Taff's Well in the Parish of Eglwysilan


"TAFF-WELL. a hamlet in Glamorgan; on the river Taff and the Taff-Vale railway, 8 miles NNW of Cardiff. It takes its name from a tepid medicinal spring; and it has a post-office under Cardiff." [From John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72) on Vision of Britain]

"TAFFS WELL is 6 miles south-east and a quarter of a mile north from Taff's Well station on the Great Western railway. The mineral spring here was for many years celebrated for the cure of muscular rheumatism. There are Wesleyan and Calvinistic Methodist chapels, and a Baptist chapel, erected in 1898, seating 250 persons." [From Kelly's South Wales Directory 1923 (ArchiveCDBooks) - transcribed by Gareth Hicks]


Archives & Libraries

Taffs Well Library
Cardiff Road
Taffs Well
CF15 7PL



The Glamorgan Family History Society have produced a set of microfiche containing Monumental Inscriptions for the following burial grounds :-

  • Glandwr Taf Independant Church
  • Tabor Calvinistic Methodist Church

Church Records

For full and up-to-date details of their holdings see the sites of Glamorgan Record Office and/or West Glamorgan Archives

The Parish of St. James, Taff's Well, Chapel of Ease to Eglwysilan, transferred to Tongwynlais in 1954

The parish church is dedicated to St. James, is in the Benefice of Tongwynlais, 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 found at grid reference ST123834.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
1897-1933 1925-1971 - - -

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

  • Tongwnlais with Taffs Well and Nantgarw Ecclesiastical Parish records "St. James' church, Taffs Well and St. Mary's church, Nantgarw were built as chapels of ease in the parish of Eglwysilan and transferred to Tongwynlais in 1954."
    ".......... including registers of baptisms, 1879-1968; marriages, 1922-1985; banns, 1926-1985; services, 1923-1980; churchwardens records, 1924-1987; parochial church council minutes, 1898-1988; church council, 1955-1976; orders of services, 1938-1985; miscellaneous records, 1950-1981"
Non Conformist Registers Deposited at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
Chapel Baptisms Marriages Burials OS Map Ref
Tabor, Calvinistic Methodist - 1916 - ST 12138357

Description & Travel

Taffs Well - on the Rhondda Cynon Taf Libraries Heritage Trail site

Various landscapes - on the People's Collection Wales site

You can see pictures of Taff's Well in the Parish of Eglwysilan which are provided by:



Transcript of complete name listing for Whitchurch, with the parishes and villages of Lisvane, Llanishen, Pentyrch, Tongwynlais, Taff's Well and Walnut Tree Bridge, from Slaters Directory for 1880.




Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Taff's Well in the Parish of Eglwysilan has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



Bridge at Taff's Well' by Penry Williams, 19th century - on the People's Collection Wales site



Taffs Well: Map/Figure & Geology - on the People's Collection Wales site

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference ST121832 (Lat/Lon: 51.540829, -3.268851), Taff's Well in the Parish of Eglwysilan which are provided by: