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Brithdir in the Parish of Gelligaer

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"BRITHDIR, a chapelry, in the parish of GELLYGAER, hundred of CAERPHILLY, county of GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES, 5 miles (S.E. by E.) from Merthyr-Tydvil, containing 792 inhabitants. This place, which is situated in a rich mineral district, has, within the last ten years, nearly doubled its population. This increase may be attributed to the establishment of the extensive ironworks on the estate of the Marquis of Bute, and to the collieries and other public works in the immediate vicinity, of which a more detailed account is given in the article on the parish of Gellygaer. The village is pleasantly situated on the banks of the river Romney, and the surrounding scenery, like that of the entire parish, combines numerous interesting features and a pleasing variety of picturesque and romantic beauty. The living is a perpetual curacy, annexed to the rectory of Gellygaer, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Llandaff. The chapel is a neat plain edifice, appropriately fitted up. ..." [A Topographical Dictionary of Wales by Samuel Lewis 1833 © Mel Lockie 2016]

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Church History

Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site

  • Brithdir Chapel before it was destroyed by fire
  • Brithdir Chapel Members
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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 church is dedicated to St. David, is in the Benefice of Bargoed and Deri with Brithdir, 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 SO153018.

Anglican Parish Registers
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
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Non Conformist Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Chapel Baptisms Marriages Burials OS Map Ref
Wesleyan 1956-1976 - - SO 15210183
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Description & Travel

"BRITHDIR, a chapelry in the parish of GELLYGAER, hundred of CAERPHILLY, county of GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES, 8 1/2 miles (S.E. by E.) from Merthyr-Tydvil, containing 792 inhabitants. This place, which is situated in a rich mineral district, has, within the last ten years, nearly doubled its population. This increase may be attributed to the establishment of the extensive ironworks on the estate of the Marquis of Bute, and to the collieries and other public works in the immediate vicinity, of which a more detailed account is given in the article on the parish of Gellygaer. The village is pleasantly situated on the banks of the river Romney, and the surrounding scenery, like that of the entire parish, combines numerous interesting features and a pleasing variety of picturesque and romantic beauty. The living is a perpetual curacy, annexed to the rectory of Gellygaer, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Llandaff. The chapel is a neat plain edifice, appropriately fitted up. At a short distance is a rude erect stone, about nine feet high, a monument of some remote period of antiquity, of which there are other remains in the vicinity." ( A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (1833) ) by Samuel Lewis 

Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site

  • Various landscapes
  • Digitized image of a drawing of Luggy Brook Aqueduct, Brithdir, copied from The Archaeology of the Montgomeryshire Canal by Stephen Hughes 1988.
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Gazetteers

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

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Historical Geography

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

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History

Brithdir Railway Station c1905 - on the People's Collection Wales site

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Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SO152019 (Lat/Lon: 51.709402, -3.228696), Brithdir in the Parish of Gelligaer which are provided by: