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"KNELSTON, in the Cwmwd of Gwyr, Cantref of Eginog (now called the  Hundred of Swansea), Co. of GLAMORGAN, South Wales: a vicarage, not in charge:  Patrons, The Chapter of St. David's: The Church, which is now in ruins, was  dedicated to St. Maurice: but the Walls are nearly all standing.  The Resident  Population of this Parish, in 1801, was 76.  The Money raised by the Parish Rates, in 1803, was £23..2..11, at 8s. 0d. in the pound.  It is 10 m. S. W.  from Swansea.  This is a small Parish.  The Impropriation belongs to the Vicar of Llan Ddewi for burying, christening and marrying the Parishioners in Llan Ddewi Church."     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 :-

  • Knelston Baptist Chapels


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

Church Records

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

The church was dedicated to St. Mary, before it fell into disuse, is in the Benefice of Port Eynon with Rhosili with Llanddewi with Knelston and in the diocese of Swansea and Brecon. 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 SS468890.

Anglican Parish Registers
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
Ancient ruined church without records. (See Llanddewi) 1784, 1790-1794, 1872-1874, 1876-1883

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

  • Llanddewi with Knelston, St. David - Christenings (BT's), 1814-1875

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Knelston which are provided by:

Places, villages, farms etc within Knelston 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)

  • Knelston (36): Burry, Church, Knelston, Lake.

"KNELSTON, or KNOLLSTON, a parish in the hundred of SWANSEA, county of GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES, 12 miles (W. by S.) from Swansea, containing 125 inhabitants. This is a very small parish, and the church, which was dedicated to St. Maurice, is now in ruins. Marriages, baptisms, and burials, are solemnized at the church of the adjoining parish of Llanddewi, for which additional duty a certain stipend is paid to the vicar of that parish by the Dean and Chapter of St. David's, to whom the rectorial tithes of Knelston are appropriated. The living is a vicarage, not in charge, in the archdeaconry of Carmarthen, and diocese of St. David's, and in the patronage of the Dean and Chapter. A school for the gratuitous instruction of children of this parish, and of the parishes of Llanddewi and Llangennith, is principally supported by the incumbent. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor is £41 16"( A Topographical Dictionary of Wales by Samuel Lewis 1833)


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

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Knelston 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

  • Frog Moor


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 SS468889 (Lat/Lon: 51.578042, -4.212383), Knelston which are provided by:


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

1841 - 113 1851 - 127 1861 - 113 1871 - 95 1881 - 94 1891 - 83

Public Records

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

  • Knelston Tithe Plan and Apportionment            "Tithe plan and apportionment of Knelston, 1846."


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

  • Reynoldston, later Knelston, School Records    ".....School log books, 1874-1969."