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Pyllalai / Pilleth

"PILLITH (PWLL-LLAITH), a parish in the hundred of KEVENLLEECE, county of RADNOR, SOUTH WALES, 3 3/4 miles (S. W.) from Knighton, containing 75 inhabitants. .......................... The parish is situated on the river Lug, and extends for about three miles in length, and one mile and a half in breadth : ................... The living is a vicarage not in charge, annexed to that of Llangunllo, in the archdeaconry of Brecknock, and diocese of St. David's, endowed with £ 800 royal bounty. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, .................. The poor children of this parish are entitled to gratuitous instruction in the school founded at Whitton, by Lady Child, of this parish, who endowed it with lands producing more than £ 100 per annum, and under the provisions of whose will one child of this parish is annually apprenticed. On a common in the northern part of the parish are a few scattered houses, forming a place called Hen dre'r Garreg, or " the old town of the rock." ................... The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor amounts to £5l. 12.........."  ( A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, Samuel Lewis, 1833)


Adferiad Eglwys y Santes Fair Pilalau = Restoration of St. Mary's Church Pilleth. Pilleth : St. Mary's Church, [2002?]. 1 folded sheet

Bradney, Joseph A             Pilleth, Nanty-groes and Monaughty            Radnorshire Society Transactions, vol. 21 1951 Welsh Journals Online  

Cyfeillion Pilalau = The friends of Pilleth. [Pilalau : Cyfeillion Pilalau, 2002]. 4p

Price, P D      Price of Pilleth; four wills           Radnorshire Society Transactions      vol. 44  1974   Welsh Journals Online

Taylor, Richard. Pilleth : the battle . Llandrindod Wells : Powys County Council, 1978.

The battle of Pilleth : Owain Glyndwr & the struggle for Welsh independence = Brwydr Pilalai : Owain Glyndwr a'r frwydr dros annibyniaeth Cymru. Llandrindod Wells : Powys County Council, [2003?].  I folded sheet

Williams, Richard            A sword and spurs in Pelleth Church           Radnorshire Society Transactions   Vol 25 1955          Welsh Journals Online  

Wynn-Jones, Walford. A guide to the Church of Our Lady of Pilleth, Radnorshire, Powys. [Llangurig] : [Walford Wynn-Jones], 1989. 12p


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


  • St Mary, Pilleth, Church in Wales

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Pyllalai / Pilleth 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 Our Lady of Pilleth on the Radnorshire Churches Survey site

Pilleth Parish; Statistics; Area 1897 acres; Population 45 males, 47 females, total 92

  • Pilleth Parish Church       Attendance - (average) morning 20, afternoon 30    1 service in English     "With respect to the Day School and Sunday School - see the return from the parish of Whitton - The Children of the parish attend school there, which school is jointly endowed for the instruction of the children of both parishes"          D Davies, Vicar

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 1766, 1771-1811, 1813-1980; Marriages 1772-1812, 1814-1836, 1838-1887; Burials 1772-1811, 1816-1964
    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

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Historical Geography

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


Pilleth - the Batle of Bryn Glas 1402

Save the Pilleth  battlefield site - on BBC Wales


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 SO256682 (Lat/Lon: 52.306824, -3.092668), Pyllalai / Pilleth which are provided by:

Public Records

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

  • Pilleth Parish and Community Council records 1894-1990


Pyllalai / Pilleth