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St Fagans

"A village four miles west of Cardiff. A desperate engagement between the Royalist and Parliamentary forces took place in the neighbourhood in 1648. St Fagans Castle is a large Tudor residence built on the site of a medieval stronghold. The church exhibits some Decorated work."    [Glamorganshire, 1911]

Archives and Libraries

  • Museums
    • Museum of Welsh Life
      St Fagans, Cardiff, CF5 6XB
      Telephone: U.K. 01222 573500 ext 437, Overseas +44 1222 573500 ext 437
      Fax: U.K. 01222 573490, Overseas +44 1222 573490


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

Index to the book "Annals of St. Fagan's with Llanillterne - An Ancient Glamorgan Parish", indexed by David Webb.

Business and Commerce Records

  • Samuel William Coslett, blacksmith
    1925-35: account book
    [Museum of Welsh Life - Reference: 1887]
  • Butcher
    1853-98: account book
    [Museum of Welsh Life, St Fagans - Reference: 2517]

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

  • Parish Church of St. Mary


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the St Fagans 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 of St Mary's 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. Mary, and is in the Benefice of Peterston-super-Ely with St. Fagans with Michaelston-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 ST122772.

A transcription of the registers is available from the Glamorgan Family History Society for the years: Baptisms, 1589-1882, Marriages, 1689-1837, Burials, 1689-1884.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
1689-1882 1689-1837 1689-1966 1756-1812 1717, 1724-1837
Non Conformist Registers Held at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
Chapel Baptisms Marriages Burials OS Map Ref
Tabernacle, Calvinistic Methodist 1866-1965 - - ST 11967745

Description and Travel

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

Places, villages, farms etc within St Fagans 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 Fagans (143); Castle; Croft-y-genau; Culver Ho.; Great Western Ry.; Llanfair-fach; Llanmaes; Llwyn-yr-eos; Mill; Old Windmill; Pentre-banau; Rhyd-lafar Cross Roads; St Fagans (village); Stockland; Tre-gyrnog; Tynewydd; Viaducts

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.

St Fagans National History Museum  - on Wikipedia


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 Fagans 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

  • Llanmaes
  • Pentrebane

Land and Property

  • St Fagans tithes
    1838-40: tithe papers
    [Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff - Reference: D/D Pl]
  • Windsor-Clive family, Earls of Plymouth: St Fagans
    • 1301-1844: deeds, manorial and estate papers, Brecon, Denbighs, Flints, Glamorgan, Merioneth, Mon, Cheshire, Salop, Berks, Dorset, Som, Wilts
      [National Library of Wales, Department of Manuscripts and Records - Reference: NLW MS 3429]
    • 18thcent-19th cent: deeds and estate papers
      [Hereford and Worcester Record Office, County Hall, Spetchley Road, Worcester WR5 2NP - Reference: 705:128/705:263/705:54]
    • 18thcent-20th cent: estate papers
      [Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff - Reference: D/D Pl]
    • 1909-65: estate papers
      [Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff]
    • 1908-31: collection of maps, plans etc relating to park, and woods managers compilation relating to enclosure
      [Museum of Welsh Life, St. Fagans - Reference: 1800]


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 ST122772 (Lat/Lon: 51.486862, -3.265955), St Fagans which are provided by:


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

1841 - 424 1851 - 515 1861 - 506 1871 - 536 1881 - 483 1891 - 490

Public Records

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

  • St Fagans Civil Parish records     " ..... comprising copy of tithe plan and apportionment, 1840 [copied 1980]; assistant overseer's rate book, 1926; assistant overseer's receipt and payment book, 1906-1927; parish council minutes book, 1894-1967"

  • St Fagan's and District Horticultural Society
    1899-1913: minutes
    [Museum of Welsh Life, St. Fagans - Reference: 1538/66-68]