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"LLAN WYNO, in the Cwmwd of Meisgyn, Cantref of Penythen (now called the Hundred of Miskin), County of GLAMORGAN, South Wales: a Curacy, not in charge, to the Vicarage of Llan Trisaint: Patron, The Vicar of Llan Trisaint: Church dedicated to St. Gwyno. The Resident Population of this Parish, in 1801, was 426. The Money raised by the Parish Rates, in 1803, was £362..9..9, at 9s. 6d. in the pound. It is 7 1/2 m. N. from LLan Trisaint. This Parish contains about 2000 acres of cultivated Land, and about 2000 acres which are uncultivated. According to the Diocesan Report, in 1809, the yearly value of this Benefice, arising from Stipend, and Augmentation, was £18." (From: A Topographical Dictionary of The Dominion of Wales by Nicholas Carlisle, London, 1811)


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

Baldwin, Bernard.  Mountain Ash and Penrhiwceiber remembered in Pictures, 1986.  Index by Jill Smith

Rhondda, A second selection [Archive Photograph Series]. Indexed by Allen Powell

Thomas, Rev W. Glanffrwd's History of Llanwonno, 1843-90 (Hanes Plwyf Llanwonno);  published in 1888 in serial form in the 'Darian' (Aberdare) &  translated by Thomas Evans in 1950;  published by Merthyr Express. 210 pp. Indexed by Glenys Travis (with chapter headings)

