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Michaelston le Pit

"MICHAELSTON LE PIT, or, LLANFIHANGEL YN Y GWAELOD, 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..10..7 1/2: Patron, Thomas B. Rous, Esq.: Church dedicated to St. Michael.  The Resident Population of this Parish, in 1801, was 68.  The Money raised by the Parish Rates, in 1803, was, £35..16..0, at 5s. in the pound. It is 5 m. W.S.W. from Caerdiff.  This Parish contains about four hundred acres of cultivated Land, and about two hundred acres in Brakes and Underwood. According to the Diocesan Report, in 1809, the yearly value of this Benefice, arising from Tythes, and Augmentation, was £53..11..3."
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.

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

  • Parish Church of St. Michael and All Angels


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Michaelston le Pit 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- None found in this parish

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. Michael and All Angels, and is in the Benefice of St. Andrew's Major and Michaelston-le-Pit. 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 ST152730.

A transcription of the registers is available from the Glamorgan Family History Society for the years: Baptisms, 1724-1900, Marriages, 1724-1837, Burials, 1724-1900.

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

  • Michaelston-le-Pit Ecclesiastical Parish records                 " ......... including registers of baptisms, 1783-1980; marriages, 1813-1968; burials, 1784-1980; services, 1919-1934; papers relating to property, c1914- 1934; statistics, 1921-1924; miscellaneous papers, 19th and 20th centuries; churchwardens records, 1883-1972; vestry minute book, 1865-1927; church affairs and civil records, 1830-1842"
Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
1783-1980 1783-1787, 1813-1837, 1839-1968 1784-1980 - 1724-1725, 1729-1736, 1738-1753, 1755-1762, 1764-1837

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

  • Michaelston-le-Pit, St. Michael & All Angels - Christenings (BT's), 1813-1875

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Michaelston le Pit which are provided by:

"MICHAELSTON LE PIT, a parish in the hundred of DINAS-POWIS, county of GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES, 4 1/2 miles (S. W. by W.) from Cardiff, containing 105 inhabitants. Lias and mountain limestone, together with lead-ore, are found in this small parish, which is exclusively agricultural, and presents some fine well-wooded enclosures. Courtyrala, an Italian villa, the seat of T. B. Rous, Esq., is pleasantly situated above a stream artificially widened and improved, over which a rustic bridge has been formed, amid scenery of the most romantic and picturesque character : the grounds are disposed with great taste, and disclose, at various points of view, the most admired scenes of the adjacent country. The living is a discharged rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Llandaf, rated in the king's books at £ 4. 10. 7 1/2., endowed with £ 200 royal bounty, and £200 parliamentary grant, and in the patronage of T. B. Rous, Esq. The church is dedicated to St. Michael. A school for the education of children of both sexes is supported by the family of Rous. On the summit of a hill, in this parish, are vestiges of an earthwork, supposed to be of Roman construction. The average annual expenditure for the maintenance of the poor is £41. 3." ( A Topographical Dictionary of Wales by Samuel Lewis 1833)

Places, villages, farms etc within Michaelston-le-Pit 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 Gareth Hicks)

  • Michaelston-le-Pit (151); Michaelston le Pit; White Fm.

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Michaelston le Pit 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

  • Cwmtyrala
  • Wrinstone


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 ST152729 (Lat/Lon: 51.448664, -3.221725), Michaelston le Pit which are provided by:


The Population of Michaelston-le-Pit was as follows, and a more detailed breakdown is available.

1841 - 93 1851 - 87 1861 - 73 1871 - 100 1881 - 108 1891 - 102

Public Records

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

  • Michaelston-le-Pit Civil Parish records         " ............ comprising tithe plan and apportionment, 1945 [copied 1980]; highway surveyors' account book, 1865-1879; assistant overseers rate book, 1926; assistant overseers receipt and payment book, 1912-1927; parish meeting minutes book, 1894-1969"