Pontlottyn in the Parish of Gelligaer


"PONTLOTTYN, near Bargoed, a populous part of Gelligaer parish, was formed into an ecclesiastical parish in 1870, and is a large village with several streets and a station on the Great Western railway, 21 miles north-west from Cardiff, 5 east of Merthyr and 3 west of Tredegar, in the Caerphilly division of the county of Glamorgan, lower division of Caerphilly hundred, Lower Caerphilly petty sessional division, Merthyr union and county court district, rural deanery of Caerphilly and archdeaconry and diocese of Llandaff. The church of St. Tyfaelog, erected in 1864, at a cost of £2300, is an edifice of stone with brick dressings, ... there are 500 sittings. The register dates from the year 1870. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value £210, with residence, in the gift of the Bishop of Llandaff and the Board of Patronage, ... St. Michael's and All Angels, Tir Phil, built in 1892, at a cost of about £600, is an edifice of stone,...: there are sittings for 150 persons. The mission church at NEWTOWN is also a stone building, ... and will seat 100 persons. The mission church at Troedrhiwfuwch is an iron structure, ... and will seat 120 persons: the chancel, which is of stone, was added in 1892. The cemetery for Rhymney parish, Monmouthshire, locally in this parish, is about 3 acres in extent. The Pontlottyn Workmen's Library, in Merchant street, consists of over 2,000 volumes, and there is also a reading room. The population in 1911. was 9,618." [From Kelly's South Wales Directory 1923 (ArchiveCDBooks) - transcribed by Gareth Hicks]


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. Tyfaelog, is in the Benefice of Pontlottyn with Fochriw, and the 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 SO117060.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
1870-1918 1864-1928 1871-1924 - -

These registers have been temporarily withdrawn, however 'imperfect' facsimile copies are available on request from Record Office staff (Sept. 1996)

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

  • Pontlottyn Ecclesiastical Parish " ....... including registers of baptisms, 1870-1918; marriages, 1864-1928; burials, 1871-1924; banns, 1919-1946; photographs, 1875-1903"


Non Conformist Registers Deposited
Chapel Baptisms Marriages Burials OS Map Ref Deposited
Zoar, Baptist 1837-1844 - - SO 11540627 NLW
Mount Zion, Primitive Methodist 1936-1971 1957-1966 - SO 11670623 GRO
Nazareth, Wesleyan 1843-1916 - - SO 11670608 NLW

GRO - Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
NLW - National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth


Description & Travel

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

  • Photographs of Pontlottyn and locality 1897-1992
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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Pontlottyn 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.



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SO115062 (Lat/Lon: 51.747482, -3.283326), Pontlottyn in the Parish of Gelligaer which are provided by:


Merchant Marine

Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site

  • List of Testimonials and Statement of service at sea and confirmation of passing test for a 2nd Mate. issued to Morgan Anthony Swidenbank of Pontlottyn . Rhymney Valley in 1893 The document lists all of the vessels he served on from 1884 to 1893. it also documents the ships type,tonnage and registered port
  • A Board of Trade certificate of competency as first mate on foreign going steamships awarded to Morgan Anthony Swidenbank of Pontlottyn in the Rhymney Valley in 1895

Military History

Pontlottyn War Memorial - on the People's Collection Wales site