"LALYSTON, or, TREF LALYS, in the Cwmwd of Tir yr Hwndrwd, Cantref of Cron Nedd (now called the Hundred of Newcastle), Co. of GLAMORGAN, South Wales: a Curacy, not in charge, consolidated with the Vicarage of Newcastle, and of the certified value of £17.: Patron, The King: Church dedicated to St. Illtyd. The Resident Population of this Parish, in 1801, (consisting of the Higher and Lower Divisions) was 415. The Money raised by the Parish Rates, in 1803, was £124..2..0, at 4s. 0d. in the pound. It is 2m. W. from Bridgend. This Parish contains about 700 acres of Land. This village is said to take its Name from a person, called Lalys, a man eminent in the art of masonry, and who was brought from The Holy Land, about the year 1111, by Richard Granville, Lord of Neath: this man is reported to have built several Abbies and Churches, with many Castles, and other considerable works; and afterwards became architect to King Henry the First." From: A Topographical Dictionary of The Dominion of Wales by Nicholas Carlisle, London, 1811.