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Pen-y-graig in the Parish of Ystradyfodwg

Archives and Libraries

Penygraig Library
Tylacelyn Road
CF40 1LA


An online index to the book Soariana, by John Thomas. A translation published by the Glamorgan Family History Society covering a history of Soar Chapel, Pen-y-graig. Contains preachers names and a brief history 1834 - 1901. This has been provided by Huw Daniel


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

  • Capel Soar Welsh Baptist


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Penygraig 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 Records

For full and up-to-date details of their holdings see the sites of Glamorgan Record Office and/or West Glamorgan Archives

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph of St Barnabas

The church is dedicated to St. Barnabas, is in the Benefice of Dinas and Penygraig with Williamstown, and the diocese of Llandaff. 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 SS998915.

Anglican Parish Registers
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
No Registers have been deposited yet

Llanfair-ar-y-Bryn Welsh Church

"The Anglican Church of Llanfair-ar-y-Bryn was commissioned to be built in 1889, and was originally a church that conducted its worship entirely through the medium of Welsh.
Throughout its history it served as the parish church for Dinas and Penygraig and has been a distinguished landmark on Amos Hill for a number of generations.
In recent years, the parish has had to face a number of practical difficulties, including being grouped with the neighbouring parish of Williamstown and therefore sharing the vicar, and also mounting repair costs to Llanfair and St Barnabas.The final services were held on Pentecost Sunday, with the congregation moving to St Barnabas, Dinas, and St Illtud, Williamstown.
The site of Llanfair will be used for the development of four houses."  (Welcome to Pontypridd site)

Description and Travel

Historic Landscape Characterisation: The Rhondda - on the CADW site.  
Fully explore the site - there are separate detailed sections for places in the area

Pen-y-graig - on the Old UK Photos site

Penygraig - on the Rhondda Cynon Taf Libraries Heritage Trail site

You can see pictures of Penygraig which are provided by:


Transcript of complete name listing for Treherbert and Ystrad-Rhondda, with the parish and hamlets of Ystradyfodwg, Blaen-y-cwm, Blaen-y-Rhondda, Cwmdare, Cwmpark, Llwynpia, Pen-y-graig, Penyrenglyn, Pentre, Ton-pentre-ystrad, Ton-y-pandy, Treorky, Tynewydd and Tynybedw, from Slaters Directory for 1880.

Historical Geography

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


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SS996915 (Lat/Lon: 51.613301, -3.451454), Penygraig which are provided by:

Military History

WWII War Memorial, Pen-y-graig. Contributed by Selwyn Davies


EXPLOSION AT NAVAL STEAM COLLIERY, PENYGRAIG --- Sunday, 27th January 1884. Here is a set of reports compiled by Brian Comley

Local pits on the Welsh Coal Mines site

  • Naval
  • Pandy
  • Anthony
  • Nantgwyn
  • Ely
  • Penygraig