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"BAGLAN, in the Cwmwd of Rhwng Nedd ac Afan, Cantref of Cron Nedd (now called the Hundred of Neath), County of GLAMORGAN, South Wales: a Curacy, not in charge, to the Vicarage of Aber Afan: Patron, Lord Vernon: Church dedicated to St. Baglan.  The Resident Population of this Parish, in 1801, was 251. The Money raised by the Parish Rates, in 1803, was £121..19..2 1/2. It is 4 m. S.b.E. from Neath. According to the Diocesan Report, in 1809, the yearly value of this Benefice, arising from Tythes, and Augmentation, was £52. This Parish contains about 3000 acres of land; of which, 2200 acres are inclosed and cultivated, and the remainder is Common. The Right Honourable Lord Vernon is the principal Proprietor.  Near the Church is a Well, which is famous for curing ricketty Children; but, according to the vulgar opinion, only on the first three Thursdays in May."
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.

References to Baglan at the British Library


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Baglan 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

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 of the old St Baglan Church (St Mary's?)

See John Ball's site Welsh Churches and Chapels Collection for a photograph/data re St Baglan's Church Images and History of the churches of St. Baglan and St. Catherine, Baglan, by Brian Wagstaffe

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. Catherine, is in the Benefice of Baglan, 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 SS753929.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
1769-1874 1769-1923 1769-1904 1823-1844 1721, 1723-1837

Modern Parishes & Chapels of Ease :-

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

  • Baglan Ecclesiastical Parish records    " ............. The church of St. Catharine was erected in 1882 on the site of the old church."      "Ecclesiastical Parish records including registers of baptisms, 1769-1874; marriages, 1769-1923; burials, 1769-1904; banns, 1824-1930; services, 1907-1930; records relating to churchwardens, 1925-c1930; miscellaneous and civil records, 1732-1935"

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Baglan which are provided by:

Places, villages, farms etc within Baglan  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 Gareth Hicks)

  • Baglan Lower (46); Baglan (village); Baglan Bay; Baglan Burrows; Baglan Moors; Blaen Pelenna; Bwlch; Camp; Coed-y-parc; Cwm Baglan; GWR; Mynydd Dinas; Mynydd Gaer; Pant-yr-arian; R.Ranges; Tycanol; Tyle'r-fedwen; Witford Point;
  • Baglan Higher (47); Blaenavon; Cerig Llwydion; Colliery; Cwm Blaen Pelenna;  Efail-fach; GWR; Gelli-gaer-fawr; Hawdref-fawr; Hawdref-ganol; Isle of Wight; Lantwit Merthyr Colliery; Mynydd Blaenavon; Nant Blaen Pelenna; Pelenna River ?; Ton-mawr; Ton-y-grugos

Description of parish from   A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (1833) by Samuel Lewis.

Baglan - on Wikipedia

Historical Geography

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

Some of the hamlets, towns and villages within this parish

  • Abergwenffrwd

Land and Property

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

  • Llewellyn of Baglan and Court Colman papers   1713-1972      "The Llewelyn family descended from Llewelyn Evan (d 1757), who married Eleanor, daughter of Evan Davies, of Pentre, Ystradyfodwg, Glamorgan. His son, Hopkin Llewelyn (1727-1811), of Brombil, Margam, and Pentre, became the estate agent of the Margam estate in 1765. Hopkin's eldest son, Griffith, married Catherine Jones, heiress of Baglan Hall.........................."  
  • Baglan Hall Estate, papers  1799-1944    "The Baglan Hall Estate consisted mainly of properties in Baglan and Aberavon parishes, and was held during the middle part of the 19th century by the Llewellyn family. ............................."


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

Glamorgan Parish Map

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SS752922 (Lat/Lon: 51.614708, -3.803934), Baglan which are provided by:


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

1841 - 548 1851 - 558 1861 - 715 1871 - 621 1881 - 672 1891 - 624

Public Records

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

  • Baglan Higher Parish Council, Baglan Higher Community Council and Pelenna Community Council Records  1784-1992   " .............including Baglan tithe plan and apportionment, 1846;.................... records relating to the Local Boundary Commission for Wales, 1979-1981; ................; invoices and receipts concerning the South Wales Electricity Board, 1956-1957; records relating to playing fields, 1958-1990; records relating to Pontrhydyfen Community Centre, 1961-1986; records relating to Neath Borough Council, 1961."


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

  • Baglan School Records      "Records of Baglan School, 1865-1949, including log books, 1865-1949; manager's minutes, 1904-1930"  
  • Glamorganshire Reformatory School Records  1891-1984     "Glamorganshire Reformatory School was established at Hawdref Ganol, Baglan, near Neath, in March 1858. In 1875 it was moved to Ty Segur, Neath,..................."