St Donat, Carnetown
St Paul, Birchgrove, Porth
Baptist Chapel, Cefnpennar
Bethesda English Baptist Chapel, Penrhiwceibr A Ynys-Boeth
Bethesda Welsh Baptist Chapel, Trehafod
Bethesda Welsh Baptist Chapel, Trehafod, Ponytpridd
Bethlehem English Baptist Chapel, Mount Pleasant, Porth
Ffrwd Welsh Baptist Chapel, Aberpennar, Mountain Ash
Jerusalem Welsh Baptist Chapel, Penrhiwceibr A Ynys-Boeth
Moriah Baptist Chapel, Abercynon
Nazareth Baptist Chapel, Abercynon
Nazareth English Baptist Chapel, Aberpennar, Mountain Ash
Noddfa Welsh Baptist Chapel, Ynysybwl
Penuel English Baptist Church, Trehafod
Pisgah Baptist Chapel (Mount Pisgah), Aberpennar, Mountain Ash
Rhos Welsh Baptist Chapel, Aberpennar, Mountain Ash
Salem Welsh Baptist Chapel, Porth
Seion Baptist Chapel, Birchgrove, Porth
Tabernacle English Baptist Chapel, Tyntetown, Ynys-Boeth, Penrhiwceibr
Zion English Baptist Chapel, Ynys-Y-Bwl
Abercynon Primitive Methodist Chapel;Forward Movement Church Of Wales, Abercynon
Bethel Calvinistic Methodist Chapel (Fan-Heulog), Ynys-Y-Bwl
Bethel Welsh Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Penrhiwceibr
Bethesda Primitive Methodist Chapel, Miskin, Aberpennar, Mountain Ash
Bethlehem Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Porth
Bethlehem Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Chapel (Presbyterian), Aberpennar, Mountain Ash
Bryn Seion Welsh Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Aberpennar, Mountain Ash
Bryngolwg Calvinistic Methodist Mission Hall, Miskin
Calfaria Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Chapel (Presbyteriaid Cymru), Porth
Carmel Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Abercynon
Central Hall Methodist Chapel, Abercynon
Cwm Clydach Primitive Methodist Chapel, Ynysybwl?
Darran Road English Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Aberpennar, Mountain Ash
Dyffryn Calvinistic Methodist Chapel (Presbyterian), Aberpennar, Mountain Ash
Ebenezer Welsh Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Ynysybwl
Free Mission Hall (Wesleyan Methodist), Porth
Hermon Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Penrhiwceibr A Ynys-Boeth
Hope English Primitive Methodist Chapel / Penrhiwceibr Mission, Penrhiwceibr; Penrhi
Jerusalem Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Chapel (Welsh Presbyterian), Ynysybwl
Noddfa Calvinistic Methodist Chapel / Elim Pentecostal, Aberpennar, Mountain Ash
Penuel English Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Penrhiwceibr A Ynys-Boeth
Porth English Calvinistic Methodist Chapel Porth Street, Porth
Presbyterian Chapel (Welsh Calvinistic Methodist),, Ynysybwl
Trecynon English Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Trecynon, Aberdare
Trehafod English Wesleyan Methodist Church, Trehafod
United Free Methodist Mission Chapel, Birchgrove, Porth
Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Ynysybwl
Zion Primitive Methodist Chapel, Newtown, Aberpennar, Mountain Ash
Roman Catholic
St Thomas the Apostle, Abercynon
Abercynon English Congregational Chapel (Navigation), Abercynon
All Saints, Matthewstown And Ynysboeth
Bethania Welsh Independent Chapel (Llwyncelyn), Porth
Bethania Welsh Independent Chapel, Abercynon
Bethania Welsh Independent Chapel, Aberpennar, Mountain Ash
Bethany, Penrhiwceibr A Ynys-Boeth
Bethel Welsh Independent Chapel, Miskin; Meisgyn, Aberpennar, Mountain Ash
Bethel Welsh Independent Chapel, Trehafod
Bethel, Abercynon
Bryn Moriah, Aberpennar, Mountain Ash
Calfaria, Abercynon
Canaan Independent Chapel, Meisgyn, Aberpennar; Miskin, Mountain Ash
Canalside Building / St Gwynno'S Church, Lock Yr Odyn, Abercynon
Capel-Y-Porth Welsh Independent Chapel, Police Station Hill, Porth
Carmel Welsh Independent Chapel, Penrhiwceiber, Penrhiwceibr
Christchurch, Ynysybwl
Christian Spiritualist Church, Porth
Cymmer Independent Chapel, Cymmer, Porth
Ebenezer Methodist Chapel, Aberpennar, Mountain Ash
Ebenezer, Porth
Elim Pentecostal Church (Ebenezer), Porth
English Congregational Chapel, Ynysybwl
English Congregational Church (United Reformed Church), Porth
Gorffwysfa, Aberpennar, Mountain Ash
Hall, Ynysybwl
Hebron, Penrhiwceibr; Penrhiwceibr A Ynys-Boeth
Hen Dy Cwrdd Unitarian Chapel;Old Meeting House, Trecynon, Aberdare
Moriah,, Meisgyn, Aberpennar; Miskin, Mountain Ash
Mortuary Chapel, Mountain Ash
Mynydd Seion English Independent Chapel (Elim Pentecostal), Abercynon
New Road, Ynys-Y-Bwl
Ochr-Yr-Hafod (Graigwen), Trehafod
Our Lady Of Lourdes, Miskin
Providence Independent Chapel / United Reformed Church, Mountain Ash
Salvation Army Chapel (Hallelujiah Hall), Porth
Soar Independent Chapel, Aberpennar, Mountain Ash
St Barnabus, Trehafod
St Gwynno, Llanwonno;Llanwynno
St John the Baptist, Miskin
St Luke, Llwyncelyn, Porth
St Paul, Porth
St Teilo, Miskin
Tabernacle (Welsh Independent), Ynysybwl
Tabernacle Welsh Independent Chapel, Ynys-Y-Bwl
Tabernacle Welsh Presbyterian Chapel, Abercynon
Wesley United Church, Abercynon
Ynys-Boeth (Carmel), Ynys-Boeth, Penrhiwceibr A Ynys-Boeth

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Llanwonno area or see them printed 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

See John Ball's site Welsh Churches and Chapels Collection for a photograph/data re St Gwynno'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. Gwynno, is in the Benefice of Llanwynno, and the diocese of Llandaff. 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 ST030956.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
1717-1897 1717-1910 1717-1894 - 1717, 1724-1837

