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St Athan

"ATHAN, ST., in the Cwmwd of Maenor Glynn Ogwr, Cantref of Cron Nedd (now called the Hundred of Ogmore), County of GLAMORGAN, South Wales: a Rectory, valued in the King's Books at £15..9..7: Patron, Robert Jones, Esq.: Church dedicated to St. Athanasius. The Resident Population of this Parish, in 1801, was 264. The Money raised by the Parish Rates, in 1803, was £125..17..1, at 1s..8d. in the pound. It is 6 1/2 m. S. from Cowbridge. This Parish contains 1300 Acres of cultivated Land. In this Parish are the ruins of East Orchard, one of the twelve Norman Castles, and the Site of West Orchard, another Castle of later date: As well as the Port of West Aber Ddaw, so much noted for the superiority of its Lime. "
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. Tathan


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the St Athan 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. Tathan, and is in the Benefice of Eglwys Brewis with St. Athan with Gileston. 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 ST017680.

A transcription of the registers is available from the Glamorgan Family History Society for the years: Baptisms, 1677-1891, Marriages, 1683-1838, Burials, 1663-1899.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
1677-1695, 1750-1891 1683-1695, 1720-1964 1663-1695, 1719-1750, 1760-1767, 1771-1939 - 1721, 1724-1787, 1789-1820, 1822-1837

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

  • St Athan Ecclesiastical Parish records           "........ including registers of baptisms, 1677-1891; marriages, 1683-1964; burials, 1663-1939; civil records, 1785-1846"

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

  • St. Athan, St. Tathan - Christenings (BT's), 1813-1876
Non Conformist Registers Deposited at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Chapel Baptisms Marriages Burials OS Map Ref
Wesleyan 1849-1934 - - ST 01736793

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of St Athan which are provided by:

Places, villages, farms etc within St Athan 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 Glenys Travis)

  • St Athan [169] -  Beggars Bound, Breaksea Point, Broadway, Castle & Chapel (E of St Athan) (remains of) AM, Castleton, Golf Links, Hotel, Leys Beach, The Leys, Limpert, Llancadle, Mill, Old Mill, Oxmoor Wood, Penry Bay, Port of Aberthaw, St Athan, Seaview, Twyn Llewelyn AM, West Aberthaw, West Orchard Castle (remains of) AM.

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

East Orchard Castle, St Athan - on the Castle Wales site

St Athan - on Wikipedia


Transcript of complete name listing for St. Athan, with the parishes and villages of Eglwys Brewis, Gileston, Llancarfan and Penmark, from Slaters Directory for 1880.

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which St Athan 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

  • Castleton


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 ST017679 (Lat/Lon: 51.401534, -3.414549), St Athan which are provided by:


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

1841 - 379 1851 - 376 1861 - 357 1871 - 388 1881 - 378 1891 - 356

Public Records

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

  • St Athan Civil Parish records        "........ including vestry minutes book, 1855-1894; overseer's rate book, 1878-1893; overseer's receipt and payment book, 1870-1883; tithe plan and apportionment, 1841; miscellaneous papers, 1883-1909"