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St Hilary

"HILARY, ST., in the Cwmwd of Pen y Bont, Cantref of Cron Nedd (now called the Hundred of Cowbridge) County of GLAMORGAN, South Wales: a discharged Vicarage valued in the King's Books at £5..14..4 1/2: Patrons, The Bishop, Archdeacon, and Chapter of Llandaff. The Resident Population of this Parish, in 1801, was 145. The Money raised by the Parish Rates, in 1803, was £107..15..4, at 1s. 9d. in the pound. It is 1 m. S. E from Cowbridge. This Parish contains about 900 acres of Land. There was formerly a Chapel at Beupre. According to the Diocesan Report, in 1809, the yearly value of this Benefice, arising from Tythes, and Augmentation, was £37..14..0. "  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.

An online index to the book St. Hilary, a History of the Place and its People by Hilary M. Thomas [2000] has been provided by Alan Jenkins

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

  • Parish Church of St. Hilary


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the St Hilary 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 - there are no references to non-conformist chapels/meeting houses found in this 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. Hilary, and is in the Benefice of Cowbridge Details of the present incumbent of this benefice can be found at the Church in Wales website. The church can be found at grid reference ST016733.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
1690-1984 1690-1970 1690-1985 1913-1963 1721, 1724-1752, 1754-1837

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

  • St Hilary Ecclesiastical Parish records                "... including registers of marriages, 1754-1994; banns, 1754-1963; baptisms, 1690-1984; burials, 1813-1985; services, 1966-1982; records relating to churchwardens, 1885-1961; miscellaneous and civil records, 1856-1965"

Description and Travel

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

Places, villages, farms etc within St Hilary 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 Hilary [158] -  Castle (in ruins) AM, Coed Hills, Coed y Grabla, Cross Barn, Eastdown, Howe Mill, Kingsland, The Manor, New Beaupre, Newhouse, Old Beaupre, St Hilary Down, St Hilary.

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


Transcript of name listing for Cowbridge, and neighbouring parishes from Commercial and Trade Directories, for the years:-

1858-1859 (Slaters Directory) 1880 (Slaters Directory)

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which St Hilary has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


Description and images of Beaupre Castle, St. Hilary at www.castlewales.com by Jeff Thomas


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 ST016733 (Lat/Lon: 51.450058, -3.417488), St Hilary which are provided by:


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

1841 - 164 1851 - 157 1861 - 139 1871 - 166 1881 - 144 1891 - 175

Public Records

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

  • St Hilary Civil Parish records        "...... including copy of tithe plan and apportionment, 1840 [copied 1980]; overseers of the poor petty constables and church wardens, 1728-1821; minutes, charity distribution accounts, cricket club records, 1883-1973"


St. Hilary [Last Updated :  27 Nov 2012  - Gareth Hicks]