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St Andrews Major

"ANDREW'S, ST., in the Cwmwd of Is Caeth, Cantref of Brenhinol (now called the Hundred of Dinas Powys), County of GLAMORGAN, South Wales: a Rectory, valued in the King's Books at £14..13..1 1/2: Patron, The King. The Resident Population of this Parish, in 1801, was 420. The Money raised by the Parish Rates, in 1803, was £273..19..8, at 6s. 9d. in the pound. It is 5 m. S. W. from Caerdiff. This Parish is inclosed. The name of the Village is Dinas Powys. It is situate near the Bristol Channel. The present worthy Rector, BENJAMIN HALL, D. D., most obligingly adds, "Here are the remains of an ancient Castle, called Dinas Powys Castle, formerly the property of Lord Brook, now of the Widow of the late William Hurst, Esq."
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.

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 St Andrews Major 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 ST. ANDREWS MAJOR, St. Andrew

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, and is in the Benefice of St. Andrews Major and Michaelston-le-Pit. 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 ST139714.

A transcription of the registers is available from the Glamorgan Family History Society for the years: Baptisms, 1696-1905, Marriages, 1696-1837, Burials, 1696-1901.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
1744-1757, 1771-1931 1749-1940 1745-1756, 1772-1940 1824-1920 1696, 1724-1837

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

  • St Andrews Major Ecclesiastical Parish records             "........ including registers of baptisms, 1744-1931; marriages, 1749-1940; burials, 1744-1940; banns, 1824-1920; services, 1917-1930; miscellaneous records, 1980"

Modern Parishes & Chapels of Ease :-

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

  • St. Andrews Major, St. Andrew - Christenings (BT's), 1791-1873

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of St Andrews Major which are provided by:

Places, villages, farms etc within St Andrews Major parishas 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)

  • St Andrews Major (178); Argae; Beauville; Biglis; Cadoxton Riv.; Castle (2); Cog Moors; Cross; Crow Hill; Dinas Powis (village);  Downs; Eastbrook; Golf Course; Greenyard; Murch; Old Court; Palmerstown; Pencoedtre Wood; Pop Hill; St Andrews Major (village); Southra; Westra; Wrinstone
  • Sheeping Moors (177) (Common to Cadoxton juxta Barry and St Andrews Major parishes); No place names shown

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

St Andrews Major - on Wikipedia

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which St Andrews Major 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

  • Murch
  • Southra
  • Westra


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 ST139715 (Lat/Lon: 51.435883, -3.240087), St Andrews Major which are provided by:


The Population of St Andrews Major was as follows, and a more detailed breakdown is available.

1841 - 497 1851 - 488 1861 - 570 1871 - 537 1881 - 576 1891 - 1,149

Public Records

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

  • St Andrews Major Civil Parish records      " ........ comprising tithe plan and apportionment, 1840; overseer's rate account, 1854; highway surveyor's accounts, 1853-1879; overseer's valuation, 1866; overseer's rate collection monthly statement book, 1886-1892; assistant overseer's receipt and payment books, 1891-1927; vestry minutes book, 1862-1894; parish council minutes books, 1894-1966; parish council committee minutes books, 1910-1964; parish council chairmans agenda book, 1941-1961; records and papers relating to Dinas Powis Free Library, 1939-1987; miscellaneous records and papers, 1894-1977"