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Merthyr Dyfan

"MERTHYR DYFAN, in the Cwmwd of Is Caeth, Cantref of Brenhinol (now called the Hundred of Dinas Powys), Co. of GLAMORGAN, South Wales: a discharged Rectory valued in the King's Books at £4..17..3 1/2: Patron, Robert Jenner, Esq.: Church dedicated to St. Dyfan.  The Resident Population of this Parish, in 1801, was 128.  The money raised by the Parish Rates, in 1803, was £105..4..5 3/4.  It is 7 m. S. W. from Caerdiff.  This Parish contains about 1100 acres (including some profitable Wood-lands) of inclosed and cultivated Land.  The Inhabitants of the Extra-Parochial district of Highlight attend Divine Service at this Church.  According to the Diocesan Report, in 1809, the yearly value of this Benefice, arising from Tythes, and Rent of Glebe, was £64..16..8."  From:  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.


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

  • Parish Church of St. Dyfan & St. Teilo


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

Glamorgan Chapels Database  - no non-conformist chapels found in this parish

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph

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. Dyfan and St. Teilo, and is in the Benefice of Merthyr Dyfan. 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 ST115694.

A transcription of the registers is available from the Glamorgan Family History Society for the years: Baptisms, 1724-1886, Marriages, 1728-1836, Burials, 1724-1900.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
1813-1965 1754-1812, 1814-1836, 1839-1970, 1972-1980 1813-1990 1754-1812, 1901-1953 1724-1743, 1745-1765, 1767-1837

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

  • Merthyr Dyfan Ecclesiastical Parish records             " ........... including registers of burials, 1813-1990; baptisms, 1813-1965; marriages, 1754-1980; registers of marriage for St. Paul's Church Barry, 1901-1991"

Modern Parishes & Chapels of Ease :-

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

  • Merthyr Dyfan, SS. Dyfan & Teilo - Christenings (BT's), 1814-1875

Description and Travel

Places, villages, farms etc within Merthyr Dyfan 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 Glenys Travis)

  • Merthyr Dyfan [174] -  BARRY, Bryn-Hill-fawr, Cem., Coed Mawr Hospital, Coll.?, Hospital, Merthyr Dyfan, Reservoirs, Walters Fm.

"MERTHYR-DOVAN (MERTHYR-DYVAN), a parish in the hundred of DINAS-POWIS, county of GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES, 8 miles (S. W.) from Cardiff, containing, with Highlight, 130 inhabitants. This small parish, bordering on the Bristol channel, is in general hilly, and the inhabitants are exclusively employed in agriculture. The living is a discharged rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Llandaf, rated in the king's books at £4. 17. 3 1/2., endowed with £200 royal bounty, and in the patronage of R. F. Jenner, Esq. The church, dedicated to St. Dovanus, is situated in a valley watered by a small stream which passes near Cadoxton, and falls into the Bristol channel at Barry Island. Highlight is an extra-parochial district, the property of C. K. K. Tynte, Esq., for ecclesiastical purposes attached to this parish, the inhabitants attending divine service here. The late Mr. Richards, of Barry, left £40, and the late Rev. Mr. Powel, £50, directing the interest to be given weekly to the poor in bread. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor is £84. 1." ( A Topographical Dictionary of Wales by Samuel Lewis 1833)

You can see pictures of Merthyr Dyfan which are provided by:

Historical Geography

Some of the hamlets, towns and villages within this parish

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


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 ST115695 (Lat/Lon: 51.417533, -3.274105), Merthyr Dyfan which are provided by:


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

1841 - 130 1851 - 152 1861 - 143 1871 - 146 1881 - 102 1891 - 4,279

Public Records

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

  • Merthyr Dyfan Civil Parish records                  ".......... comprising tithe plan and apportionment, 1842"