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Chapels - Ilston

This project is fully described on Glamorgan Chapels Database

This Ilston database compiled by Gareth Hicks with contributions from;

  • Jeff Coleman

If a chapel is already mentioned on the main parish page then its name will act as a link to that section for any data recorded there - such as extant records and OS Grid references

Some chapels may have more than one entry if it is not possible to correctly identify each from a particular source

(For an explanation of the various non-conformist denominations see Wales - Genealogy Help Pages )

Sources referred to (indicated by number shown in brackets after the data entry) where there may be more data available


  • 1. My Ancestors were Congregationalists in England and Wales, by D J H Clifford, SOG, 1992.
  • 2. Kelly's Directory, South Wales 1895 - the Archive CD Books Cd
  • 3. Kelly's Directory, South Wales 1910 - the Archive CD Books Cd
  • 4. The Chapels Recording Project in Wales (RCAHMW)
  • 5. Glamorgan Bibliography on Genuki
  • 6. Glamorgan Record Office in Cardiff hold most extant parish church and non-conformist chapel records, these are listed on their site (click ' history of your family' on main page and scroll down to the end of the next page)
  • 7. The Cambrian Index - The index data is obviously limited , there may be more available via the online contact address
  • 8. Personal knowledge/research (JC)
  • 9. Jones, I.G. & Williams, D. The Religious census of 1851 : A Calendar of the returns relating to Wales, Vol 1, South Wales. UWP, Cardiff, 1976

Additional source


Ilston Baptists

  • The first Baptist cause in Wales, founded at Ilston in 1649 by John Miles; they actually met in the parish church of St Illtyd although they referred to it as a meeting house. The 1660 Restoration of the monarchy brought religious intolerance with it and the Ilston meeting house was abandoned shortly after with its congregation forced underground; John Miles subsequently left for America
  • Ilston Book - on Wikipedia
  • John Myles and his times - Baptist Quarterly Review 1888

There are the following books - from (5)

  • Matthews, D Hugh. John Miles a Bedyddwyr Ilston. Trafodion Cymdeithas Hanes y Bedyddwyr. (1999), p. 1-5
  • Owens, Benjamin G. The Ilston book : earliest register of Welsh Baptists. Aberystwyth : National Library of Wales, 1996. p142. Includes bibliographical references and index
  • Williams, Glanmor. John Miles, Ilston, and the Baptist denomination in Wales. Minerva7 (1999), p. 11-18



Mount Pisgah Congregational, Park Mill, Ilston

  • Mount Pisgah English United Reformed chapel, Parkmill Opened 1821 Still open in 1992 (1)
  • Here (Parkmill) is a congregational chapel 1895 (2) and there is a Congregational chapel at Parkmill erected in 1822 with 160 sittings 1910 (3)
  • Mount Pisgah Independent chapel, Parkmill, Ilston SS54578919 Built in 1822, modified, altered or rebuilt in 1890, still in use in 1998 (4)
  • Mount Pisgah Independent, Park Mill Erected in 1822 William Johnson Ford, Minister, Immanuel Chapel House, Paviland, Gower 1851 (9)
  • Rees, Thomas & John Thomas. Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru (History of the Welsh Independent Churches), 4 volumes (published 1871+). Here is the entry for this chapel (in Welsh) - with translation by Deric John
  • Evan Griffiths, first minister at Parkmill by Iorwerth Hughes Jones Published in Gower vol 14 1961 On Welsh Journals Online
  • Mount Pisgah is currently subject of dispute, the village post office in Parkmill operates in the building and it is used significantly by the community (JC 8)
    This is a typical newspaper reference;
    "Chapel threat fails to put off campaigners; Determined campaigners from a Gower chapel are pushing on with its 183rd birthday celebrations - despite an axe hanging over their heads. The United Reformed Church has issued a writ forcing the trustees of Mount Pisgah, Parkmill, to sell the church." (South Wales Evening Post, 30 June 2005)

NB according to the Kain/Oliver maps Park Mill village is mostly in Ilston parish despite this entry being listed under Pennard in some of the above sources



No Methodist chapels found in this parish


Other (inc un-identified)

Ilston (Llanilltud Gwyr), Ilston

  • Ilston (Llanilltud Gwyr), Ilston SS5590 Denomination not given (4)


[Last Updated : 12 Jan 2012 - Gareth Hicks]