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"WENFOE, 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 £13..7..1: Patron, Robert Jenner, Esq. : Church dedicated to St. Mary. The Resident Population of this Parish, in 1801, was 331. The Money raised by the Parish Rates, in l803, was £178..10..11, at 1s. 10d. in the pound. It is 5 m. S. W. from Caerdiff. This Parish contains about 2000 acres of Land; of which, about 200 acres are an uncultivated Common. Here is a very excellent Parsonage House, built by the late P. Birt, Esq.; and the Living is worth from 300 to £400 per annum. This is a neat and pleasant Village."  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.

Business and Commerce Records

  • Thomas Loughar, farmer
    1846-72: account book
    [Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff]

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

  • Parish Church of St. Mary
  • Twyn-yr-Odyn Baptist Chapel
  • Zoar Chapel
  • Wenvoe Community Cemetery


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Wenvoe 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. Mary, and is in the Benefice of Wenvoe and St. Lythans. 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 ST122726.

A transcription of the registers is available from the Glamorgan Family History Society for the years: Baptisms, 1585-1891, Marriages, 1586-1837, Burials, 1587-1900.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
1585-1971 1585-1970 1585-1983 1824-1973 1724-1837

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

  • Wenvoe Ecclesiastical Parish records      " ......... including registers of baptisms, 1585-1971; marriages, 1585-1970; burials, 1585-1983; services, 1928-1941; banns, 1824-1973; records relating to: property, 1927-1941; civil matters, 1829-1937; churchwardens, 1828-1870"

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Wenvoe which are provided by:

Places, villages, farms etc within Wenvoe 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)

  • Wenvoe (152); Alps Fm.; Ballas; Burdonshill; Castle; Garn; Goldsland; Greave; Lidmore; Lodge; New Wallace; Northcliff; Old Wallace; Reservoir (2); Rhiwau; St Lythan's Down; Sutton; Tunnel; Twyn-yr-odyn; Vishwell Fm.; Wenvoe (village); Wenvoe Castle; Wenvoe Sta.; Wrinstone;
    Included in an unnumbered/undesignated adjoining section on the map; Cwrt-yr-ala; Waun-y-cwm

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

Wenvoe - on Wikipedia

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Wenvoe 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

  • Burdonshill
  • Twyn-yr-odyn
  • Wallston

Land and Property

  • Wenvoe
    19th cent-20th cent: deeds, estate papers
    [Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff]

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

  • Thomas family of Wenvoe Castle records         "The Thomas family came to Wenvoe castle in 1560 when Jevan ap Harpway of Tresimont, Hertfordshire married Catherine, the only daughter and heiress of Thomas ap Thomas. During the years of the civil war, Edmond Thomas, a descendant of the Thomas family of Wenvoe can be found in the list of those nominated to the Upper House of Parliament as peers by Oliver Cromwell. During the 18th century Charles Nassau Thomas became vice chamberlain to the Prince of Wales (later King George IV) and later First Groom and Master of the Robes to the Regent. He also held other positions close to the Monarchy. These records relate to the period 1655-1855."


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 ST123727 (Lat/Lon: 51.446424, -3.263397), Wenvoe which are provided by:


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

1841 - 485 1851 - 475 1861 - 504 1871 - 466 1881 - 405 1891 - 445

Public Records

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

  • Wenvoe Civil Parish records       "........... comprising overseers of the poor rate and account book, 1804-1856; overseers rate books, 1838-1841; assistant overseers rate books, 1875-1926; highway surveyors rate book, 1832-1833; tithe rent charge lists, c1840; assistant overseers receipt and payment book, 1906-1927; tithe plan and apportionment, 1842; charity commissioners letter, 1898"