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"A cathedral city on the banks of the Taff, near Cardiff. It was a bishopric of importance before the coming of the Normans, but the present cathedrale dates from the twelfth century, and though retaining its Norman doorways, belongs chiefly to the Early English and Decorated periods. It possesses a number of interesting monuments. On the high ground above the cathedral are the ruins of the ancient episcopal palace destroyed by Glyndwr in 1402."    [Glamorganshire, 1911]


Archives and Libraries

  • Bishop's Library
    The Ollivant Room,
    St. Michael's College,
    Cardiff, CF5 2YJ
    Tel: 01222 563379 (or +44 122 563379)
    By appointment only


Here is a substantial reading list of books which relate to Glamorgan, either county or parish.

References to the parish of Llandaff at

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

  • Cathedral Church of St. Peter & St. Paul


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

The Sound of Bells at Llandaff Cathedral

Chapels Database  - a  list of all known non-conformist chapels or other non-Anglican religions in the parishes of Roath, St Mary, St John and Llandaff

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

  • Llandaff Diocesan records     1465-2004

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 Cathedral church at Llandaff is dedicated to St. Peter & St. Paul, is in the Benefice of Llandaff with Capel Llanilltern, 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 found at grid reference ST156782.

A transcription of the registers is available from the Glamorgan Family History Society for the years: Baptisms, 1724-1844, Marriages, 1717-1838, Burials, 1724-1845. 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
1724-1933 1724-1939 1724-1068 1867-1905 1717, 1725-1751, 1753-1838

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

  • Llandaff Ecclesiastical Parish records         " ........... including registers of baptisms, 1724-1933; marriages, 1754-1939; burials, 1724-1968; papers relating to Llandaff Cathedral restoration appeal, c1983-1987"

Modern Parishes & Chapels of Ease :-

Non Conformist Registers Deposited
Chapel Baptisms Marriages Burials OS Map Ref Deposited
Chapel Street, Gilgal, Calvinistic Methodist - 1913-1927 - ST 15527790 NLW
Wesleyan 1892-1918 - - ST 15367796 GRO

GRO - Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
NLW - National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth

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

  • Llandaff, St. Peter & St. Paul - Christenings (BT's), 1813-1875

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

  • Llandaff Cathedral records     ". ............... 1824-1960: manuscripts and notes relating to the history of the diocese and Cathedral of Llandaff [c. 1845]-1944; chapter records, 1845-1948; documents relating to Llandaff Parish, 1858-1953; printed books pamphlets, etc, 1827-1945; manuscripts of Bishop Ollivant, 1824-1882; and newspaper cuttings and miscellaneous papers, 1879-1960."
  • Llandaff Cathedral, Dean and Chapter records        "Chapter act books, 1817-1964; and form of Oath to be taken by Canon on admission to Canonry, [19th century]."

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Llandaff which are provided by:

Places, villages, farms etc within Llandaff 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 Gareth Hicks) [NB; the boundary between Llandaff and Leckwith parishes is missing on the map, allocation between them may not be 100% accurate therefore]

  • Canton (141); Canton; Grangetown; GWR; Leckwith Moors; Penarth Flats; Rifle Range; Sanatorium; Viaduct; Ynis..? Fm.
  • Llandaff (142); Cath.; Ely; Ely Court; Ely River; Fairwater; Glamorgan Canal; Glan-Ely; Llandaff; Maendy; Mill; Pontcanna; River Taff; Rookwood; Villa;

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

Sketch of Llandaff Bridge by one of the Bacon sisters C19th - on the People's Collection Wales site (use search box)

Llandaff - on Wikipedia

Llandaff - the City within a City


Transcript of name listing for Llandaff, from Commercial and Trade Directories, for the years:-

1822-1823 (Pigot's Directory) (16k)   1858-1859 (Slater's Directory) (105k)
1880 (Slater's Directory)      

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Llandaff 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


The Manor of Llandaff - from Cardiff Records, Volume II, Chapter I  NOTES ON THE MANORS OF THE CARDIFF DISTRICT .  (British History Online)

The Manor of Llystalybont - from Cardiff Records, Volume II, Chapter I  NOTES ON THE MANORS OF THE CARDIFF DISTRICT .  (British History Online)

The Treasurer's Manor of Llandaff - from Cardiff Records, Volume II, Chapter I  NOTES ON THE MANORS OF THE CARDIFF DISTRICT .   (British History Online)  

Description of Llandaff Castle at www.castlewales.com by Jeff Thomas

Land and Property

  • Llandaff tithes
    1763-93: tithe account books
    [Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff - Reference: D/DE]


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 ST155781 (Lat/Lon: 51.495456, -3.218654), Llandaff which are provided by:

Names, Personal

  • Mathew family of Radyr and Llandaff
    17th-20th cent: deeds, estate and family papers
    [Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff - Reference: D/D Mat]

Politics and Government

  • Llandaff and Barry Conservative Association
    1918-61: minutes
    [National Library of Wales, Department of Manuscripts and Records - Reference: Minor lists 1987 pp14-15]


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

1841 - 1,276 1851 - 1,821 1861 - 6,585 1871 - 11,922 1881 - 17,950 1891 - 4,379

Public Records

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

  • Llandaff Burial Board records     " ....... 1859-1922, including minutes, 1859-1922; and receipts and payments book, 1884-1897."
    "Llandaff Burial Board was set up by the parish vestry in 1859, and purchased three pieces of land adjacent to Llandaff cathedral graveyard for a new cemetery, which opened in 1860. The Burial Board was reconstituted in June 1882 as the Llandaff District Burial Board. ............................................"
  • Llandaff Civil Parish records     " ........... including poor rate assessments, 1717-1750; vestry minutes book, 1842-1894; rate books, 1842-1846; parish council minute books, 1894-1922; copy of tithe plan and apportionment, c1845; miscellaneous documents, 1811-1937"  
  • Llandaff District Highway Board records                   "Minutes books, account books, ledgers, contract certificate books, correspondence books and miscellaneous papers, 1855-1898"

Religion and Religious Life

  • Llandaff Cathedral Choral Society
    c1937-82: records
    [Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff]
  • Llandaff Diocesan Lay Readers Association
    1902-61: records
    [National Library of Wales, Department of Manuscripts and Records]


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

  • Llandaff School Board records       " ....... comprising of minute book, 1900-1903"

Town Records

  • Charitable Trust of Illtid Nicholl, Llandaff
    1849-58: records
    [National Library of Wales, Department of Manuscripts and Records - Reference: NLW MS 11010]