Modern Parishes & Chapels of Ease :-

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

  • Llanwonno, St. Gwynno - Christenings (BT's), 1826-1860

Description and Travel

Places, villages, farms etc within Llanwonno 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 John Ball)

  • Llanwonno [69] - Abercynon, Blaenhenwysg, Blaenllechau, Bryn-goleu, Buarth-capel, Caer Maen, Carn-y-Wiwer, Cefn, Cefn-llechau-uchaf, Coed Pen-y-parc, Cribyn-du, Dduallt, Cwm, Darwonno, Fanhaulog, Fforest-isaf, Ffynnon-dwyn, Gelli-fendigaid, Gelli-isaf, Gelli-lwch, Gelli-Wrgan, Gilfach-glyd, Gilfach-y-rhyd, Glog, Glyn-coch, Glyn-ddwynant, Gyfeillon, Hafod, Hendre-Rhys, Hopkinstown, Kennel, Lan, Llanwonno, Llwynperdid, Llysnant, Maen Tri-gwr, Maerdy, Miskin, Mynachdy, Nant-yr-ysfa, New Road, Newtown, Nyth-bran, Pant-y-craig-wen, Parc-newydd, Pendyrys Colliery, Pen Lan, Pen-rhiw, Penrhiwceiber, Penrhiw-Cradoc, Pentwyn, Pen-y-parc, Pen-y-wal, Perthgelyn, Pistyll-goleu, Porth, Pwll-helyg, Reservoir, Rhiw-yr-uchain, St Gwynno's Well, Stanleytown, Tai'r-heol, Twyn Brynbychan, Ty-bach, Tyntetown, Tyn-y-wern, Ty'r-y-gelli, Ty'r-gweydd, Wattstown, Y Ffrwd, Ynys-boeth, Ynys-y-bwl

Description of parish from A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (1833) by Samuel Lewis.

Walks around Llanwonno

You can see pictures of Llanwonno which are provided by:


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

1880 (Slaters Directory); PONTYPRIDD with the parishes and villages of Llantwit Vardre, Llanvabon,
Llanwonno, Britannia, Graig-Berthllwyd, Cymmer, Dinas, Eirw, Garth,
Gyfeillon, Glyn-Taff, Hafod, Hopkinstown, Nantgarw, Navigation, Nelson,
Pont-Shon-Norton, Porth, Quaker's Yard, Rhydyfelin, Trebanog, Trehafod,
Treforest, Tymawr and Upper Boat


Extract From Kelly's South Wales Directory 1923  (ArchiveCDBooks)  - transcribed by Gareth Hicks

  • "WATTSTOWN is a township forming part of the Urban District of Rhondda, 1½ miles south from Tylor's Town. St. Thomas's Mission church here, attached to St. Ann's church at Ynyshir, is an iron structure; the Rev. Pierce Price B.A. is curate. There are Welsh Baptist and Independent chapels. The United National Collieries are here."

Historical Geography

Some of the hamlets, towns and villages within this parish

You can see the administrative areas in which Llanwonno has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

Ask for a calculation of the distance from Llanwonno to another place.


Historical snippets re 'the Rhondda', various contributors

Land and Property

  • William family of the Glog, Llanwonno
    1641-20th century: deeds (3) 1641, 1733, 1748, family and estate papers 18th-20th century
    [National Library of Wales, Department of Manuscripts and Records]


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 ST030956 (Lat/Lon: 51.650752, -3.403502), Llanwonno which are provided by:


Local collieries not shown elsewhere on this site;


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

1841 - 1,614 1851 - 4,096 1861 - 4,415 1871 - 11,434 1881 - 18,652 1891 - 30,712

Public Records

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

  • Llanwonno Civil Parish records          " ....... comprising rate books, 1850-1875; valuation lists, 1881-1882; copy of tithe plan and apportionment, 1842 (copied c 1980)"


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

  • Llanwonno School Board records       " ..... comprising minute books, 1871-1903; letter books, 1895-1906; ledger, 1894-1899; teacher's salaries books, c. 1890-1900; cookery account book, 1899-1908"