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"ILSTON, or, LLAN ILLTYD, in the Cwmwd of Gw*r, Cantref of Eginog (now called the Hundred of Swansea), Co. of GLAMORGAN, South Wales: a Rectory valued in the King's Books at £ 9..6..8: Patron, The Lord Chancellor: Church ded. to St. Illtyd. The Resident Population of this Parish, in 1801, was 272. The Money raised by the Parish Rates, in 1803, was £ 87..12..2, at 9s. in the pound. It is 7 m. W.S.W. from Swansea. This Rectory has just been conferred (3d of July, 1810), with great discrimination and complaisance, on a most amiable and worthy man, The Rev. JOHN COLLINS, M.A., Jun., Chaplain to The Right Honourable Viscount HARBERTON, and for whose friendly assistance the Author is greatly indebted. At a place, called Park Mill, in this Parish, is a Manufactory for woolen Cloth, lately erected by John Grant, Esq., a Scotchman, who has also built a neat Dwelling-house and Premises contiguous thereto. It is situate on the little Rivulet, called Pen Arth's Pill, which affords good Trout-fishing, and the water of which is deemed to be well calculated for the above purpose. The Proprietor greatly encourages the Sheep breeder, by the purchase of the County wool. There is capital Woodcock shooting round here, particularly in the fine Wood, called Park Wood, the Property of His Grace The Duke of Beaufort. According to the Diocesan Report, in 1809, the yearly value of this Benefice, arising from Glebe, Tythes, and Surplice Fees, was £ 105..10..0. " (From: A Topographical Dictionary of The Dominion of Wales by Nicholas Carlisle, London, 1811)




Here is a substantial reading list of books which relate to Glamorgan, either county or parish.

References to the parish of Ilston at the British Library


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Ilston area or see them printed on a map.


Church History

Chapels Database - a list of all known non-conformist chapels or other non-Anglican religions in the parish

See John Ball's site Welsh Churches and Chapels Collection for a photograph/data re St Illtyd's 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

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on  FreeReg

The church is dedicated to St. Illtyd, is in the Benefice of Ilston with Pennard and the diocese of Swansea and Brecon. 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 SS557903.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
1653-1699, 1730-1812 1653-1699, 1730-1811 1653-1699, 1730-1812 - 1672, 1678-1679, 1681-1683, 1686-1687, 1693, 1697, 1700-1702, 1704, 1711-1713, 1716, 1727-1756, 1758-1798, 1800, 1802-1803, 1805-1841, 1843-1844, 1846-1882, 1885, 1887-1888, 1890
Non Conformist Registers Deposited
Chapel Baptisms Marriages Burials OS Map Ref Deposited
Baptist 1650-1651 - 1650-1655 SS 55308946 NLW
*not on WGAS online list
1650-1651 - 1650-1655 SS 55308946 WGAS
Park Mill, Mount Pisgah, Congregational - - 1825 SS 55308946 NLW

WGRO - West Glamorgan Archive Service
NLW - National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth

The following Religious Institutions are covered in the Mormon International Genealogical Index (IGI) :-

  • Ilston, St. Illtyd - Christenings (BT's), 1813-1875
  • Ilston, Mount Pisgah Chapel - Christenings (BT's), 1825-1834

Description and Travel

Places, villages, farms etc within Ilston parish as shown on the online parish map from the CD of Historic Parishes of England and Wales: an Electronic Map of Boundaries before 1850 with a Gazetteer and Metadata [computer file]. (Kain, R.J.P., Oliver, R.R.). (Extracted by Mary Greatorex)

  • Ilston (42): Brynafel, Cartersford, Cathole Rock, Courthouse Farm, East Hills, Fairwood Common, Fairwood Corner, Ford, Furzehill, Furzeland, Gelli hir, Gelli-hir Wood, Ilston Cwm, Little Hills, Lunnon, Middle Hills, Moorlakes Wood, Park Place, Parkmill, Park Wood, Pengwern, Pengwern Common, Quarry, Ty-bach, West Hills, Willoxton,.

Description of parish from A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (1833) by Samuel Lewis.

You can see pictures of Ilston which are provided by:



Transcript of complete name listing for the Gower parishes, from Slaters Directory for 1880.



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

Ask for a calculation of the distance from Ilston to another place.

Click here for a list of nearby places.


Historical Geography

Some of the hamlets, towns and villages within this parish

  • Lunnon
  • Parkmill (Mostly in this parish)

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



The Population of Ilston was as follows, and a more detailed breakdown is available.

1841 - 365 1851 - 356 1861 - 295 1871 - 287 1881 - 278 1891 - 250

Public Records

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

  • Ilston Parish Council     " ..... including abstracts of rate books, 1927-1945; photocopies of tithe records, [late 20th century]."