Slaters Commercial Directory, 1871


Cilybebyll in the Swansea Valley

Transcribed by Phil Mustoe

Cilypebyll, or Killybebill, is a parish 9 miles north-east from Swansea, and 5 north from Neath, in the Upper division of the county, Neath union and county court district, rural deanery of Gro Neath, archdeaconry and diocese of Llandaff, and province of Canterbury; it is situated on the eastern side of the Swansea valley. The church of St. John is a very neat building of Welsh sandstone (rebuilt in 1860), in the Norman style, and consists of nave, chancel, with low castellated tower, in which are 3 bells. The living is a rectory, yearly value £135, with residence and 4 acres of glebe land, in the gift of the Lord Bishop of Llandaff, and held by the Rev. John Jones, B. D., of St. David's College, Lampeter. There are National schools for boys, girls and infants, and a Sunday school, and an Independent chapel here. Collieries are worked here to some extent. Plas Cilypebyll is the residence of Herbert Lloyd esq., J. P., Richard Myers, esq. is the lord of the manor. The principal landowners are Herbert Lloyd, esq., H. Gwyn, esq., and J. Bruce Price, esq. The soil is sandy; subsoil, clay or peat. The chief crops are wheat and barley. The area is 4,014 acres; rateable value, £3,680 15s.; and the population in 1861 was 1,346.
Parish Clerk, David Davies

Letters from Pontardawe, via Swansea, by messenger
National School, William Morgan, master

Places of Worship

St. John (Parish Church), Cilypebyll, Rev. John Jones, rector

Cilypebyll, ministers various [independent]


Jones Rev. John, B. D. [rector]
Lloyd Herbert, Plas Cilypebyll
Andrews Ann (Mrs.), shopkeeper
Bowen Trehern, farmer, Maesllan farm
Davies David, farmer, Pentllwynteg frm
Gape William, Butchers' Arms
Gibbs John, farmer, Alltwen Genol farm
Griffith Philip, tailor
Hopkins David, frmr. Alltwen Wyth farm
Hopkins Mrs. farmer, Alltwen Uchaf frm
Howell Lewis, Gwyn's Arms
James Thos., farmer, Varteg Isaf farm
Jones David, shopkeeper, Rhos
Jones Hopkins, farmer, Cwmnantllwyd farm
Morgan Jenkin B., beer retailer
Morgan Lewis, farmer, Bryn-carnan farm
Morgan Mrs., farmer, Varteg Isaf farm
Phillips Thomas, beer retailer
Primrose Coal Company, farmers & Colliery proprietors, Cefn Ceifi farm
Rees Wm., farmer, Hendrecaradog farm
Richards Richard, farmer, Gelleiros farm
Smith Mrs., shopkeeper
Smith William, farmer, Wygaf farm
Thomas Daniel, farmer, Alltwen Isaf
Thomas Llewellyn, farmer, Gellyndd farm
Williams Mrs., frmr, Bryn-ysglailog frm
Williams Thomas, farmer, penygraig farm
Williams Thomas, farmer, Terennigleision farm
Williams Wm., farmer, Penyalltwen farm

[Last Updated : 19 Sept 2002 Gareth Hicks]