"LLAN BLEIDDIAN, in the Cwmwd of Maenor Glynn Ogwr, Cantref of Cron Nedd (now called the Hundred of Ogmore), Co. of GLAMORGAN, South Wales: a discharged Vicarage, with the Chapel of Cowbridge, valued in the King's Books at £10..3..4: Patrons, The Dean and Chapter of Gloucester: Church dedicated to St. John the Baptist. The Resident Population of this Parish, in 1801, was 475. The Money raised by the Parish Rates, in 1803, was £166..18..6 1/2, at 1s. 9d. per acre to the Poor, and at 4 1/2d. per pound to the Highways. It is 1 m. S. W. from Cowbridge. This Parish contains about 3000 acres of Land; of which, five or six Hundred are uniclosed and uncultivated. It is a remarkably pleasant Village, situate upon Lime-stone. In the division of Glamorgan by the Norman Adventurers, the Lordship of Llan Bleiddian the Great, and the privileged Town of Pont Faen, were given to Robert de St. Quintin, whose Castle is now in ruins. From: A Topographical Dictionary of The Dominion of Wales by Nicholas Carlisle, London, 1811.



References to Llanblethian in the British Library

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

Llanblethian Buildings and People. Published by Cowbridge Record Society 2002 - ISBN 0 9537029 2 8. Indexed by Phil Mustoe



Indexed transcription of monumental inscriptions at St. John the Baptist Llanblethian Churchyard, by Phil Mustoe.

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

  • Parish Church of St. John the Baptist


A complete transcription of the 1851 census for Llanblethian has been provided by Phil Mustoe


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

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on  FreeReg

The church is dedicated to St. John the Baptist, and is in the Benefice of Cowbridge Details of the present incumbent of this benefice can be found at the Church in Wales website. The church can be found at grid reference SS985741.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
BaptismsMarriagesBurialsBannsBishops Transcripts
1661-1694, 1734-18931664-1689, 1734-19711661-1696, 1734-18931823-19191696, 1721, 1723-31, 1733-45, 1747-1837

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

  • Llanblethian Ecclesiastical Parish records      " ........ including registers of baptisms, 1661-1992; marriages, 1664-1971; burials, 1661-1893; banns, 1823-1990; confirmations, 1904-1955; services, 1914-1954; churchwardens accounts, 1826-1960; pictoral records, 19th century; records of charities, 1880-1890; church affairs, 1968-1990; parochial and civil records, 1859-1994"

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

  • Llanblethian, St. John the Baptist - Christenings (BT's), 1661-1694, 1696-1822
  • Llanblethian, Maendy Independent Chapel - Christenings, 1802-1837

Transcription of the Roll of Honour at Cowbridge Church for 1914-1918 war


Description & Travel

Llanblethian & Llandough - on Pbase.com

Conservation areas within the Vale of Glamorgan. See Aberthin & Llanblethian - "Conservation areas are areas of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance"

You can see pictures of Llanblethian which are provided by:



Transcript of name listing for Cowbridge, and neighbouring parishes from Commercial and Trade Directories, for the years:-


1844(Slaters Directory) 1850(Slaters Directory)
1858-1859(Slaters Directory) 1871(Post Office Directory)
1880(Slaters Directory) 1895(Kellys Directory)


The transcription of the section for Llanblethian 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

  • Penylan
  • Stallingdown


Description and image of St. Quentin's Castle, Llanbleddian at www.castlewales.com by Jeff Thomas

St Quintin's Castle, 1988 - on People's Collection Wales


Land & Property

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

  • Llanblethian (The Causeway) deeds   1715-c1900         "The row of houses known as Causeway Cottages stands on land which was in the possession of David Tristham in the 1690s. When the current cottages were built is uncertain, but they appear in the 1841 census enumerator's returns. Despite the proximity of the cottages to the former Llanblethian woollen factory, there is no evidence to suggest that their owners or inhabitants had any direct connection with the weaving industry. The row seems to have been built as accommodation for artisans and agricultural workers"


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



Plan of the parish of Llanblethian in the County of Glamorgan - on the People's Collection Wales site

Parish map (Kain/Oliver)

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference ST000757 (Lat/Lon: 51.471593, -3.440523), Llanblethian which are provided by:


Names, Geographical

Places, villages, farms etc within Llanblethian 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 Glenys Travis)

  • Llanblethian [122] - Aberthin, Afon Ddawan, Breach, Bryn-hyfryd, Castle (Remains of) near Llwyn Celyn AM, Court Fm, Cross AM, Cross Inn, Cross near St Hilary Down AM, Crossways, Devils Pool & Knee, East Village, Factory Brook, Hensol, Llanblethian or Quentin's Castle (remains of) AM, Llanblethian, Llwyn celyn, Maendy, Marlborough Grange, New Meads, Newhouse, Newton Ho, Newton Moor, Pant y lladron, Pen-cyrn, Pen-y-lan, Primrosehill, Slade, Stalling Down (Site of Battle 1401), Tre Betin, Tre rhingyll, Tumulus AM, Ty'n-y-caeau, West Village.


There are many 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 Barry Dock News 31st October 1890

LLANBLETHIAN. HARVEST THANKSGIVING SERVICES were held at the Parish Church of Llanblethian on Wednesday and Friday, the 22nd and 24th instant, in English and Welsh respectively. Both the services were well attended, and the singing was unusually good. On Wednesday the Holy Communion was celebrated at 11 a.m. and the evening service began at 7.30. ...............-The Welsh service on Friday commenced at 7.30 p.m.     .....(part extract)......

  •  From The Glamorgan Gazette 21st December 1894

LANBLETHIAN. Great interest was evinced in the Llanblethian Parish Councils Election which came off on Monday. It will be recollected that when preliminary preparations were made in view of the election, indications were not wanting on al hands that there would be a plethora of candidates. It was current before the nomination day, indeed, that the number of aspirants for seats on the newly-constituted Authority would reach phenomenal proportions. As the red-letter day approached, however, the number gradually but surely diminished into 15 candidates for seven seats   .....(part extract)......

  •  From The Glamorgan Gazette 11th May 1906

LLANBLETHIAN. Llanbletlnan A.F.C.—This club held a very successful dinner and smoker last week at their headquarters, the Duke of Wellington Hotel. About 35 members sat down to an excellent repast, which was well catered by Mrs. Spencer. The chair was occupied by Mr. C. J. Gwyn (in the absence of Mr. F. W. Dunn, the president of the club), who was supported by Messrs. G. Codd. Fred Dunn. A. Durstan. and Chas. H. Thomas. The usual toasts were given, and songs were contributed by members of the club.   .....(part extract)......

  • From   The Cardiff and Merthyr Guardian Glamorgan Monmouth…28th August 1869

LLANBLETHIAN HORTICULTURAL EXHIBITION. This show was held on the 19th instant. The weather was remarkably fine, and the meeting it is gratifying to observe proved one of the most successful yet held, many visitors arriving by railway, in addition to many who came by road from the adjacent districts. The exhibition took place as usual in the beautiful grounds of St. Quintin's Castle, which were tastefully decorated for the occasion. In addition to the vegetables exhibited, which were as a general collection highly creditable to the cottagers who produced them, there was a fine collection of stone and greenhouse plants in the large marquee, a splendid display of fuchsias attracting especial notice.   .....(part extract)......




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


Public Records

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

  • Llanblethian Civil Parish records    " ........ including tithe account book, 1841; tithe plan and apportionment, 1841"