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"PEN ARTH, in the Cwmwd of Is Caeth, Cantref of Brenhinol (now called the Hundred of Dinas Powys), County of GLAMORGAN, South Wales: a discharged Vicarage, with the Rectory of Llafernoc annexed, valued in the King's Books at £4..17..11: Patron, The Earl of Plymouth, as Lessee of the Great Tythes under the Dean and Chapter of Bristol: Church dedicated to St. Austin. The Resident Population of this Parish, in 1801, was 72. The Money raised by the Parish Rates, in 1803, was £41..13..7 3/4, at 5s. in the pound. It is 7 m. S.S. W. from Caerdiff. This Parish contains between eight and nine hundred acres of cultivated Land. It is situate at the entrance of the river Elay, and possesses one of the best and safest Harbours in the Bristol Channel. According to the Diocesan Report, in 1809, the yearly value of this Benefice, arising from Tythes, and Stipend, was £119..6..4."
From A Topographical Dictionary of The Dominion of Wales by Nicholas Carlisle, London, 1811.


Archives and Libraries

  • Penarth Public Library
    20th cent: records incl photographs [Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff]


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

Business and Commerce Records

  • Robert James Ltd (formerly T Emlyn Jones), ironmongers
    late 19th cent-20th cent: receipt books, copy letter books, catalogues and other records
    [Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff]
  • Charles Jones & Sons, florists
    1930-34: cash account book
    [Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff]
  • Pilot Inn
    19th cent-20th cent: business papers
    [Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff]
  • Sadler Bros Limited, garage proprietors
    1890-1951: records
    [Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff]
  • Charles Sadler & Sons, fruiterers and fishmongers
    1937-82: ledgers and cash book
    [Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff]
  • Florist
    1887-1910: ledgers
    [Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff]

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

  • Parish Church of St. Augustine


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Penarth 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 for St Augustine's

The church is dedicated to St. Augustine, is in the Benefice of Penarth with Lavernock, 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 ST189720.

A transcription of the registers is available from the Glamorgan Family History Society for the years: Baptisms, 1724-1900, Marriages, 1725-1837, Burials, 1724-1900. Visit their website for information on how to purchase these fiche.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
1813-1938 1813-1922 1813-1940 1824-1890, 1899-1905, 1913-1946 1724-1747, 1749, 1751-1813, 1815-1816, 1818-1825, 1827-1830, 1832-1837

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

  • Penarth Ecclesiastical Parish records            " ......... including registers of baptisms, 1813-1990; marriages, 1813-1979; burials, 1813-1998; banns, 1824-1998; services, 1921-1999; preachers books, 1875-1921; records related to: property, 1864-1902; licences, 1945; churchwardens, 1894-1901; chruch affairs, 1905-1987; civil parish, 1822-1872; Holy Nativity, Cogan, 1926-1937"

Modern Parishes & Chapels of Ease :-

Non Conformist Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Chapel Baptisms Marriages Burials OS Map Ref
Plasey Street, Tabernacle, Baptist 1917-1942 - - ST 18387192
Quakers - - 1911-1927 -

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

  • Penarth, St. Augustine - Christenings (BT's), 1819-1875

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Penarth which are provided by:

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

Places, villages, farms etc within Penarth 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)

  • Penarth (181); Castle; Cemetery; Coastguard Sta.; Custom Ho.; Dock; Golf Course; Lower Penarth; Penarth; Penarth Head; Pier; The Kymin; The Stairs;

Penarth town - community site

Penarth - on Wikipedia


Transcript of complete name listing for Penarth, and neighbouring parishes, from Slaters Directory for 1871.

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Penarth 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

  • Lower Penarth
  • Morristown


The Manor of Penarth - from Cardiff Records, Volume II, Chapter I  NOTES ON THE MANORS OF THE CARDIFF DISTRICT . (British History Online)

The South Wales Coal Annual for 1908; Edited by Joseph Davies. There are extracts of the sections on .......................... Penarth Docks


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 ST185715 (Lat/Lon: 51.436564, -3.173924), Penarth which are provided by:

Merchant Marine

The People's Collection Wales site has material for this parish, use the onsite search box

Names, Personal

Benjamin, Alwyn. A Statistical Comparison of the Principal Surnames in Use in Penarth (Gla), 1881 with those in use in Aberystwyth, 1871. Ceredigion, Vol IX/3 1982.   Despite the different dates used the two places in this comparison had roughly equal population totals and both were then active sea ports. Interesting to note that the top 12 names in Aberystwyth covered 58.9% of the total whilst in Penarth they only covered 16.9% (Jones was first in both cases).


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

1841 - 110 1851 - 105 1861 - 1,406 1871 - 2,612 1881 - 4,963 1891 - 9,632

Public Records

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

  • Penarth Civil Parish records       "........... comprising assistant overseers rate books, 1869-1891; gas rate books, 1870-1873; street lighting rate books, 1871-1876; sanitary rate book, 1875; copy of tithe plan and apportionment, 1847 [copied 1980]; notice of gas rate, 1873"
  • Penarth Local Board of Health   1875-1900   
  • Penarth Urban District Council records       1898-1974


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

  • Intermediate/Grammar school records    " ......... comprising of minute book, 1940-1952"  
  • Penarth School Board records        " ......... comprising minute books, 1874-1903; ledger, 1901-1903"

Penarth Society

  • Penarth Entomological and Natural History Society
    1888-1908: minutes
    [National Museum of Wales, Cardiff]