"KNELSTON, in the Cwmwd of Gwyr, Cantref of Eginog (now called the  Hundred of Swansea), Co. of GLAMORGAN, South Wales: a vicarage, not in charge:  Patrons, The Chapter of St. David's: The Church, which is now in ruins, was  dedicated to St. Maurice: but the Walls are nearly all standing.  The Resident  Population of this Parish, in 1801, was 76.  The Money raised by the Parish Rates, in 1803, was £23..2..11, at 8s. 0d. in the pound.  It is 10 m. S. W.  from Swansea.  This is a small Parish.  The Impropriation belongs to the Vicar of Llan Ddewi for burying, christening and marrying the Parishioners in Llan Ddewi Church."     From: by Nicholas Carlisle, London, 1811

"KNELSTON, or KNOLLSTON, a parish in the hundred of SWANSEA, county of GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES, 12 miles (W. by S.) from Swansea, containing 125 inhabitants. This is a very small parish, and the church, which was dedicated to St. Maurice, is now in ruins. Marriages, baptisms, and burials, are solemnized at the church of the adjoining parish of Llanddewi, for which additional duty a certain stipend is paid to the vicar of that parish by the Dean and Chapter of St. David's, to whom the rectorial tithes of Knelston are appropriated. The living is a vicarage, not in charge, in the archdeaconry of Carmarthen, and diocese of St. David's, and in the patronage of the Dean and Chapter. A school for the gratuitous instruction of children of this parish, and of the parishes of Llanddewi and Llangennith, is principally supported by the incumbent. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor is £41 16"( A Topographical Dictionary of Wales by Samuel Lewis 1833)



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



The Glamorgan Family History Society have produced a set of microfiche containing Monumental Inscriptions for the following burial grounds :-

  • Knelston Baptist Chapels

Church History

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


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 was dedicated to St. Mary, before it fell into disuse, is in the Benefice of Port Eynon with Rhosili with Llanddewi with Knelston and in 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 SS468890.

Anglican Parish Registers
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
Ancient ruined church without records. (See Llanddewi) 1784, 1790-1794, 1872-1874, 1876-1883

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

  • Llanddewi with Knelston, St. David - Christenings (BT's), 1814-1875

Description & Travel

You can see pictures of Knelston which are provided by:



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



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


Historical Geography

Some of the hamlets, towns and villages within this parish

  • Frog Moor

You can see the administrative areas in which Knelston 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



Knelston, Glamorgan - on the People's Collection Wales site

Parish map (Kain/Oliver)

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SS463896 (Lat/Lon: 51.583975, -4.219694), Knelston which are provided by:


Names, Geographical

Places, villages, farms etc within Knelston 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)

  • Knelston (36): Burry, Church, Knelston, Lake.


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 15th May 1891

SUCCESSFUL CONCERT AT KNELSTON, GOWER. One of the most brilliant entertainments of the many that have taken place in this district within the last few years came off on Tuesday evening at the Board Schoolroom for the United District of Reynoldstone, on behalf of the funds of the Swansea Hospital. The artistes volunteered their services for this praiseworthy object. Dr. H. Rawlings, of Reynoldstone, was the moving spirit in conceiving and bringing to maturity this treat to the Gower people and in furthering the benevolent efforts of those connected with an institution that has been of such incalculable benefit to the indigent poor of this great and important county. All people who thus contribute to alleviate suffering can truly be designated humanitarians and cannot be too deeply thanked.       ....(part extract)....

  •   From The Cambrian 10th December 1897

EISTEDDFOD AT KNELSTON, GOWER. DR. RAWLINGS' CHOIR LEADS THE WAY. [BY A GOWER BOY.] An eisteddfod was held at Knelston on Tuesday, and it proved a grand success. Although the weather was boisterous, people flocked in from all directions, and the room was packed. ............... I might say that the Old Walls party began practising long before the Reynoldstone party, but failed to take the prize they began in the right key and finished in the wrong one.        ....(part extract)....

  • From The Cambrian 17th December 1897



SIR,-Anyone going to the above eisteddfod with their ears closed might have come to the conclusion, on reading the report of it as given by Gower Boy in last issue, that Reynoldstone party had won for themselves a name which they would strive to hand down to their posterity, and that their most excellent leader would at once be the recipient of some monstre testimonial to be borne over his shoulders, bearing presents from every member of the party, a number of which would dazzle one's eyes by day, and the remainder containing some jiggling trinkets, so that he would be recognised not only at day light, but would be known in pitch dark night, and other prominent members of the choir would, no doubt, wear some visible emblem of the great victory. Notably, that young tenor, who, as the adjudicator remarked, deserved the prize, because it was the first time in six successive competitions he had managed to get through his piece without a break down or break up. Then, again, the Higher Green basso, who, no doubt, would have taken first prize if the platform had been made large enough for him, and that the promising young soprano would be sent at once, at the expense of the party, to the Royal Academy of Music, etc., etc. But to those who listened to the various competitions, the report of Gower Boy can be looked upon only as a display of his selfishness and ignorance by which he has held up his party as a laughing-stock for the country, and greatly damaged the future prospects of the eisteddfod.      ....(part extract)....

- -Yours respectfully. OLD WALLS CHOIR." Llanrhidian, December 14, 1897.




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

1841 - 113 1851 - 127 1861 - 113 1871 - 95 1881 - 94 1891 - 83

Public Records

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

  • Knelston Tithe Plan and Apportionment            "Tithe plan and apportionment of Knelston, 1846."


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

  • Reynoldston, later Knelston, School Records    ".....School log books, 1874-1969."