, Prissen Tor, The Goose, Whiteford Burrows, Whiteford Point, Whiteford Sands.


    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 Cambrian 12th January 1900

    LLANMADOC. COURT MADOC SOCIAL. The Court Madoc Social was held at the  Britannia Inn, Llanmadoc on Tuesday last week. About 120 ladies and gentlemen  sat down to a capital spread provided by the proprietor, Mr W Evans. Bro. Holland  presided. A letter of apology for inability to attend was read from District Secretarry, Bro J. Matthews. The usual loyal toasts disposed of, Bro. J. Holland proposed, in very complimentary terms, the health of "Queen Victoria," and spoke of the wonderful manner in which Her Majesty bore up in such a trying time.    ....(part extract)......

    • From The Cambrian 29th April 1870

    DOINGS AT LLANMADOC. I am "doing" Gower on foot, when I get a spare day. Tuesday was one. On it, I gazed in admiration on that exquisite gem of scenery surrounding Park Mill, was delighted with the superior farming of Messrs. Barton and Barron, passed by the feet of that mangy watch-dog of the hills called Cefen Bryn, had a peep at the glorious undulations surrounding Penrice Castle, and pulled up at Reynoldstone to have a rest, and get something to recruit the wasting resources of the inner man. With this little Gower town I was rather disappointed. It is a singular place. It has one church, one chapel, one butcher's stall with lean mutton at 9½d. a pound, one policeman, and one public-house, containing one room with home-brewed beer one day old, and a drop of the craythur in a bottle. I tasted the latter, and hearing that there was, that day, a great religio-ritualistic celebration being held in the neighbourhood, I started without delay to be present on so interesting an occasion. The trysting spot was Llanmadoc Church,  and passing Fairy Hill, the charming residence of Mr. Starling Benson, I sought the companionship of the Burry, which pleasant little stream ran and glistened and rippled along with me till it had almost guided me to my destination. My walk was one of the pleasantest that I have had for a long time When I had left the parish road to enter the society of my friend, the Burry, I was brought into immediate contact with the regal glories of Llanmadoc mountain.   ....(part extract)......

    • From The South Wales Daily Post (Extra Special) 7th December 1900

    CURIOUS CUSTOM AT LLANMADOC. PIE EATING AND THE FESTIVAL OF THE PATRON SAINT. The people of Llanmadoc have just been consuming large quantities of mutton pie. They do it every year during the patronal festival in honour of St. Madoc. The Mapsant had originally both a religous and a secular aspect. In the morning the people went to church to hear Mass, and the rest of the day was kept as a holiday with much feasting and merriment. The religious character of the commemoration has been lost sight or dropped, but the revel has survived. Mrs. Gwyn of the Farmers Arms has had a  busy time of it preparing an adequate supply of these pies for her numerous customer,  ....(part extract)......

    • From the South Wales Echo (Special edition) 27th October 1894

    SHOCKING DISCOVERY AT GOWER.  On Wednesday morning the headless body of a man, much decomposed, was found on the beach at Llanmadoc. It was taken to the Farmer's Arms, where it awaits an inquest. There is nothing to identify the body.



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

    1841 - 2691851 - 2691861 - 2251871 - 1781881 - 1581891 - 154


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

    • Cheriton and Llanmadoc School log books  1904-1935     "....... established as a National School but closed in 1935"