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"PEN LLYNN, in the Cwmwd of Maenor Glynn Ogwr, Cantref of Cron Nedd (now called the Hundred of Ogmure), County of GLAMORGAN, South Wales: a discharged Vicarage valued in the King's Books at £4..15..2 1/2: Patron, Thomas Wyndham, Esq.: Church dedicated to St. Brynach. The Resident Population of this Parish, in 1801, was 263. The Money raised by the Parish Rates, in 1803, was £89..4..3, at 4s. 6d. in the pound. It is 3 1/2 m. N. b. N. from Cowbridge. According to the Diocesan Report, in 1809 the yearly value of this Benefice, arising from Tythes, Glebe, and Augmentation, was £35..14..10. The Castle is in ruins."   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.

References to Penllyn at the British Library


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

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. John Evangelist, and is in the Benefice of Cowbridge Details of the present incumbent of this benefice can be found at the Church in Wales website. The church can be found at grid reference SS979747.

See also St. Brynach, Llanfrynach

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
1813-1992 1813-1970 1813-1990 1824-1976 1721, 1723-1837

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Penllyn which are provided by:

Places, villages, farms etc within Penllyn 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)

  • Penllyn (110); Craig Penlline; Cymle; Dre-fechan; Fferm-goch; Ham; Llanfawr; Llwynhelyg Ho.; Moorland; Pen-fistla; Penlline (village); Penlline Moor; Penllyn Castle; Penllyne Court; Pentre Meyrick; Tewgoed; Ty- (tir y ? ); Ty-mawr.

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

Penllyn Castle - on the Castle Wales site


Transcript of name listing for Cowbridge, and neighbouring parishes from Commercial and Trade Directories, for the years:-

1850 (Slaters Directory)   1858-1859 (Slaters Directory)
1880 (Slaters Directory)      

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Penllyn 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

  • Homfray of Penllyn Castle
    1809-1957: deeds 1818-52, estate incl sale catalogues. 1847-1957, wills, settlements, trusts. 1809-1916, misc personal papers 19th cent
    [Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff - Reference: D/D Pe]
  • Lewis family of Penlline
    1757-1812: estate rental and accounts
    Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff]

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

  • Homfray of Penllyn Estate papers     1777-1983        "The Homfray family, long seated in Yorkshire, came to Glamorgan when Francis Homfray of Wollaston Hall, Worcestershire, married Hannah Popkin of Coytrahen (Coetre-hen), near Bridgend, Glamorgan. Francis, a successful iron-master in Staffordshire and Worcestershire, established an ironworks at Penydarren, Merthyr Tydfil. His third son, Jeremiah Homfray (1759-1833) gave up his share in the Penydarren works to his brother, Samuel in 1789. In 1813 Jeremiah was declared bankrupt. He fled to Boulogne to avoid paying his creditors. Jeremiah's son, John Homfray (1793-1877) purchased Penllyn Castle in the vale of Glamorgan in 1846. ..............................................."
  • Penlline [Penllyn] Civil Parish records        "........... comprising copy of tithe plan and apportionment, 1840"


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 SS979761 (Lat/Lon: 51.474571, -3.471525), Penllyn which are provided by:


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

1841 - 320 1851 - 338 1861 - 286 1871 - 320 1881 - 305 1891 - 275