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"A parish in Gower on the east side of Oxwich bay. Overlooking a sandy creek are the ruins of a castle, and the face of the cliffs are perforated with bone caverns. The neighbouring village of Parkmill is much visited for its picturesqueness."   [Glamorganshire, 1911]



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


  • St Mary, Pennard Road, Church in Wales

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

  • Parish Church of St. Mary


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Pennard 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. Mary, is in the Benefice of Ilston with Pennard 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 SS566887.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
1743-1965 1743-1971 1743-1944 - 1677-1679, 1681-1684, 1686, 1690, 1693, 1696-1697, 1699-1702, 1704, 1707, 1710, 1713, 1716, 1718, 1725, 1727, 1729-1740, 1742-1771, 1773-1776, 1778-1780, 1782-1795, 1797-1800, 1802-1803, 1805-1806, 1808-1882, 1885, 1887-1891

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

  • Pennard, St. Mary - Christenings (BT's), 1813-1875

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Pennard which are provided by:

Places, villages, farms etc within Pennard 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)

  • Pennard (43): Bacon Hole,  Bishopton Valley, Camp, Church, Deep Slade, Fox Hole, Golf Links, Graves End, Great Kittle, Hael, High Penard, High Tor, Highway, Hunts, Inn, Kilvrough, Kilvrough Farm, Kittlehill, Kittle Inn, Langrove, Mitchin Hole, Moorlakes Wood, Murton, Penard, Penard Burch, Penard Burrows, Penard Castle, Penard Pill, Pwll-du Head, Sandylane, Shire Combe, Southgate, The Pit, Three Cliff Bay, Well, Widegate.
  • Pennard (43) detached : Chapel (?), Murton

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

Pennard - on the Enjoy-Gower 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 Pennard 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

  • Southgate
  • Stonemill
  • Widegate


Description and image of Pennard Castle at www.castlewales.com by Jeff Thomas

Pennard and Area Local History site  - includes the Kilvrough Estate and villages of Ilston, Kittle, Parkmill, Pennard and Southgate

Extract from the Manorial Rolls of Oystermouth and Pennard, 1662-1676 - on the People's Collection Wales site


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 SS543884 (Lat/Lon: 51.575539, -4.104016), Pennard which are provided by:


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

1841 - 372 1851 - 348 1861 - 321 1871 - 285 1881 - 269 1891 - 240

Public Records

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

  • Pennard Parish and Community Council Records           " ........ including minute books, 1953-2000; councillors' declarations of acceptance, 1948-1974; receipt and payment books, 1946-1984; photocopy [late 20th century] of tithe plan and apportionment, 1846."