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"A village in Gower near Oxwich Bay possessing the picturesque ruins of a once strong and extensive castle."          [Glamorganshire, 1911]



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

References to the village of Penrice at


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

  • Parish Church of St. Andrew


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Penrice 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. Andrew, is in the Benefice of Reynoldston with Penrice with Llangennith, 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 Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
1638-1652, 1677, 1682-1716, 1728-1812 1631-1675, 1681, 1724-1773, 1837-1970 1637-1657, 1681-1684, 1707-1716, 1724-1987 - 1672, 1677-1679, 1683, 1686-1687, 1690, 1701, 1708, 1710, 1713, 1716, 1718, 1725, 1727-1733, 1735-1745, 1747-1767, 1769-1771, 1774-1800, 1802-1803, 1805-1807, 1809-1836, 1838, 1840-1841, 1843-1844, 1846-1882
(At the National Library of Wales,Aberystwyth)

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

  • Penrice Ecclesiastical Parish Records               "Registers (including service and banns registers) 1631-1993"

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

  • Penrice, St. Andrew - Christenings (BT's), 1813-1875

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Penrice which are provided by:

Places, villages, farms etc within Penrice 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)

  • Penrice (38): Berry, Camp, Castle, Castle Farm, Corner house, Horton, Kittle Top, Mead Moor, Moor, Oldwall, Penrice, Penrice Castle, Pitt, Sanctuary, The Cross.
  • Penrice (38) (detached): Camp.

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


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

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Penrice 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

  • Pilton Green (see under Penmaen)
  • Scurlage


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

Penrice Castle - on Wikipedia

Land and Property

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

  • Penrice and Margam estate, records    1147-19 cent       "The ancestors of the Mansel family originated in Normandy and appear to have arrived in Britain with William the Conqueror. The Gower branch of the family lived in comparative obscurity during the Middle Ages, but through judicious marriages with local families they acquired the manors of Penrice, Oxwich and Port Eynon in 1410, which formed the basis of the family's Gower estates. Later purchases included the manors of Landimore (including Rhossili), Weobley and Reynoldston, and later still, portions of the Popkins and Lucas estates in Gower. During the 15th and 16th centuries the Mansels lived mostly at Oxwich Castle, but at the Dissolution of the Monasteries Sir Rice Mansel first leased and later bought the lands and buildings of the Abbey of Margam......................................."  
  • Penrice estate papers   1743-1955


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 SS493879 (Lat/Lon: 51.569731, -4.175902), Penrice which are provided by:


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

1841 - 385 1851 - 398 1861 - 307 1871 - 290 1881 - 260 1891 - 242

Public Records

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

  • Penrice Parish and Community Council Records       " ......... including minutes, 1895-2001; highway rate and account book, 1854-1855; tithe plan and apportionment, 1846."