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"CIL Y BEBYLL, in the Cwmwd of Rhwng Nedd ac Afan, Cantref of Cron Nedd (now called the Hundred of Neath), Co. of Glamorgan, South Wales: a discharged R. valued in the King's Books at £4.6.8:  Patron, The Prince of Wales: Church ded. to St. John the Evangelist.  The Resident Population of this Parish, in 1801, (containing the Upper and Lower Divisions) was 281.  The money raised by the Parish Rates, in 1803, was £39.7.5.
It is 4
1/2 m. N. from Neath.  This is a small, mountainous Parish, and the greatest part of it is barren and uncultivated.  It is situate on the river Tawy.  Under the Western side of the Mountain, called March Hywell, or Howell's Charger, is a very cold Spring, which is in repute for bathing in.  The Name signifies, The Retreat or Retirement of the Tents or Tabernacles.  The present worthy Rector, The Rev. F. Gough, most obligingly adds, 'there are numerous Carneddau or Tumuli on March Hywell: on opening one of which, we found a stone Platform, manifesting strong appearances of incremation, and on one side thereof, an unbaked Urn of clay, containing ashes, the remnants of bones, and wood charcoal, the latter apparently as fresh as when deposited.  Some Celts have also been found, and a supposed Roman sword of gold-coloured metal, hammer-hardened, and a very formidable weapon; now in the possession of Mr. Edward Griffiths of Neath'. According to the Diocesan Report, in 1809, the yearly value of this Benefice, arising from Tythes, and Glebe Land, was £54.17.4."            (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 the parish of Cilybebyll at

An on-line index to the book titled Old Characters of Gellinudd by John E. Morgan [1908] has been provided by Gareth Hicks.


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

See John Ball's site Welsh Churches and Chapels Collection for a photograph/data re St John's Church

Chapels Database  - a  list of all known non-conformist chapels or other non-Anglican religions in the parish

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

See Cwmgors/Waun site  for a history database of local chapels and churches

The church is dedicated to St John the Evangelist, is in the Benefice of Cilybebyll, 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 located at grid reference SN744047.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
1638-1647, 1653-1679, 1773-1931 1638-1647, 1653-1679, 1813-1929 1638-1647, 1653-1679, 1768-1812 - 1721, 1723-1792, 1794-1821, 1824-1837

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

  • Cilybebyll Ecclesiastical Parish records     "..... including registers of baptisms, 1768-1931; marriages, 1813-1929; records relating to Acts of Parliament 1836-1837; licence for marriages, 1939; tithes, 1838-1922; property, 1915; churchwardens, 1937; church affairs, 1939-1958; civil records, 1844"

Modern Parishes & Chapels of Ease :-

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

  • Cilybebyll, St. John the Evangelist - Christenings (BT's) - 1776-1858
  • Cilybebyll Independent - Christenings, 1751-1836

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Cilybebyll which are provided by:

Places, villages, farms etc within Cilybebyll 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 John Ball)

  • Cilybebyll (9) - Alltwen, Cilybebyll, Craig-gelli-nedd, Craig-y-fforest, Darren Wyddon, Farteg, Farteg Hill, Hendre Garnilog, Melin-y-Rhos, Plas Cil-y-bebyll, Rhos, Tarreni-gleision, Wigfa.

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

Place names from the C19th Tithe Apportionment schedules. Contributed by Darris Williams


Transcript of name listing for Cilybebyll taken from Slaters Directory for 1871.

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Cilybebyll 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

  • Rhos

Land and Property

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

  • Cilybebyll Estate Records     1399-1854      "Deeds and other papers, 1614-1775, mainly relating to the Herbert family of Cilybebyll, Glamorgan (Ethel Lloyd Deeds);estate and family deeds and a few other papers, [c. 1466]-[c. 1841], relating to the Griffith family of Cilybebyll [c. 1572]-1614, the Herbert family of Cilybebyll,  [c. 1617]-1740, the Turberville family of Ewenny and Cilybebyll, [c. 1740]-[c. 1794], and the Lloyd family of Cilybebyll 1813 (Cilybebyll Deeds (Group I); estate and family deeds and papers, 1523-1854, relating to the Griffith family of Cilybebyll [c. 1557]-1615, the Herbert family of Cilybebyll and elsewhere, [c. 1606]-[c. 1754], the Turberville family of Ewenny and Cilybebyll [c. 1747]-[c. 1796], the Lloyd family of Cilybebyll [c. 1789]-[c. 1815], the Bassett family of Cilybebyll [c. 1817-c. 1825], and the Leach family of Milford and Cilybebyll, [c. 1831]-[c. 1848] (Cilybebyll Deeds (Group II)). The 1962 group which remains uncatalogued comprises deeds and documents, 1847-1883, consisting largely of leases of building ground formerly part of Clynibidy farm, Llangiwg, Glamorgan."  
    And    " .....comprising mainly title deeds, 1497-1946, deeds of settlement, 1575-1954, and mortgages, 1859-1916."
  • Lloyd Family of Plâs-Cilybebyll papers  " ........ including correspondence, 1944-1953; papers relating to Herbert Lloyd, 1864-1930; papers of John Herbert Purdon and Eleanor Lloyd, 1914-1956; papers of the Pemberton family, 1905-1965; records of a court case for between John Herbert Purdon Lloyd and Philip Llewellyn Michael for trespass "
  • John Jenkins Collection of Neath and Cilybebyll Deeds   1546-1933


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 SN744047 (Lat/Lon: 51.726866, -3.819980), Cilybebyll which are provided by:


Gleision Colliery, Cilybebyll, nr Rhos on the Miners' Advice site

Primrose Colliery, Rhos on the Welsh Coal Mines site


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

1841 - 731 1851 - 982 1861 - 1,346 1871 - 1,592 1881 - 1,940 1891 - 2,006

Public Records

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

  • Cilybebyll Parish and Community Councils records  1894-2001


School House, near Penyralltwen Farm, Alltwen  - History, map and photographs on the Cwmgors/Waun site