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"A village in the south of Gower, on the shores of a large and beautiful bay. The church is interesting, and on the headland are the ruins of a castle."  [Glamorganshire, 1911]



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

References to the parish of Oxwich at the British Library

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

  • Parish Church of St. Illtyd


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

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. Illtyd, is in the Benefice of Oxwich with Penmaen with Nicholaston, and diocese of Swansea and Brecon. 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 SS505861.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
1772-1983 1777-1970 1772-1984 1824-1970 1671-1672, 1677-1679, 1681-1684, 1686-1687, 1690-1691, 1696, 1701, 1704, 1707-1708, 1710, 1713-1716, 1723, 1725, 1727-1731, 1735-1767, 1769-1771, 1773-1793, 1795-1796, 1798-1800, 1802-1803, 1805-1841, 1843-1844, 1847-1879, 1881-1882, 1885, 1887-1896, 1898-1899
(All held at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth)

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

  • Oxwich Ecclesiastical Parish Records            "Registers (including service and banns registers) 1772-1984; miscellaneous 1833-post 1884"


Non Conformist Registers Held at the West Glamorgan Record Office, Swansea
Chapel Baptisms Marriages Burials OS Map Ref
Oxwich Green, Wesleyan 1864-1913 - - SS 49448606

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

  • Oxwich, St. Illtyd - Christenings (BT's), 1813-1875

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Oxwich which are provided by:

Places, villages, farms etc within Oxwich 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 Mary Greatorex)

  • Oxwich (39): Camp, Castle, Coastguard Station, Eastern Slade, Hangman Cross, Holy Wash, Norton, Oxwich, Oxwich Burrows, Oxwichgreen, Oxwich Point, The Cove, The Sands, Western Slade.

Descriptions of parish from
A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (1833) by Samuel Lewis
A Topographical Dictionary of The Dominion of Wales by Nicholas Carlisle, London, 1811.

Oxwich Bay - on Wikipedia

Oxwich - on Explore-Gower

Oxwich - on the GGAT site


Transcript of complete name listing for the Gower parishes, from Slaters Directory for 1880.

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Oxwich 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

  • Norton
  • Oxwich Green
  • Slade
  • Slade Cross


Description & Illustrations of Oxwich Castle at www.castlewales.com by Jeff Thomas


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 SS500864 (Lat/Lon: 51.556440, -4.165169), Oxwich which are provided by:

Names, Personal

  • Collins family of Oxwich
    1430-c1800: deeds, family and estate papers
    [University of Swansea Library]


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

1841 - 345 1851 - 369 1861 - 328 1871 - 255 1881 - 229 1891 - 214

Public Records

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

  • Oxwich Parish Council records       "................ including minutes, 1894-1973; rate book, 1887-1888; financial records, 1951-1956; photocopy of tithe plan 1844, [late 20th century]."


The School, Oxwich - on People's Collection Wales (use search box)

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

  • Oxwich School Records        " ........ including log books, 1884-1961; class registers, 1882-1884; financial records, 1949-1960; correspondence, c.1895-1961."