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"LLAN HARY, in the Cwmwd of Maenor Rhuthyn, Cantref of Penythen (now called the Hundred of Cowbridge), County of GLAMORGAN, South Wales: a discharged Rectory valued in the King's Books at £5..12..8 1/2: Patron, Henry Streatfield, Esq.: Church dedicated to St. Arau. The Resident Population of this Parish, in 1801, was 194. The Money raised by the Parish Rates, in 1803, was £122..0..1 1/2, at 6s. 7d. in the pound. It is 4 m. N. b. E. from Cowbridge. This Parish contains from 800 to 1000 acres of inclosed Land. The present worthy Rector, The Rev. G. GRIFFITHS, has been Rector of this Parish 48 years. According to the Diocesan Report, in 1809, the yearly value of this Benefice, arising from Tythes, and Glebe, was £94..19..0."
(From: A Topographical Dictionary of The Dominion of Wales by Nicholas Carlisle, London, 1811)  


Archives and Libraries


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

Business and Commerce Records

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

  • Glamorgan Haematite Iron Ore Mine, Llanharry records    1906-1936          "Two sets of engines and pumps were supplied to the Cardiff Haematite Iron Ore Company Ltd, which operated Glamorgan Haematite Iron Ore Mine and Llanharry Iron Mine, by Hathorn, Davey & Co (Leeds), the first being ordered in October 1908. Additional pumps for the same plant were ordered in January 1911. A second plant was ordered in June 1916, but was not commissioned until January 8th 1920."

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

  • Parish Church of St. Illtyd
  • Peniel Chapel


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

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph of  Llanharry, St Illtyd's Church

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. Illtyd, and is in the Benefice of Llanharry. 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 ST003801.

A transcription of the registers is available from the Glamorgan Family History Society for the years: Baptisms, 1725-1901, Marriages, 1725-1837, Burials, 1725-1901. 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
1813-1983 1814-1983 1813-1982 - 1725-1744, 1747, 1751-1820, 1823-1836, 1838

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

  • Llanharry Ecclesiastical Parish records          "........ including registers of baptisms, 1813-1983; marriages, 1814-1983; burials, 1812-1982"

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

  • Llanharry, St. Illtyd - Christenings (BT's), 1823-1875

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Llanharry which are provided by:

"LLANHARY (LLAN-ARAU), a parish in the hundred of COWBRIDGE, county of GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES, 4 miles (N. N. E.) from Cowbridge, containing 208 inhabitants. The lands of this parish are generally enclosed, and in a good state of cultivation : a portion of its substrata consists of coal of good quality, which is worked for the supply of the immediate neighbourhood. The living is a discharged rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Llandaf, rated in the king's books at £5. 12. 8 1/2., and in the patronage of Richard Hoare Jenkins, Esq. The church is dedicated to St. Aran. There is a place of worship for Independents. Mr. Gibbon, of Newton House, near Cowbridge, bequeathed £ 10, the interest of which is annually distributed among the poor. The average annual expenditure for the maintenance of the poor is £78. 19."  ( A Topographical Dictionary of Wales by Samuel Lewis 1833)

Places, villages, farms etc within Llanharry 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)

  • Llanharry [107] - Celli gneuen, Coed Fforest, Coed Trecastell, Coed wiw, Cwm Graban (-gran in 1884), Degar Ty diffrwyth, Gwaun Llanharry, Iron Mine, Llechau, Llwyn-y-barcud, Pant gwyn, Pedair onen, Rectory, Torgelli, Ty-du, Ty-isaf, Tyle-garw, Tynewydd, Ty'n-y-waun.

Llanharry - on Wikipedia

Llanharry - on the Rhondda Cynon Taf Libraries Heritage Trail site

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Llanharry 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

  • Trecastell
  • Degar

Land and Property

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

  • Trecastle Estate, Glamorgan papers    1609-1941        "George Gibbon, living in 1609, is noted as residing in Trecastle, otherwise Tre'rcastell, Llanharry, Glamorgan, also known as Scurla Castle. His great-grandson, Thomas Gibbon (d 1699) died without issue, so that the estate passed to his wife, Jenet, daughter of Griffith Grant of Wilton. She bequeathed the estate to her great-nephew, Grant Gibbon (d 1771), son of William Gibbon of Pencraigadda, Glamorgan........................................."


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 ST005804 (Lat/Lon: 51.513686, -3.435315), Llanharry which are provided by:


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

1841 - 268 1851 - 261 1861 - 275 1871 - 290 1881 - 259 1891 - 280

Public Records

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

  • Llanharry Civil Parish records        " ...... comprising tithe plan and apportionment, 1843; altered tithe apportionment, 1924; list of landlords and tenements, 1896"