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"REYNOLDSTON, a parish in the hundred of SWANSEA, county of GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES, 12 miles (W. by S.) from Swansea, containing 220 inhabitants.This place, which is situated in the peninsula of Gower, is supposed to derive its name from Reginald de Breos, who was lord of the manor, and is said to have been the founder of the church. The parish, which is of considerable extent, comprises some fine portions of arable and pasture land, which are enclosed and in a good state of cultivation, and a large tract of uncultivated and mountainous common, affording excellent pasturage for sheep, which are remarkable for the fineness of their wool, and the excellent quality of the mutton....................."           A Topographical Dictionary of Wales by Samuel Lewis 1833


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


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

  • Parish Church of St. George


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

Reynoldston Church

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. George, is in the Benefice of Port Eynon with Rhosili with Llanddewi with Knelston, 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 SS479900.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
1713-1971 1713-1786, 1813-1970 1713-1812 - 1682-1684, 1686, 1690, 1700, 1707-1708, 1710, 1712-1713, 1716, 1727-1731, 1733-1736, 1738-1742, 1744-1747, 1749-1758, 1760-1776, 1778-1791, 1793-1800, 1802-1803, 1805-1873
(At the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth)

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

  • Reynoldston Ecclesiastical Parish Records         "Registers (including service and banns registers) 1713-1993; Churchwardens' accounts 1846-1963; electoral roll 1920-1963; miscellaneous 1816-2000."


Non Conformist Registers deposited at the West Glamorgan Record Office, Swansea
Chapel Baptisms Marriages Burials OS Map Ref
Wesleyan 1864-1913 - - SS 48079011

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Reynoldston which are provided by:

Places, villages, farms etc within Reynoldston parish  as shown on the parish map on 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)

  • Reynoldstone (30): Fairyhill, Frog Moor, Little Reynoldstone, Reynoldstone, Stout Hall, Ty Bryn.

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.

Reynoldston - on Explore-Gower

Reynoldston  - village site with history section


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


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

  • Lucas family of Reynoldston papers          1720-1936          "The Lucas family have been living on the Gower peninsula for at least 500 years. They have been traced back to one Jeffrey Lucas who lived probably in Reynoldston parish. The Lucas family have been well documented.............................. The Lucas family lived at Stouthall in the parish of Reynoldston"

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Reynoldston 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

  • Stouthall


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 SS480899 (Lat/Lon: 51.587352, -4.195511), Reynoldston which are provided by:

Names, Personal

  • Benson family of Reynoldston
    1827-1922: deeds and leases mainly relating to industrial activity
    [West Glamorgan Archive Service, Swansea - Reference: D/D SB 12]


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

1841 - 258 1851 - 315 1861 - 270 1871 - 277 1881 - 309 1891 - 307

Public Records

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

  • Reynoldston Parish and Community Council Records              ".......... including minutes, 1894-1994; photocopy, [late 20th century], of tithe plan, 1838."


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

  • Reynoldston, later Knelston, School, records             "........ log books, 1874-1969."
    ".............was an elementary school in Renoldston, Gower, Glamorgan. It was later renamed Knelston School, with a new school building being built in 1969. ............."