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"CAERAU, in the Cwmwd of Cibwyr, Cantref of Brenhinol (now called the Hundred of Kibbor,) County of GLAMORGAN, South Wales: a Perpetual Curacy, not in charge: Patron, The Prebendary of Caerau in the Cathedral Church of Llandaff: Church dedicated to St. Mary. The Resident Population of this Parish, in 1801, was 65. The Money raised by the Parish Rates, in 1803, was £46..6..4, at 2s. 6d. in the pound. It is 3 m. W. from Caerdiff. This Parish, contains about 460 acres of inclosed Land, and about 40 acres of Wood. Here is an entire Roman Camp, within which the Church is situate. The Prebend of Caerau is valued in the King's Books at £3..10..7 1/2 ; and has the Tythes of Caerau and Penterry, and Llandogo, in the County of Monmouth. According to the Diocesan Report, in 1809, the yearly value of this Benefice, arising from Stipend, and Augmentation, was £35. "          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.

The Glamorgan Family History Society have produced a set of microfiche containing Monumental Inscriptions for the following burial grounds :-

  • Parish Church of St. Mary


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

Caerau with Ely Parish

Friends of St Mary's Church, Caerau

Glamorgan Chapels Database   - a  list of all known non-conformist chapels or other non-Anglican religions in the parish.
Here are the references for one such chapel found;

  • There is a Welsh Congregational Mission Hall [in Caerau]
    Kelly's Directory, South Wales 1895 -  the Archive CD Books Cd 
  • There is an English Congregational Mission Hall [in Caerau]
    Kelly's Directory, South Wales 1910 -  the Archive CD Books Cd
  • There is a Dyffryn Ind chapel, Caerau, East Glamorgan shown as still open on the Union of Welsh Independents site (Dec 2006)

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. Mary, is in the Benefice of Caerau with Ely, 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 ST135750.

A transcription of the registers is available from the Glamorgan Family History Society for the years: Baptisms, 1725-1903, Marriages, 1727-1836, Burials, 1720-1903. Visit their website for information on how to purchase these fiche.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
1742-1952, 1961-1973 1741-1755, 1813-1836, 1843-1972 1742-1772, 1774-1812, 1815-1974 - 1724-1740, 1742-1743, 1745-1747, 1751-1752, 1754-1824, 1826-1837

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

  • Caerau cclesiastical Parish records      " ...........including registers of baptisms, 1741-1973; marriages, 1813-1972; burials, 1815-1974; services, 1937-1967; civil records, 1841-1931"

Modern Parishes & Chapels of Ease :-

The following Religious Institutions are covered in the Mormon International Genealogical Index (IGI) :-

  • Caerau, St. Mary - Christenings (BT's), 1724-1870

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Caerau which are provided by:

Places, villages, farms etc within Caerau 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 Gareth Hicks)

  • Caerau (148); Caerau (village); Camp; Cyntwell; Highmead; Hosptl.; Lodge; Woodlands

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

Caerau - on Wikipedia


Transcript of name listing for Llandaff, with the parishes and villages of Caerau, Ely, Fairwater, Radyr, Llanilltern, St. Fagan's, Michaelston-super-Ely, and St. Bride's-super-Ely from Slaters Directory for 1880.

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Caerau 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

  • Ely   (under Llandaff parish)


Description and image of Caerau Castle Ringwork at www.castlewales.com by Jeff Thomas

The Manor of Caerau - from Cardiff Records, Volume II, Chapter I  NOTES ON THE MANORS OF THE CARDIFF DISTRICT . (British History Online)

Land and Property

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

  • Cardiff and Provincial Properties plc, Caerau deeds   1819-1923  
  • Hill, Edward Stock, papers    Including  " ...........sale catalogue of Caerau Estate, 1904;........."


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 ST135750 (Lat/Lon: 51.467285, -3.246697), Caerau which are provided by:


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

1841 - 80 1851 - 87 1861 - 131 1871 - 102 1881 - 112 1891 - 187

Public Records

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

  • Caerau Civil Parish records   1809-[1980