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St Brides super Ely

"ST. BRIDE'S, in the Cwmwd of Uwch Caeth, Cantref of Brenhinol (now called the Hundred of Dinas Powys), County of GLAMORGAN, South Wales: a discharged Rectory, united to the Rectory of Michaelston super Elay. The Resident Population of this Parish, in 1801, was 94. The Money raised by the Parish Rates, in 1803, was £72..1..4, at 3s. 4 1/2d. per acre. It is 7 m. W. b. N. from Caerdiff. This Parish contains 434 acres of Land. It is situate near the river Elay."     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. Bride
  • Ebenezer Congregational Church


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the St Brides super Ely 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

Glamorgan Chapels Database  project - a  list of all known non-conformist chapels or other non-Anglican religions in the parish. Only one chapel has been found in this parish, details below;

  • Ebenezer Independent chapel, St Bride's super Ely. ST09777764. Built in 1834, modified, altered or rebuilt in 1851, 1862 and 1905.  (From The Chapels Recording Project in Wales )
    See under Cemeteries above for MIs.
    Shown on the 1885 map on the old-maps site
    Opened in 1834, closed pre 1992 (My Ancestors were Congregationalists in England and Wales, by D J H Clifford, SOG, 1992.)
    Rees, Thomas & John Thomas. Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru (History of the Welsh Independent Churches), 4 volumes (published 1871+). Here is the entry for this chapel (in Welsh) - with translation by Steve Stephenson (Feb 2009)

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. Bride, and is in the Benefice of Peterston-super-Ely with St. Brides-super-Ely. 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 ST097776.

A transcription of the registers is available from the Glamorgan Family History Society for the years: Baptisms, 1717-1901, Marriages, 1724-1837, Burials, 1717-1902.


Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
1747-1991 1754-1835, 1837-1970 1747-1991 - 1717, 1724-1751, 1753-1760, 1762-1800, 1804-1821, 1823-1837

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

  • St Brides-super-Ely Ecclesiastical Parish records     " ........ including registers of baptisms, 1747-1991; marriages, 1754-1970; burials, 1747-1991; banns, 1829; services, 1897-1961; churchwardens accounts, 1922-1936"

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

  • St. Brides super Ely, St. Bride - Christenings (BT's), 1717-1870

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of St Brides super Ely which are provided by:

"BRIDES (ST.) SUPER ELY, a parish in the hundred of DINAS-POWIS, county of GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES, 5 1/2 miles (W. N. W.) from Cardiff, containing 128 inhabitants. This parish, which is of very small extent, is situated on the banks of the river Ely, and near the vale of that name, the scenery of which is pleasingly varied. The living is a discharged rectory, consolidated with the rectory of Michaelston super Ely, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Llandaf. The church is dedicated to St. Mary. St. y Nill, the seat of --- Jenkins, Esq., is a large house situated within its limits, commanding a fine view over the Vale of Ely. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor is £ 62. 12."   ( A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (1833) ) by Samuel Lewis

Places, villages, farms etc within St Brides-super-Ely 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 Gareth Hicks)

  • St Brides-super-Ely (144); Henstaff; Old Windmill; St Brides-super-Ely; St y-Nyll;


Transcript of name listing for Llandaff, with the parishes and villages of Caerau, Ely, Fairwater, Radyr, Llanilltern, St. Fagan's, Michaelston-super-Ely, and St Bride's-super-Ely from Slaters Directory for 1880.

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which St Brides super Ely 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

  • Saint-y-Nyll


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 ST097777 (Lat/Lon: 51.490962, -3.302079), St Brides super Ely which are provided by:


The Population of St Brides-super-Ely was as follows, and a more detailed breakdown is available.

1841 - 129 1851 - 115 1861 - 122 1871 - 103 1881 - 78 1891 - 94


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

  • St Georges and St Brides-super-Ely School Board records      " .. minute books, 1874-1903."