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Michaelston super Avon

"MICHAELSTON super AFAN, in the Cwmwd of Rhwng Nedd ac Afan, Cantref of Cron Nedd (now called the Hundred of Neath), Co. of GLAMORGAN, South Wales: a Perpetual Curacy, not in charge: Patron, Lord Vernon: Church dedicated to St. Michael.  The Resident Population of this Parish, in 1801, was 232.  The Money raised by the Parish Rates, in 1803, was, £74..9..6. It is 5 m. S.S.E. from Neath.  This Parish contains about 1500 acres of inclosed and cultivated Land, and about 1000 acres of Moutain.  The Tythes are attached to the estate of The Right Honourable Lord Vernon.  It is situate upon the river Afan.  According to the Diocesan Report, in 1809, the yearly value of this Benefice, arising from Stipend, and Augmentation, was £60."
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 Michaelston super Avon 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

See John Ball's site Welsh Churches and Chapels Collection for a photograph/data re St Michael's Church, Cwmafan

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, is in the Benefice of Cwmavon (Michaelston-super-Avon), 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 SS781919.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
1785-1890 1786-1930 1785-1862, 1868-1890 1827-1830, 1835-1843, 1845-1890 1696, 1723-1728, 1730-1819, 1821-1837


Michaelston-super-Avon Ecclesiastical Parish records          " .......... including registers of baptisms, 1785-1890; marriages, 1786-1930; burials, 1785-1890; banns, 1827-1849; services for St Michaels Church, 1911-1935; services for All Saints, Cwmavon, 1905-1948; parochial church council accounts, 1933-1972"

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

  • Michaelston-super-Avon, St. Michael - Christenings (BT's), 1813-1870

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Michaelston super Avon which are provided by:

Places, villages, farms etc within Michaelston-super-Avon  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 Lower (48); Bryn; Bwlch; Chimney ?; Coal Level; Coed-y-parc; Cwmavon (village); Foel Fynyddon; Pant-du;
  • Michaelston Higher (49); Afon Afan; Avan Vale Colliery; Bol Las; Cefnmawr; Coal Level (3); Craig Gyfylchi; Cwm Pelenna; Efail-fach; Fforch Dwm; GWR; Gyfylchi; Lletty-lwtd; Moel Troed-y-rhiw; Mynydd Canol; Mynydd Fforch Dwm; Mynydd Nant-y-bar; Mynydd Pen Rhys; Mynydd Rhiw-gregen; Nant Blaen Pelena; Nant Cregen; Nant-y-bar; Pen Moelgrochlef; Pen Rhys Fawr; Pont-rhyd-y-fen; Rhiw-cregen; Ton-mawr; Tunnel; Twyn Pum Erw; Tyle'r-waun; Tynton;

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


Transcript of name listing for Michaelston-super-Avon, from Commercial and Trade Directories, for the years:-

1871 (Post Office Directory)    

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Michaelston super Avon 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

  • Brynbryddan
  • Cerrig Llwydron
  • Coed-y-parc
  • Cwmavon
  • Efail fach


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 SS781919 (Lat/Lon: 51.612648, -3.761966), Michaelston super Avon which are provided by:


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

1841 - 2,531 1851 - 6,074 1861 - 6,184 1871 - 5,920 1881 - 5,493 1891 - 6,109