Llantwit Major


"A quaint old town 4.5 miles south-west of Cowbridge on the Colhugh brook, and to the antiquary one of the most attractive places in the county. In the sixth century it was the seat of a monastry presided over by St. Illtyd, though nothing remains from Celtic times but a collection of ninth century crosses in the church, which dates from the thirteenth century and is of peculiar interest. The town possesses a medieval town hall, and the ruins of a manor house. In a neighbouring field were discovered the foundations of a Roman villa. Overlooking the shore are some earthworks [Glamorganshire, 1911]



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

References to Llantwit Major at the British Library

An on-line index to the book Llantwit Major, A History and Guide, published by Llantwit Major Local History Society [1971], has been provided by John Ottery.



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

  • Parish Church of St. Illtyd
  • Bethel Baptist Church
  • Ebenezer Congregational Church
  • Tabernacle Calvinistic Methodist Church
  • Llantwit Major Borough Cemtery

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 photographs of various churches/chapels in this parish

Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site

  • Llantwit Major St Illtyd's Church
  • Llantwit Major, Glamorganshire, ruins of a church
  • Llantwit Major Chantry Priest's House
  • Llantwit Major - Bethesda'r Fro
  • B/W group photo of children, some holding certificates, clergy & adults from Bethesda Sunday School.

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. Illtyd, and is in the Benefice of Llantwit Major. 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 SS966687.

A transcription of the registers is available from the Glamorgan Family History Society for the years: Baptisms, 1707-1900, Marriages, 1696-1837, Burials, 1721-1901. Visit their website for information on how to purchase these fiche.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
BaptismsMarriagesBurialsBannsBishops Transcripts
1721-1729, 1735-19481724-1727, 1738-1752, 1754-19901721-1729, 1738-19911754-18121721, 1723-1837
Non Conformist Registers Deposited
ChapelBaptismsMarriagesBurialsOS Map RefDeposited/
Tabernacle, Calvinistic Methodist1812-1837--SS 96736858PRO/
Bethesda Congregational1798-1837-1806-1820*
(*not at WGAS)
SS 99206909PRO/
Wesleyan Methodist1933-1976--SS 96756884GRO

GRO - Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
PRO - Public Record Office, London
WGAS - West Glamorgan Archive Service

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

  • Llantwit Major, St. Illtyd - Christenings (BT's), 1813-1870
  • Llantwit Major, Bethesda Independent, 1798-1837
  • Llantwit Major, The Tabernacle Calvinistic Methodist, 1812-1837

Description & Travel

Places, villages, farms etc within Llantwit Major 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 Glenys Travis)

  • Llantwit Major [165] - Batslays, Bedford Castle AM, Boverton Bk, Boverton Fm, Boverton, Bryn-sych, Caermead, Camp AM, CAMP, Castle Ditches AM, Claypoolway, Coastguard Sta, Col-hugh Point, Col-hugh River, Crosslands, Dimlands, Downs, Fishersbridge, Flanders, Floodgate, Froglands, Great Frampton, Great Ho (at Llantwit Major), Great Ho (at Sigingstone), Ham Ho, Leechmoor, Little Frampton, Llantwit Major, Monastery AM, Moorlands, Od Nant, Old Windmill (NE of Llantwit Major), Old Windmill (S of Llantwit Major), Old Windmill at West End, Pigeon Point, Purlon, Pwll-helyg, Rectory (at Sigingstone), Rectory (near Llanmaes), Sheeplays, Sixwells, St Athan Sta, Stout Bay, Stout Point, Summer Ho, Summerhouse Point, Tresilian Bay, Tresilian, Villa (site of), West end Town, West Orchard Castle (remains of) AM, Wilton.

Descriptions of the parish from
A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (1833) by Samuel Lewis.
A Topographical Dictionary of The Dominion of Wales by Nicholas Carlisle, London, 1811.

Llantwit Major - on Wikipedia

Conservation areas within the Vale of Glamorgan. See Llantwit Major & Boverton - "Conservation areas are areas of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance"

Various landscapes - on the People's Collection Wales site

You can see pictures of Llantwit Major which are provided by:



Transcript of complete name listing for Llantwit Major, with Llanmaes, St. Donats and neighbourhoods Slaters Directory for 1880.



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


Historical Geography

Some of the hamlets, towns and villages within this parish

  • Dimlands
  • Siginstone
  • West End Town


Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site

  • Carriage Licence (Thomas Hughes, Llantwit Major 1926)
  • B/W postcard of the Square Llantwit Major.
  • National Health Insurance Book 1912-1914
  • Llantwit Major The Town Hall
  • Llantwit Major, Horse and Cart
  • Llantwi Major - Gatehouse
  • Llantwit Major The Old Swan Inn
  • Llantwit Major Admiralty Signal Station
  • Peace celebration procession at Llantwit Major, 1919
  • Llantwit Major, Old Malt House
  • Bill of Sale for Mr Hughes for sale of three lambs at White Lion Mart Llantwit Major 1931


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



Plan of the parish of Llantwit Major in the County of Glamorgan - on the People's Collection Wales site

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SS973696 (Lat/Lon: 51.416463, -3.478289), Llantwit Major which are provided by:





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

1841 - 1,0271851 - 1,0771861 - 1,1221871 - 1,0971881 - 9921891 - 1,111

Public Records

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

  • Llantwit Major Civil Parish records      " ......... comprising highway surveyors' rate and account book, 1836-1840; tithe plan and aportionment, c1840; extracts from tithe apportionment, 1845; terriers, 1721-1771; The Overseer's Guide, c1850"


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

  • Llantwit Major School Board records       " .... minute books, 1872-1903"

Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site

  • B/W photo of children walking in the Llantwit Junior School Centenary march
  • Llantwit Major The Old School - celebration
  • Llantwit Major The Old School - classroom