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"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.



Here is a substantial reading list of books which relate to Glamorgan, either county or parish.


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

Bishopston, St Teilo's Church

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. 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
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
1716-1807, 1810-1965 1716-1941 1716-1807, 1810-1900 - 1671, 1675, 1677-1678, 1681-1682, 1686-1687, 1690, 1693, 1696-1698, 1700-1702, 1704, 1707-1708, 1710, 1712-1713, 1716, 1727-1731, 1733-1776, 1778-1800, 1802-1803, 1805, 1807-1882, 1885, 1887-1890

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Bishopston which are provided by:

Places, villages, farms etc within Bishopston parish  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 Mary Greatorex)

  • Bishopston (44): Backingstone, Barland Common, Bishopston, Blackhills, Brandy Cove, Brynmoel, Camp, Caswell Bay, Fairwood Common,  Fairwood Lodge, Hareslade, Hen Parc, Herbert's Lodge, Hospital, Hotel, Inn, Killay Farm, Longash Farm, Middle Killay, Murton, Northway, Old Castle, Oldway, Pwlldu Bay, Pwll-y-froga,  Pyle, Redcliffe, The Knap, Ty gwyn, Upper Killay, Well, Wern fawr, Werganrows, Wern-laith.

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

Bishopston - on wikipedia

Bishopston, Murton and Kittle villages


Transcript of complete name listing for the Gower parishes, from Slaters Directory for 1880.

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Bishopston 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

  • Barland Common
  • Caswell
  • Murton  
  • Northway
  • Oldway
  • Pyle

Land and Property

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

  • 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; .................................."


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 SS579891 (Lat/Lon: 51.582748, -4.052384), Bishopston which are provided by:


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

1841 - 491 1851 - 513 1861 - 418 1871 - 457 1881 - 560 1891 - 628

Public Records

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

  • Bishopston Parish Council records  1764-1974


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

  • Bishopston School log books  1873-1979