"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


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 & Travel

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.

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


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.



This diagram shows the position of this parish within the county of Glamorgan - click on this to see a full size diagram of the county



Map of the parish of Ilston, Glamorganshire - on the People's Collection Wales site

Parish map (Kain/Oliver)

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SS555914 (Lat/Lon: 51.602634, -4.088588), Ilston which are provided by:


Names, Geographical

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,.


There are references to this area in the 15 million Welsh and English language articles from Welsh newspapers transcribed by the NLW and viewable on Welsh Newspapers Online
Below are English language articles that have been re-transcribed and extracted randomly to illustrate what is available, there are many that are not extracted here that include names of local people

  • From  The Cambrian 21st October 1904

ILSTON CHURCH REPAIRS. The repair of the exterior of Ilston Parish Church, Gower, is progressing satisfactorily. The freestone work is being carried out by Mr. William Phillips, who has been following that particular line of business for some time, and has been engaged on the Church at New-ton, Mumbles, and other churches and public buildings.

  • From  The Cambrian 13th July 1900

THE RUINED CHAPEL IN ILSTON VALLEY. This has been claimed to be the ruins of the oldest Baptist Chapel in Wales. It was held to have been built by John Myles, who had been Rector of Ilston Church during the Commonwealth (1649-1660), when the Church's worship was prohibited by law, and "it was made a crime for a child to read by the bed- side of a sick parent one of those beautiful collects which had soothed the griefs of forty generations of Christians." At the Restoration in 1660, the King got his own again, and so did the Church; and John Myles gave place to the Rev. John Houghton, whom he himself had dispossessed about ten years previously. The common belief has been that John Myles, when ejected from Ilston Church, built the little Chapel in the valley, and there ministered to his followers; and that it thus became the oldest, or one of the oldest, Baptist Chapels in the Principality. The present Rector of Ilston is, however, of opinion that the Chapel was built by the Churchmen when they were driven out of the Church, and the faithful few were ministered to by their old clergyman Houghton; and that. they generously gave the use of it to Myles and his followers when the Church got her own again at the Restoration. The name "Trinity," by which it has always been known, seems to bear out this view. Some of the Baptists, however, are of opinion that it is still older, that it was in fact originally a pre-Reformation Chapel. This view was put forward at the late Baptist Anniversary in Swansea, and they supported it by the fact that their places of worship in early times were never called "Chapels" but "Meeting-houses." The character of the ruins, however, does not support the mediaeval view. The building was probably erected during the Rebellion, but by whom is not certainly known.—" The Gower Church Magazine."



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]."