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Anthony Williams & Partners. Ystradgynlais Community Hospital. Building (25 July 1986), p. 31-8

Davies, D Hubert. Hanes Ainon Eglwys y Bedyddwyr Ystradgynlais 1848-1948. 1948

Davies, Thomas J. Faces and places of the parish of Ystradgynlais : in photographs. [Ystradgynlais] : T.J. Davies, 1992. 136p

Egan, Tim. Herman yn Ystradgynlais.(Josef Herman). Barn 354 (1992), p. 28-9

Jones, D Mansel. Canmlwyddiant Ystradgynlais R.F.C. centenary [an illustrated history of Ystradgynlais R.F.C.]Ystradgynlais : Ystradgynlais Rugby Football Club, 1992. 221p Llawlyfr dathlu canmlwyddiant adeiladu'r eglwys : Sardis, Ystradgynlais. [Ystradgynlais] : [Eglwys Sardis], 1961. 26p

Miles, John. Ystradgynlais and Yniscedwyn colliery sidings. Welsh Railways Archive 2 (1997), p. 112-13

Morgan, Leonid. Ystradgynlais Parish, Powys: Names and Families 1513 - 1813 vol 2. 1996

Morgan, William S. Horses to barges : an account of early coal and iron industries in Ystalyfera and Ystradgynlais : c.1650-1860. [Glynneath] : [Del Morgan?], [2003]. 43p

Pearce, Tom. Hanes y Tabernacl, Ystradgynlais : Capel y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd 1891-1991. Ystradgynlais : Capel y Tabernacl, 1991. 36p

Salmon, Robert. The Powys philosophy. [Ystradgynlais Hospital]. Health Service Journal 96 (1986), p. 727

Taylor, Anna-Marie. A not so silent village : portrayals of Ystradgynlais. Planet 122 (1997), p. 80-4

White, Albert E S. Walking Around the Industry, Hills and Valleys of the Ystradgynlais - Abercrave Area. 1997 Ystradgynlais official guide. [Carshalton] : Home Publishing Co., 1972


Master Indexes to the 1871 Census entries for Ystradgynlais transcribed by the Ystradgynlais Family History Society. The transcriptions also include entries for the neighbouring parish of Llangiwg (Glamorgan).


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Ystradgynlais area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church History

Church of St Cynog, Ystradgynlais on the Brecknockshire Churches Survey site.

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 1721-1969; Marriages 1721-1856, 1893-1971; Banns 1823-1913, 1940-78; Burials 1721-1990 Parish Registers, or copies, for all or part of these dates are held at Powys Archives, Glamorgan Archives and/or West Glamorgan Archives. Bishops Transcripts for various periods are held at the NLW

Aber-Craf/Abercrave parish was formed out of Ystradgynlais in 1925, extant records are:

  • Marriages 1912-89 (West Glamorgan Archives and/or Glamorgan Archives)

Coelbren, Y - an ancient chapelry of Ystradgynlais, extant records are:

  • Baptisms 1902-25; Marriages 1863-1990; Burials 1902-25 (West Glamorgan Archives and/or Glamorgan Archives.) See mother church records for earlier CMB.

Court Records

Petty Sessions were first held in the nineteenth century, a minor court presided over by two or more justices or magistrates. Records include minute books, court registers, adoption registers, licensing and ledger accounts. There is a 75 year closure period for adoption records and 30 years for the rest. Petty Sessions Records from 1910-1994 (reference: BPS/Y) have been deposited at Powys Archives

Description and Travel

Places, villages, farms etc. within Ystradgynlais 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)

  • Ystradgynlais Higher [69] - Abercrave, Ash Grove House, Cefn-byrle, Coelbren, Coelbren Junction Station, Craig-y-nos Castle, Craig-y-nos Station, Dan-yr-ogof, Garw-leisiau, Glyn-Llech-uchaf, Henrhyd Waterfall, Pant-y-wal, Penwyllt, Pen-y-cae, Rhongyr-isaf, Rhongyr-uchaf, Tonyspyddaden.
  • Ystradgynlais Lower [70]- Abercrave, Bryn-y-graerion, Caer-bont, Caer-lan, Cwm Giedd, Dorwen, Garth, Glan-rhyd, Gurnos, Gwaun-ton, Gwys Station, Hendre-ladis, Lower Cwm-Twrch, Pant-y-cwrt, Pen-cae-moel, Pen-rhos, Pen-y-wern, Tir-y-cwm, Tre-Fleming, Tir-y-gof, Tre-deg, Upper Cwm-Twrch, Ynys, Ynys-Cedwyn, Ystradgynlais, Ystradgynlais Colliery.

Old Ystradgynlais website, set up by Alan Griffiths "in the belief that local history resources should be readily available and free. Hopefully others will contribute to make it a useful resource for anyone interested in the Ystradgynlais of old". The website contains an excellent collection of old photos of the area, including: Abercraf, Coelbren, Craig y nos, Cwmgiedd, Cwmtwrch, Glanrhyd, Gurnos, Pen y cae, Penrhos, Penwyllt, and Ystradgynlais. There is also a selection of extracts from histories, guide books and directories.

Victorian Powys for schools site - Ystradgynlais and the Upper Swansea Valley.

Ystradgynlais on BBC website.

You can see pictures of Ystradgynlais which are provided by:


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

Historical Geography

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

Land and Property

Palleg  - Tribal Lands, Manor & Farm Estate. By James M Burton.   "This report and thesis attempts to determine the origins of Palleg Manor c.1215-1915 and its farms within the boundaries of Ystradgynlais parish. It also expands upon the history, tenants and land owners of the Palleg land area from prehistoric times to the present day. "


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN788102 (Lat/Lon: 51.777263, -3.758224), Ystradgynlais which are provided by: