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Caerphilly in the Parish of Eglwysilan

"CAERPHILLY, a market town and chapelry, in the parish of EGLWYSILAN, hundred of CAERPHILLY, county of GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES, 7 miles (N. by W.) from Cardiff, and 159 (W.) from London, on the old turnpike road from Newport to Neath and Merthyr-Tydvil. The population is returned with the hamlet of Energlyn........." A Topographical Dictionary of Wales by Samuel Lewis 1833


References to the town of Caerphilly at

Business and Commerce Records

  • David Davies, mineral surveyor
    1847-72: out letter books
    [Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff]
  • Pandy Woollen Mill
    1856-89: William Austin's spinning account book and cloth account books
    [Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff - Reference: D/DXFC1-4]
  • Ty Vaughan Shop
    1835-70: ledgers and journals
    [Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff]

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

  • Barclays Bank, Caerphilly collection       "Merchant's account book of imports, 1789 (including Energlyn Estate rental, 1823); Caerphilly Petty Sessions minutes books containing lists of surveyors, constables and overseers, 1840-1852; Caerphilly Petty and Brewster's Sessions minutes book, 1868-1872."
  • Great Western Garden Village Society Ltd, Caerphilly records     1925-1972    "Great Western (Caerphilly) Garden Village Society Ltd was established in 1925, to provide housing for the workers of Carephilly Railway Repair Works, Glamorgan. It remained active until 1972"


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

  • Church of St. Martin
  • Tonyfelin Welsh Baptist
  • Watford Congregational

Visit their website for information on how to purchase.


The Glamorgan Family History Society have produced a set of microfiche containing an enumerated transcription and a personal name index. These are available for the years :

  • 1841 - (included with Cardiff)
  • 1851 - HO107/2454

Visit their website for information on how to purchase.

Church Records

For full and up-to-date details of their holdings see the sites of Glamorgan Record Office and/or West Glamorgan Archives

Caerphilly contains three Anglican churches :-

Non Conformist Registers Deposited at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
Chapel Baptisms Marriages Burials OS Map Ref  
Windsor Street, Calvinistic Methodist 1928-1935 - - ST 15648683  

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

  • Caerphilly Ecclesiastical Parish records    " ......... including registers of baptisms, 1834-1924; marriages, 1813-1925; burials, 1822-1923; banns, 1868-1915; Pwllypant mission chapel baptisms, 1899-1902; St Catherines church miscellaneous records, 2000"

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

  • Eglwysilan, Caerphilly St. Martin - Christenings (BT's), 1813-1875

Description and Travel

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

Caerphilly County Borough Council

Cwmcarn Forest, Caerphilly

Caerphilly - on Wikipedia

You can see pictures of Caerphilly which are provided by:


Transcript of complete name listing for Eglwysilan & Caerphilly from Slaters Directory for 1858-185


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

  • Bradley and Edmunds family of Pontypridd and Caerphilly papers   "Records of the Bradley and Edmund family, 1790-1903, ....................."  
  • Waters and Evans families, of Caerphilly papers   1725-1929    "Mrs Hester Waters (d 1794), possibly a member of the Waters family of Penhow (Monmouthshire) appears to have lived at Bath, Somerset, since at least 1775. Edward Evans (fl. 1794-1802), of Energlyn Mill, Caerphilly, Glamorgan, a descendant of the Waters family, was the executor of her will. ........................"

Historical Geography

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

Ask for a calculation of the distance from Caerphilly to another place.


Description with images of Caerphilly Castle at by Jeff Thomas

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

  • Dennis G. Sellwood papers    "The papers were collected by local historian Dennis G. Sellwood whilst conducting research for his book, The Friendly Invasion (Caerphilly Local History Society, 2002). The book focuses upon the American soldiers who passed through Caerphilly during 1943-1944 on their way to Europe, as remembered by themselves and the townspeople"  
  • Jones, Glyndwr G., of Caerphilly, collection  1856-1991      "Glyndwr G. Jones is a local historian who has gathered together an extensive collection of miscellaneous sources on the history of Caerphilly and district, Glamorgan, covering Pandy woollen mill, photographs and postcards. Besides delivering lectures to the Caerphilly Local History Society, he is also the author of the local history journal, Cronicl Caerffili"

Names, Personal

Waters and Evans families: Caerphilly
18thcent-19th cent: family and estate papers
[Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff - Reference: D/D Ps]


Rhos Llantwit Colliery (near Caerphilly) on the Welsh Coal Mines site

Politics and Government

  • Caerphilly Constituency Labour Party
    • 1934-64: records
      [University of Swansea library]
    • 1960-87: minute book, corresp, membership records and misc
      [National Library of Wales, Department of Manuscripts and Records]
  • Caerphilly elections
    1964, 1966: papers of Roy Maddocks, Conservative Party, parliamentary candidate
    [Gwent Record Office, County Hall, Cwmbran NP44 2XH - Reference: D.1019

Public Records

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

  • Caerphilly Higher Petty Sessional Division records    1909-1962
  • Caerphilly Lower Petty Sessional Division records  1872-1981
  • Caerphilly Local Board of Health    1893-1894  
  • Caerphilly Urban District Council records  1893-1974  
  • Miskin Higher and Caerphilly Higher Petty Sessional Division records  1893-1964


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

  • Caerphilly and Gelligaer Division Elementary/Primary school records     19th century-20th century  
  • Caerphilly Senior Boys (Twyn)/Secondary school records    " ....... school records comprising of log book, 1933-1966"  
  • Caerphilly Gwyndy Senior Girls/Secondary Modern for Girls records  1933-1947  
  • Caerphilly/Caerphili Boys Secondary School and St. Martins Comprehensive school 1927-1989     "Caerphilly Boys' Secondary School originated as Caerphilly Higher Elementary School in 1912......"  
  • Edmunds, Emma and Rachel, of Caerphilly papers   1846-1974    "Emma Edmunds and Rachel Edmunds were school teachers in the Caerphilly area, Glamorgan, in the last quarter of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Emma Edmunds was a teacher at Penarth National School and became head teacher at Twyn Infants School, Caerphilly Rachel Edmunds was the head teacher of the Aldworth Charity schools at Bedwas and Caerphilly."       "Rules and attendance register of Aldworth Charity school, 1846-1863; Twyn Infants head teacher's notebook, 1899-1913; testimonials, examination certificates, salary recipts, letters, photographs of teachers and pupils at Twyn school and miscellaneous papers, 1846-1974"


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

  • Caerphilly Local History Society records    "Programme for the performance of 'Macbeth' in Caerphilly Castle, 7-10 June, 1939; plans and sections pertaining to the Caerphilly U.D.C. waterworks, 1897; annual report of the 'Loyal St Cenydd' Lodge, 1902; set of rules relating to the Victorian Building Club, Caerphilly, 1902; copies of Pebyll Seion [A History of the Congregational Churches in Caerphilly District] edited by C. Tawelfryn Thomas and E. Bush, 1904, and A History of Caerphilly Castle: Its Assailants and Defenders by O. Morien Morgan, 1905; and photographs of Caerphilly and surrounding area, [20th century]. ........."