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Merthyr Mawr

"MERTHYR MAWR, in the Cwmwd of Maenor Glynn Ogwr, Cantref of Cron Nedd (now called the Hundred of Ogmore), Co. of GLAMORGAN, South Wales: a Perpetual Curacy, not in charge, of the certified value of £13..6..8: Patron, The Archdeacon of Llandaff: Church dedicated to St. Teilo.  The Resident Population of this Parish, in 1801, was 138.  The Money raised by the Parish Rates, in 1803, was £80..11..0, at 3s. 7d. in the pound.  It is 7 m. S.W. from Cowbridge.  This Parish contains from eight hundred to one thousand acres of Land: one hundred of which are Sand banks, that cannot be cultivated. Here are the vestiges of an old Chapel, commonly called Cappel St. Roque. According to the Diocesan Report, in 1809, the yearly value of this Benefice, arising from Stipend, and Augumentation, was £42..16..4.  It is a well-wooded, pleasant village, on the Western bank of the river Ogwr: and on the Eastern side are the remains of a strong Castle, which was erected by William de London, who possessed the Lordship of Aber Ogwr."   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.


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Merthyr Mawr 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 conconformist 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. Teilo, and is in the Benefice of Laleston with Tythegston and Merthyr Mawr. 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 SS883775.

A transcription of the registers is available from the Glamorgan Family History Society for the years: Baptisms, 1696-1899, Marriages, 1737-1836, Burials, 1696-1899.


Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
1749-1981 1756-1970 1749-1988 - 1696, 1721, 1723-1837

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

  • Merthyr Mawr Ecclesiastical Parish records         " .......... including registers of baptisms, 1749-1981; burials, 1749-1988; marriages, 1756-1970; banns, 1823-1988; services, 1900-1954; records relating to: property, 1856-1920; churchwardens, 1768-1931; miscellaneous and civil matters, 1767-1934; parochial church council, 1926"

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

  • Merthyr Mawr, St. Teilo - Christenings (BT's), 1813-1871

Description and Travel

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

Places, villages, farms etc within Merthyr Mawras 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)

  • Merthyr Mawr (103); Bevos Fm.; Black Rocks; Buildings; Candleston; Candleston Castle; Chapel Hill; Cog-y-Brain; Craig y Parcau; Cwm Quintin; Cwm y Gaer; Golf Links; Merthyr Mawr; Merthyr Mawr Ho.; Merthyr Mawr Warren; Ogmore (Ogwr) River; R. Range; Traeth yr Afon; Tyle; Warren; Whitney; Wick Fach; Y Gaer; Ysgubor Quintin.

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

Merhyr Mawr - on Wikipedia

Abandoned C19th Rifle Range on Merthyr Mawr, 1931 - on the People's Collection Wales site

The 'Old Portway' abandoned road across Merthyr Mawr sand dunes, 1931 - on the People's Collection Wales site


Transcript of name listing for Bridgend and district, from Slaters Directory for 1880.

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Merthyr Mawr 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

Land and Property

  • Merthyr Mawr tithes
    1825-42: tithe surveys compiled prior to award 1829-35, accounts and papers rel to commutation 1825-42
    [Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff - Reference: D/DN]
  • Nicholl family of Merthyr Mawr
    c1420-1966: deeds c1420-1957, manorial and estate papers 1619-1966, probate etc 1830-1936, legal papers 19th cent, personal papers 1787-19th century
    [Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff - Reference: D/DN]

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

  • Merthyr Mawr estate collection       1662, 1730-1966  & [c. 1420]-1966     "The Nicholl family of Merthyr MawrGlamorgan, was a junior branch of the Nicholl family of Ham, Glamorgan. John Nicholl (d 1773) of Llanmaes, Glamorgan, third son of the Rev. Iltyd Nicholl of Ham, was the father of Sir John Nicholl (1759-1838), Dean of the Court of Arches, Judge of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Judge of the High Court of Admiralty, 1833, and Vicar-General of the Archbishop of Canterbury, 1834, who was mainly responsible for establishing the Merthyr Mawr estate............................."


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 SS884775 (Lat/Lon: 51.485358, -3.608701), Merthyr Mawr which are provided by:


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

1841 - 147 1851 - 154 1861 - 174 1871 - 144 1881 - 120 1891 - 121

Public Records

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

  • Merthyr Mawr Civil Parish records          " ....... comprising tithe plan and apportionment, 1843-1844; parish meeting minutes, 1894-1968"

Social life and Customs

  • Nicholl's Cricket XI, Merthyrmawr
    c1876-1930: score book
    [Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff - Reference: F/137]