"BISHOPSTON, or, LLAN DEILO FERWALT, in the Cwmwd of Gwyr, Cantref of Eginog (now called the Hundred of Swansea), County of GLAMORGAN, South Wales; a Rectory valued in the King's Books at £9..6..8: Patron, The Bishop of Llandaff: Church dedicated to St. Teilo. The Resident Population of this Parish, in 1801, was 303. The Money raised by the Parish Rates, in 1803, was £102..18..9 1/2, at 7s. 10d., in the pound. It is 6 m. W. from Swansea. The whole of this Parish is inclosed, except about 100 acres. In 1728, Mrs. Catherine Rees left £100., which was laid out in Land; and £2..5..0 of the annual Interest thereof is now applied to the instruction of some poor Children, and the remainder is given away monthly in Bread. The Manor is supposed to belong to the See of Llandaff. The Chapel of Caswell is in Ruins. There is a Lead mine in a Valley in this Parish, called All Slade, about a quarter of a mile from the Sea-shore. This Mine was re-opened about two years ago, and some Tons of Ore of a good quality were raised from it, but it was again dropped, either for want of Capital or Spirit in the Adventurers. Several Implements of the ancient Miners were discovered upon reopening it, which occasioned an idea that they perished in the Mine, but no remains of them were found. See Caswell. According to the Diocesan Report, in 1809, the yearly value of this Benefice, arising from Tythes, and Glebe Land,was £134..18..11." From: A Topographical Dictionary of The Dominion of Wales by Nicholas Carlisle, London, 1811.
The church is dedicated to St. Teilo, and is in the Benefice of Bishopston. 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 SS578893.
A transcription of the registers is available from the Glamorgan Family History Society for the years: Baptisms, 1677-1891, Marriages, 1678-1838, Burials, 1677-1890. Visit their website for information on how to purchase these fiche.
Anglican Parish Registers Held at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
Bach-y-gwreiddyn Estate, papers 1417-1791 "This collection consists of records of two estates in the Lordship of Gower which were joined by a marriage in 1699:The Little Hill estate consisted of properties in the Glamorgan parishes of Bishopston, Llangennith, Llanrhidian, Loughor and Swansea which belonged to the Mathew family of Little Hill, Bishopston, Glamorgan. The estate was inherited by Margaret Mathew, as the granddaughter and heiress of Owen Mathew senior. In 1699 she married Richard Prichard of Bach-y-gwreiddyn. Little Hill was situated in the middle of the parish of Bishopston, near Pennard Mill, to the north of the village of Bishopston. The house is marked on the tithe map of 1844, but by the time of the 1st edition Ordnance Survey map of 1877 the house had been demolished.The Bach-y-gwreiddyn estate consisted of properties in the hamlet of Penderry in the parish of Llangyfelach, Glamorgan, the property of the Prichard family of Bach-y-gwreiddyn, ............................."
Miscellaneous collections: manorial papers "Papers relating to the following manors in Glamorgan: ............. Bishopston, 1800 ........... "
Gilbertson family 1813-1959 "The records include...............title deeds for the Bishopston estates 1813-1921; ..................."
Kilvrough Deeds [Penrice family of Suffolk, Norfolk and Glamorgan.] "Gower Deeds and related papers : ............... Bishopston (New parks) 1739-1915; Bishopston (miscellaneous properties of John Williams) 1800-1871); .................."
Berridge estate (Bishopston), papers 1886-1893 "Emily Janette Thomas married Thomas Berridge of Skegness, Lincoln. As the only surviving child of Robert Hughes Thomas, Emily sold the estate to Thomas Penrice of Kilvrough, Glamorgan, esq. in 1893. The estate is located in Bishopston, Gower and known as Moline Farm"
Bishopston Manor, volumes 1844-1920 "Bishopston manor lies within the southern half of the ecclesiastical parish of Bishopston. Bishopston derives its name from having formerly belonged to the Bishop of Llandaff who held the ecclesiastical manor of Bishopston in free alms .........."
Vivian, Gilbertson and Thomas estate and family papers "Papers relating to the acquisition, administration and disposal of estates in the parishes of Bishopston, Pennard and Oystermouth by the Thomas, Gilbertson and Vivian families, 1785-2004; .................................."