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"VAINOR, a parish in the hundred of Penkelly, county Brecon, 4 miles N.E. of Merthyr Tydfil. The village is situated on the river Taff. The parish includes the hamlets of Coed-y-Cymmar, Dyffrin, and Gelli. There are iron and coal mines, &c. The living is a rectory in the diocese of St. David, value £265. The church is dedicated to St. Gwendoline ... " [Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]



Bowen, Elwyn. Vaynor : a study of the Welsh countryside. Merthyr Tydfil : Foxgate, 1992. 448p

Church, A J. A political history of Merthyr Tydfil 1832-1918 : including the Merthyr Tydfil and Vaynor register of electors after the 2nd Reform Act - 1867. Merthyr Tydfil : A.J. Church, 2003. 40p

Evans, Jack. School and play in the parish of Vaynor : from 1650 to the present. Cowbridge : D. Brown & Sons, 1983. 112p

Jenkins, Jabez Edmund. Vaynor, its history and guide : the church, Pontsarn, the cave, Morlais castle, Coedcymmer, Taf Vechan, Dolygaer, &c. Merthyr Tyfil : B.R.S. Frost, pr., 1897. 159p

Mallon, John. Two triumphant Vaynor brothers. Merthyr Historian, 14 (2002), p. 124-130

Morgan, William. The Vaynor handbook : containing photographic views of Vaynor, Cefn-Coed, Pontsarn and Morlais Castle. Merthyr : [The Times Printing Company], [1893]

Wilkins, Charles. Merthyr and Aberdare illustrated : including Pontsarn, Vaynor, and the Beacons. Cheltenham : Edward J. Burrow, [1902?] 88p


Church History

Vaynor - Old St Gwynno's Church  & Vaynor - St Gwynno's Church- on the People's Collection Wales  site


Church Records

Detailed information on deposited registers and transcripts for this parish is given under Breconshire Parish Registers on the Powys Archives website.

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 1813-1923; Marriages 1755-1868, 1892-1975; Burials 1813-1905, 1923-1950; Banns 1823-1903 Parish Registers, or copies, for all or part of these dates are held at the NLW, SOG and/or Powys Archives. Bishops Transcripts for various periods are held at the NLW.

Description and Travel

Family Search have an interactive map called "England and Wales Jurisdictions 1851" showing parish (and other) boundaries with optional background maps such as Ordnance Survey. There is also a Search facility, do read the guidance notes to get maximum benefit from this useful resource. See here for further background information to assist in the interpretation of this data

Places, villages, farms etc in Vaynor parish as shown on the parish map on 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 John Ball)

  • Vaynor [73] - Blaen-y-glais, Cefn-coed-y-cymmer, Cemetery, Cwm, Cwm-car, Cwm-moel, Fedw, Ffynnon Rosser, Garn Pontsticill, Grawen, Hafod Cottage, Llwyn-on, Llyngeren, Millers Arms, Pen-y-gelli, Pen-y-rhadw, Pontsarn Station, Reservoir, Rifle Range, Vaynor (Faenor), Vaynor House, Wyrlod-ddu

A selection of photographs of Vaynor on Alan George's site

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The transcription of the section for Vaynor from the National Gazetteer (1868) provided by Colin Hinson.

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Historical Geography

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



Vaynor School Children at Tea, 1870s. Image showing a marquee on the lawn by the lake with Cyfarthfa Castle in the background. - on the People's Collection Wales  site