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Llanfair Llythyfnwg / Gladestry

"GLADESTRY, a parish in the hundred and county of RADNOR, SOUTH WALES, 4 miles (W. by S.) from Kington, containing 385 inhabitants. This parish is situated on the river Gwyddel, and is intersected by a cross road from Hay to the borough of New Radnor..............The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry of Brecknock, and diocese of St. David's, rated in the king's books at £ 12. 19. 4 1/2., and in the patronage of the King, as Prince of Wales. The church, dedicated to St. Mary............A small school in the village, for the gratuitous instruction of the poor, is supported by the principal occupiers of land in the parish.................The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor is £296. 1.,........."  ( A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, Samuel Lewis, 1833)


Banks, Lawrence     Three houses on one estate           Radnorshire Society Transactions, vol. 72 2002    Welsh Journals Online

Biggerton-Evans, Kathleen A. History and description of Gladestry Church and parish. Gladestry : St. Mary's Church, [1992?]. 16p

Davies, D Stedman Rev.          Some notes on Gladestry             Radnorshire Society Transactions Vol 10  1940       Welsh Journals Online

Hughes, Robert. Gladestry 1900-1999 : a century of change. Kington : Gladestry Millennium Publications, 2000. 200p

Hughes, Robert. Sickness and health in a Radnorshire school : Gladestry School 1877-1890 and 1983-1996.       Radnorshire Society Transactions, vol. 67 1997    Welsh Journals Online

Hughes, Robert. A village with two names: the names of Gladestry.      Radnorshire Society Transactions, vol. 68 1998    Welsh Journals Online

Oliver, R C B       James Crummer of Howey Hall, Esquire, 1749-1821         Radnorshire Society Transactions, vol. 59 1989    Welsh Journals Online

Sinclair, J B & R W D Fenn    James Watt, father and son, and Radnorshire            Radnorshire Society Transactions, vol. 62 1992    Welsh Journals Online

Sinclair, J B & R W D Fenn            Mr Watt buys some farms           Radnorshire Society Transactions, vol. 64 1994    Welsh Journals Online & vol. 65 1995    Welsh Journals Online


  • St Mary, -, Gladestry, Church in Wales


Victorian Powys for schools site - Census figures for Gladestry parish 1841-1901


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Llanfair Llythyfnwg / Gladestry 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

Church of St Mary, Gladestry on the Radnorshire Churches Survey site

See John Ball's site Welsh Churches and Chapels Collection for a photograph/data re St Mary's Church

See John Ball's site Welsh Churches and Chapels Collection for a photograph/data re Zion Baptist Chapel, Gladestry

Church and chapel data from The Religious census of 1851 : A Calendar of the returns relating to Wales, Vol 1, South Wales. Ed. by   I.G   Jones, & D. Williams. UWP,  Cardiff, 1976. The names given towards the end of each entry are those of the informants.

Gladestry Parish; Statistics; Area 3798 acres; Population 187 males, 175 females, total 362

  • Gladistry Parish Church       Attendance - (average) morning 40 + 20 scholars, afternoon c 15    1 service in English         J N Welsh, Curate
  • Zion Chapel, Baptist   Erected 1842    Attendance - morning 35 + 18 scholars     "We hold service every alternate Sunday evening, the average number of attendants at that time is c 150"       Day School held          Josephus Judson, Baptist Minister
  • Gladestry Chapel, Wesleyan      Erected 1838     Attendance - afternoon 80, evening 40     "Every other Sunday in evening"          Wm. Ferries, Steward, Huntingdon Park

Church Records

Detailed information on deposited registers and transcripts for this parish is given on the Powys Archives page Radnorshire parish registers

As a guide only, the principal extant parochial church records for this parish span the dates shown below (as detailed in Parish Registers of Wales, NLW 2000) but exact current holdings should be confirmed with the individual Archives;

  • Baptisms 1683-1946; Marriages 1683-1971; Burials 1683-1929
    Parish Registers, or copies, for all or part of these dates are held at the NLW and/or Powys Archives.  
    Bishops Transcripts for various periods are held at the NLW  

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Llanfair Llythyfnwg / Gladestry which are provided by:


Historical Geography

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


Kain, R.J.P., Oliver, R.R., Historic Parishes of England and Wales: an Electronic Map of Boundaries before 1850 with a Gazetteer and Metadata [computer file]. Colchester, Essex: History Data Service, UK Data Archive [distributor], 17 May 2001. SN: 4348.   Here is a gazetteer/finding aid plus a set of overview maps to accurately identify the position of parishes within the county

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SO230551 (Lat/Lon: 52.188712, -3.127804), Llanfair Llythyfnwg / Gladestry which are provided by:


Powys - A Day in the Life - Gladestry School


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