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Pontarddulais in the Parish of Llandeilo-Talybont

"PONTARDULAIS is a village in the parish of LlandiloTalybont, in the Gower division of the county of Glamorgan, with a junction station of the London, Midland and Scottish and Great Western railways, and is 228 miles from London, 12 north-west from Swansea and 7 north-east from Llanelly, in Swansea hundred, petty sessional division, union and county court district, rural deanery of East Gower, archdeaconry of Carmarthen and diocese of St. David's. The river Loughor bounds the parish on the western side and divides it from the adjoining county of Carmarthen. The village is lighted by electricity. St. Teilo's, the parish church of Landilo-Talybont, erected in 1851 and restored and reseated in 1879, at a cost of £550, is an edifice in the Gothic style, ...  there is a marble tablet to Capt. Jenkins and one to William Gronow esq.; there are 300 sittings: the old parish church of the same name was repaired in 1877, at a cost of £91, and again in 1900, at a cost of £100, but is now disused, except for an occasional service during the summer months. A new church was erected in 1900-1, at a cost of £2300. The register dates from the year 1790. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value £300, with residence, in the gift of the Bishop of St. David's and the Board of Patronage, .... A cemetery of 4½ acres was formed in July, 1903, for the parish of Llandilo-Talybont; it is under the control of the Parish Council. A pleasure ground of 33 acres was formed here in 1923, and is named Coed Bach Park. There are tinplate and chemical works, foundries and collieries. The Duke of Beaufort is lord of the manors of Ynysloughor, Glynlloughor, Pryscedwin and Gwenlais. The principal landowners are Sir J. T. Dillwyn-Llewelyn bart. D.L., J.P., J. G. Moore-Gwyn esq. J.P., N. P. Cameron esq. and Sir Marteine Owen Mowbray Lloyd bart. D.L., J.P. The soil is clay and gravel; subsoil, rock. The principal crops are wheat, barley, oats and roots. The area of Llandilo-Talybont parish is 7,524 acres of land and 34 of water; rateable value, £55,376; the population in 1911 was 10,705."  [From  Kelly's South Wales Directory 1923  (ArchiveCDBooks)  - transcribed by Gareth Hicks]


Business and Commerce Records

  • Clayton Tinplate Company Limited
    1883-1955: corporate records
    [British Steel Records Centre, Shotton, Shotton Works, Deeside CH5 2NH - Reference: HMC list]
  • Cory, Yeo & Company, colliery owners
    19th cent: records
    [West Glamorgan Archive Service, Swansea - Reference: D/D SB]
  • Pontardulais Chemical Company Limited
    1770-1937: deeds and papers, with Felinisha Mill
    [University of Swansea Library]
  • Teilo Tinplate Company Limited
    1869-1947: correspondents, ledgers, cost, stock and wages records
    [University of Swansea Library]

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

  • Teilo Tinplate Works           "Amended memorandum and new articles of association 1930; registers of members 1879-1938; register of mortgage debentures 1911; weekly reports concerning coal consumption, blackplate, yield etc. 1943-1947; balance sheet 1938; nominal ledger No. 3 1939-1950; cost sheets with attached list of staff salaries and balances of orders 1938-1939; makes, yields and cost-sheet 1945-1947; wage-cost sheet 1938-1939; weekly wage-analysis sheets 1943-1944; wage-cost sheet 1942-1947; stock file 1947."
    "The Teilo Tinplate Works were situated in Pontarddulais, West Glamorgan. In 1880 the Teilo Tinplate Company Limited was formed operating three mills on the site. The directors at this date included Messrs. William Bright of the Clayton works, Rees Harries, Thomas Williams, Dr. David Griffiths and E. Isaac .................."

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 is dedicated to St. Michael, is in the Benefice of Llandeilo-Talybont (Pontarddulais), and Diocese of Swansea and Brecon. Details of the present incumbent of this benefice can be found at the Church in Wales website.

Anglican Parish Registers
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
No Registers have been deposited yet
Non Conformist Registers Held at the West Glamorgan Record Office, Swansea
Chapel Baptisms Marriages Burials OS Map Ref
Trinity, Wesleyan 1810-1817, 1837-1856, 1885-1930 - - SN 59260348

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Historical Geography

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From Tin to Paraffin: the story of Thomas Brothers the Oil, Pontardulais   by David N Thomas - with photographs

From Fountain to River: Dylan Thomas and the Bont.   The article by Deric John and David Thomas  first appeared in the autumn 2010 issue of Cambria. The version on the website contains Notes and family trees, as well as an opportunity to view a good many photographs.

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

  • Glyn Hopkins Papers  [c. 1802]-1976 (accumulated [c. 1929]-1976)    "Papers of Glyn Hopkins, [c. 1802]-1976, mainly comprising his draft articles and historical notes relating to Llanedi and Yr Hendy, Carmarthenshire, and Pontarddulais, Glamorgan, and to local place names; and a vestry book, [c. 1802]-1827, of Llanedi."


Evans, E Lewis (ed). The history of Pontardulais & Rebecca in Pontardulais Translated in September 1985 by Ivor Griffiths from "Hanes Pontarddulais" written by various contributors in 1949. Index by Tina Morgan 2001

 John, Deric & Alun Rees et al.  Historical and Hysterical Tales of Pontardulais Public Houses. Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, Llanrwst, 2008.


Land and Property

Dyffryn estate, Pontardulais
1884-1954: rentals, vouchers, sale catalogues
[Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff]



Pontardulais Public Houses - a Deric John site

Graig Merthyr Colliery (near Pontardulais)  on the Welsh Coal Mines site



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

  • Pontarddulais School, records     ".... log books, 1878-1938"