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Hirwaun in the Parishes of Aberdare and Penderyn (Breconshire)

Archives and Libraries
Church Records
Description and Travel
Social Life and Customs

Archives and Libraries


References to the town of Hirwaun at

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

Parish formed in 1886 from Aberdare and Penderyn (Breconshire)

Hirwaun, Penderyn Church - See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph

The church is dedicated to St. Lleurwg, is in the Benefice of Hirwaun, and Diocese of Llandaff. Details of the present incumbent of this benefice can be found at the Church in Wales website. The church can be found at grid reference SN958056.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
1858-1944 1884-1941 - - -

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

  • Hirwaun Ecclesiastical Parish records  "Hirwaun is a modern parish within the rural deanery of Aberdare in the diocese of Llandaff. St. Lleurwg's church, Hirwaun, was first erected in 1858 as a chapel of ease to Aberdare and was restored in 1884. The ecclesiastical parish of Hirwaun was created in 1886 from the civil parishes of Aberdare in Glamorgan and Penderyn in the county of Brecon"
    "Hirwaun Ecclesiastical Parish records including registers of baptisms, 1858-1944; marriages, 1884-1941; banns, 1899-1960; services, 1877-1919; marriages licences, 1919-1957; certificates, 1940-1957; terriers, 1910-1919; churchwardens accounts, 1897-1911; miscellaneous, 1858-1921; church affairs, 1886-1942; church organisations, c1905-1930"


Non Conformist Registers Deposited
Chapel Baptisms Marriages Burials OS Map Ref Deposited/
Nebo, Congregational - - 1824-1835 SN 95890551 PRO
Blaen-gwawr, Soar, Wesleyan 1857-1933 - - SN 95800567 NLW
Blaen-gwawr, Soar, Wesleyan*
*not on WGAS online list
1966-1968 - - SN 95800567 WGAS
Blaen-gwawr, Soar, Wesleyan - 1971-1984 - SN 95800567 GRO

GRO - Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
NLW - National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
WGAS - West Glamorgan Archive Service
PRO - Public Record Office, London

Description and Travel

Photographs of Hirwaun - on  Aberdare online

Hirwaun - on the Rhondda Cynon Taf Libraries Heritage Trail site

Hirwaun - on Wikipedia

Aerial photograph of Bryn Du Gas Works, Hirwaun, 1992 - on the People's Collection Wales site


Tower Colliery, Hirwaun on the Miners' Advice site

Tower Colliery, Hirwaun on the Welsh Coal Mines site

Social Life and Customs

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

  • Bodwigiad Club Records (Cambrian Lodge of the Old Unity of Oddfellows, Hirwaun)  1875-1973    "The Bodwigiad Club (or Bod Club for short) was a name used for the Cambrian Lodge of the Old Unity of Oddfellows whose meetings were originally held at the Bodwigiad Arms, Hirwaun. The Lodge was founded in 1828..................... The objectives of the society as stated in the Rules of 1937 were to raise funds through a variety of means in order to secure money to pay funeral expenses of deceased members and their wives and also to give assistance to sick members unable to work"

  [Last Updated : 4 Dec 2011 - Gareth Hicks]