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Cardiff St. John

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"... Cardiff consists of the parishes of St. John the Baptist and St. Mary, the livings of which are discharged vicarages consolidated, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Llandaf, ... The church of St. John, formerly a chapel to that of St. Mary (which was a large cruciform building, with a square tower, situated near the margin of the river, at the south-western extremity of the town, and was destroyed by an inundation in 1607), is a spacious and handsome structure, in the early style of English architecture, with a lofty square embattled tower in the later style, and equally remarkable for the elegance of its design and the symmetry of its proportions. ...More" [A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (1833) by Samuel Lewis]


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Cardiff St John area or see them printed 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 John Ball's site Welsh Churches and Chapels Collection for a photograph/data re St John the Baptist Church

The church is dedicated to St. John-the-Baptist, is in the Benefice of Cardiff St. John-the-Baptist, and 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 ST183764.

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph

A transcription of the registers is available from the Glamorgan Family History Society for the years: Baptisms, 1669-1840, Marriages, 1669-1837, Burials, 1669-1841. Visit their website for information on how to purchase these fiche.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
1669-1891, 1896-1921 1669-1871, 1895-1903 1669-1911 - 1717, 1724-1837

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

  • St. John Ecclesiastical Parish records   " St. John parish is one of the oldest parishes in Cardiff. In the 12th century the church served as a chapel of ease to the Benedictine priory dedicated in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary......................."
    " ...........including registers of baptisms, 1669-1921; marriages, 1669-1903; burials, 1669-1911; records relating to: churchwardens, 1766-1963; civil and miscellaneous, 1766-1936; church affairs, 1904-1983"

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Historical Geography

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