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"A village in the valley of the Carfan brook, a feeder of the Thaw. It was the site of a famous Celtic monastry founded by St. Cadoc in the sixth century. The church has a transitional Norman arcade, and the remains of a fine screen. On a neighbouring hill is an ancient camp."     [Glamorganshire, 1911]



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. Cadoc
  • Bethlehem Baptist Church


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

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on  FreeReg

The church is dedicated to St. Cadoc, and is in the Benefice of Llancarfan with Llantrithyd 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 ST051702.

A transcription of the registers is available from the Glamorgan Family History Society for the years: Baptisms, 1696-1900, Marriages, 1619-1838, Burials, 1696-1899. 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
1618-1640, 1724-1763, 1775-1810, 1813-1901 1618-1640, 1724-1763, 1788-1970 1618-1640, 1724-1763, 1775-1810, 1813-1976 1828-1920 1696, 1724-6, 1728-1735, 1737-1837

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

  • Llancarfan Ecclesiastical Parish records   " ...... including registers of baptisms, marriages and burials, 1618-1763; baptisms and burials, 1775-1810; baptisms, 1813-1889; marriage, 1788-1970; burials, 1813-1976; banns, 1828-1920; marriage licence, 1961; certificates, 1828-1901; service registers, 1914-1946"


Non Conformist Registers Deposited at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Chapel Baptisms Marriages Burials OS Map Ref
Bethlehem, Baptist - - 1924, 1947, 1951, 1958, 1966 ST 05067014

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

  • Llancarfan, St. Cadoc - Christenings (BT's), 1813-1871

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Llancarfan which are provided by:

Places, villages, farms etc within Llancarfan 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 Glenys Travis)

  • Llancarfan [154] - Abernant, Broadclose Inn, Camp AM, Castle Ditches, Cliff, Coed Arthur, Coed y Colwn, Cornix, Cowlog, Crosstown, Cwm y Breach, Downs, Flaxland, Font, Ford Brook, Garn-lwyd, Green, Groes-heol, Hensel-bach, Kenson River, Kenson, Kingsland, Llanbethery, Llancadle, Llancarfan Pt, Middlecross, Middlehill, Moulton, Nant Treguff, Nant Whitton, Pancross, Pant y Coed, Pen-onn, River Thaw, River Waycock, Treguff, Ty ucha, Walterston, Whitton Bush, Whitton Rosser.
  • Llanvithin [Extra Parochial but included here] [156] - Aubrey Arms, Cae-main, CAMP, Castell Moel,  Greenway, Leach Castle, LLANCARVAN, LLANVITHYN,  Whitewell.

Descriptions of parish from
A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (1833) by Samuel Lewis and also
A Topographical Dictionary of The Dominion of Wales by Nicholas Carlisle, London, 1811.

Aerial photograph of Whitton Lodge, Roman Villa, Llancarfan , 1996 - on the People's Collection Wales site (use search box)

Llancarfan - on Wikipedia

Llancarfan - on Pbase


Transcript of complete name listing for St. Athan, with the parishes and villages of Eglwys Brewis, Gileston, Llancarfan and Penmark, from Slaters Directory for 1880.


  • Llancarfan Rectory
    1662-1798: leases 1662-1778, tithe corresp etc (and amongst general estate papers) 1769-1798
    [Gloucestershire Record Office, Clarence Row, off Alvin Street, Gloucester GL1 3DW - Reference: D936,D1740]

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Llancarfan 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

  • Beach Castle
  • Leach Castle
  • Crosstown
  • Llanbethery
  • Llancadle
  • Moulton
  • Pancross
  • Pennon
  • Tre-Guff
  • Walterston


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 ST052703 (Lat/Lon: 51.423705, -3.364892), Llancarfan which are provided by:


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

1841 - 699 1851 - 662 1861 - 668 1871 - 568 1881 - 564 1891 - 548

Public Records

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

  • Llancarfan Civil Parish records      ".......... including financial records, 1890-1968; tax collection records, 1890-1892; poor law bastardy records, 1745-1807; poor law settlement records, 1767-1880; correspondence, 1924-1970; minutes books, 1821-1968; tithe plan and apportionment, 1841; incumbent's tithe account book, 1869-1913; assistant overseers rate book, 1920-1926; highway surveyors account book, 1853-1870; miscellaneous records, 1780-1960"


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

  • Llancarfan School Board records          " .... comprising of minute books, 1873-1903"