Open a form to report problems or contribute information

1 Introduction 2 Message details 3 Upload file 4 Submitted

Help and advice for Penderyn

If you have found a problem on this page then please report it on the following form. We will then do our best to fix it. If you are wanting advice then the best place to ask is on the area's specific email lists. All the information that we have is in the web pages, so please do not ask us to supply something that is not there. We are not able to offer a research service.

If you wish to report a problem, or contribute information, then do use the following form to tell us about it.


"PENDERYN, a parish in the hundred of Devynnock, county Brecon, 8 miles N.W. of Merthyr Tydfil, and 16 from Brecon, its post town. It is situated between the rivers Taff and Hepste, and contains Crawshay's Hirwaen ironworks. On the common Rys-ap-Tewdwr was killed. A tram rail runs down to Aberdare. The living is a rectory in the diocese of St. David's, value £235. The church is dedicated to St. Cynog. A short distance from Craig-y-Dinas is the Hepste fall." [Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]



Davies, David. Hanes plwyf Penderyn. Aberdar : Jenkin Howell, 1905. 165p

Davies, David. Hanes plwyf Penderyn (History of Penderyn parish). 2nd ed. Aberdar : Pugh a Rowlands, 1924. 189p

In and around Penderyn : two short walks exploring the history and nature around the village. Penderyn : Penderyn Historical Society, 1998. 1 sheet

John, Deric  Cynon Valley Place-names   Gwasg Carreg Gwalch (Mar. 1998)

Jones, E L. Spotlights on Welsh church history : with special reference to the parish of Penderyn. Penderyn : Penderyn Historical and Cultural Society, 1998. 55p

Selwood, Ann M. The Games family of Bodwigiad, Penderyn, Breconshire. National Library of Wales Journal 24 (1985/86), p. 214-21

Selwood, Ann M. Reynold Davies of Bodwigiad, Penderyn and Streatham, London, 1752-1820. Brycheiniog 32 (2000), p. 102-11

Selwood, Nansi. Enwau caeau ym mhlwyfi Penderyn ac Ystradfellte. Llafar Gwlad 11 (1986), p. 9

Selwood, Nansi. The story of Penderyn. Penderyn : Nansi Selwood, 1990. 20p


Church Records

Detailed information on deposited registers and transcripts for this parish is given under Breconshire Parish Registers on the Powys Archives website.

As a guide only, the principal extant parochial church records for this parish span the dates shown below (as detailed in Parish Registers of Wales, NLW 2000) but exact current holdings should be confirmed with the individual Archives;

  • Baptisms 1762-1805, 1807-1990; Marriages 1754-1971; Burials 1762-84, 1807-1979; Banns 1823-95. Parish Registers, or copies, for all or part of these dates are held at the NLW and/or Powys Archives. Bishops Transcripts for various periods are held at the NLW.

Penderyn Community Historical Society has produced a illustrated leaflets giving historical details of Penderyn's parish church and nonconformist chapels (PDF files).


Description and Travel

Family Search have an interactive map called "England and Wales Jurisdictions 1851" showing parish (and other) boundaries with optional background maps such as Ordnance Survey. There is also a Search facility, do read the guidance notes to get maximum benefit from this useful resource. See here for further background information to assist in the interpretation of this data

Places, villages, farms etc., in Penderyn parish as shown on the parish map on 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)

  • Penderyn [72] - Bod-wigiad, Brick Works, Caer-Howel, Cae'r-llwyn, Cefn-y-don, Coedcae-du, Court Farm, Ffrwd-isaf, Ffrwd-uchaf, Gawr-dyle, Gelli-ben-uchel, Gelli-ffynnonau, Graig-y-Ddinas, Heol-las, Lletty-Rhys, Llwyn-y-moch, Nant-ddu, Nant-moel-uchaf, Penderyn, Pentre-cae-lleia, Pen-twyn-isaf, Pen-yr-heol, Pontbren Llwyd, Sychbant, Tre-banog, Tyle-morgrug, Wern-las

View from Moel Penderyn in Brecon Beacons

Various landscapes - on the People's Collection Wales  site

You can see pictures of Penderyn which are provided by:



Ask for a calculation of the distance from Penderyn to another place.

Click here for a list of nearby places.


Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Penderyn has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


Names, Geographical

The Place-Names of the Parish of Penderyn  "This is a survey of the place-names of the parish of Penderyn, located at the northern end of the Cynon Valley. The parish, once part of the old county of Breconshire, is now part of Rhondda Cynon Taf." [Deric John]