"A village in the valley of the Carfan brook, a feeder of the Thaw. It was the site of a famous Celtic monastry founded by St. Cadoc in the sixth century. The church has a transitional Norman arcade, and the remains of a fine screen. On a neighbouring hill is an ancient camp." [Glamorganshire, 1911]



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 :-

  • Parish Church of St. Cadoc
  • Bethlehem Baptist Church

Church History

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

Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site

  • Photograph of Llancarfan Church (exterior/interior) taken by Ronald Reynolds in the early 20th century.

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. Cadoc, and is in the Benefice of Llancarfan with Llantrithyd 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 ST051702.

A transcription of the registers is available from the Glamorgan Family History Society for the years: Baptisms, 1696-1900, Marriages, 1619-1838, Burials, 1696-1899. Visit their website for information on how to purchase these fiche.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
1618-1640, 1724-1763, 1775-1810, 1813-1901 1618-1640, 1724-1763, 1788-1970 1618-1640, 1724-1763, 1775-1810, 1813-1976 1828-1920 1696, 1724-6, 1728-1735, 1737-1837

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

  • Llancarfan Ecclesiastical Parish records   " ...... including registers of baptisms, marriages and burials, 1618-1763; baptisms and burials, 1775-1810; baptisms, 1813-1889; marriage, 1788-1970; burials, 1813-1976; banns, 1828-1920; marriage licence, 1961; certificates, 1828-1901; service registers, 1914-1946"
Non Conformist Registers Deposited at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Chapel Baptisms Marriages Burials OS Map Ref
Bethlehem, Baptist - - 1924, 1947, 1951, 1958, 1966 ST 05067014

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

  • Llancarfan, St. Cadoc - Christenings (BT's), 1813-1871

Description & Travel

Aerial photograph of Whitton Lodge, Roman Villa, Llancarfan , 1996 - on the People's Collection Wales site (use search box)

Llancarfan - on Wikipedia

Llancarfan - on Pbase

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

Various landscapes - on the People's Collection Wales site

You can see pictures of Llancarfan which are provided by:



Transcript of complete name listing for St. Athan, with the parishes and villages of Eglwys Brewis, Gileston, Llancarfan and Penmark, from Slaters Directory for 1880.



  • Llancarfan Rectory
    1662-1798: leases 1662-1778, tithe corresp etc (and amongst general estate papers) 1769-1798
    [Gloucestershire Record Office, Clarence Row, off Alvin Street, Gloucester GL1 3DW - Reference: D936,D1740]


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

Descriptions of parish from
A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (1833) by Samuel Lewis and also
A Topographical Dictionary of The Dominion of Wales by Nicholas Carlisle, London, 1811.


Historical Geography

Some of the hamlets, towns and villages within this parish

  • Beach Castle
  • Leach Castle
  • Crosstown
  • Llanbethery
  • Llancadle
  • Moulton
  • Pancross
  • Pennon
  • Tre-Guff
  • Walterston

You can see the administrative areas in which Llancarfan 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



Parish map (Kain/Oliver)

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference ST058715 (Lat/Lon: 51.434895, -3.356838), Llancarfan which are provided by:


Names, Geographical

Places, villages, farms etc within Llancarfan 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)

  • Llancarfan [154] - Abernant, Broadclose Inn, Camp AM, Castle Ditches, Cliff, Coed Arthur, Coed y Colwn, Cornix, Cowlog, Crosstown, Cwm y Breach, Downs, Flaxland, Font, Ford Brook, Garn-lwyd, Green, Groes-heol, Hensel-bach, Kenson River, Kenson, Kingsland, Llanbethery, Llancadle, Llancarfan Pt, Middlecross, Middlehill, Moulton, Nant Treguff, Nant Whitton, Pancross, Pant y Coed, Pen-onn, River Thaw, River Waycock, Treguff, Ty ucha, Walterston, Whitton Bush, Whitton Rosser.
  • Llanvithin [Extra Parochial but included here] [156] - Aubrey Arms, Cae-main, CAMP, Castell Moel, Greenway, Leach Castle, LLANCARVAN, LLANVITHYN, Whitewell.


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 12th October 1900

LLANCARFAN. PLOUGHING MATCH.—A successful ploughing match was held at Llancarfan on Friday last, and was followed in the evening by a dinner at the Fox and Hounds Inn. A report will appear in our next issue.

  •   From the Barry Dock News 18th July 1890

LLANCARFAN. PARLIAMENTARY PETITION.—In the House of Commons on Tuesday night last, Mr Arthur Williams (G., South Glamorgan) presented a petition against the Rating of Machinery Bill from the churchwardens and overseers of Llancarfan.

  • From the  Barry Dock News 15th August 1890

LLANCARFAN. THE HARVEST.—On Friday, the 8th instant, Mr Robert Lougher, Carnllwyd, cut six acres of wheat, in splendid condition, and a very heavy crop. Although the weather has been so unfavourable to bring the corn to the sickle it is not so late this season as it has been seen of late years.

  •  From the Barry Dock News 5th August 1892

LLANCARFAN. SUNDAY SCHOOL TREAT.—On Wednesday, the 28th ultimo, the members of the Sunday School in connection with the Baptist Chapel, Llancarfan, had their annual trip to the Leys. The weather was beautifully fine for the occasion, and, notwithstanding the busy season, especially among farmers, a good number of scholars and friends assembled at the rendezvous at 12.30, where waggons, &c., kindly lent by Messrs John, Lidmore; Edwards, Pennon and John, Ford Farm, were in waiting to convey the pleasure seekers. The Leys was reached about two o'clock, and after a short interval the company sat down to a substantial tea prepared at the ship Hotel.  ....(part extract)......

  •  From the Barry Dock News 1st January 1897

LLANCARFAN. OPENING OF FREE LEADING LIBRARY. Friday week last will be a memorable day in the history of Llancarfan and Llanvitihyn, being the celebration, at Llancarfan Schoolroom, of the opening of the Free Lending Library, an event which has been looked forward to with pleasure, and some amount of longing by many a bookworm in this locality. There was a good number present, and Mr T. Price., Llanbethery, who has been most indefatigable in his dual offices as chairman and treasurer of the Library Committee, was voted to the chair. ....(part extract)......




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

1841 - 699 1851 - 662 1861 - 668 1871 - 568 1881 - 564 1891 - 548

Public Records

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

  • Llancarfan Civil Parish records      ".......... including financial records, 1890-1968; tax collection records, 1890-1892; poor law bastardy records, 1745-1807; poor law settlement records, 1767-1880; correspondence, 1924-1970; minutes books, 1821-1968; tithe plan and apportionment, 1841; incumbent's tithe account book, 1869-1913; assistant overseers rate book, 1920-1926; highway surveyors account book, 1853-1870; miscellaneous records, 1780-1960"


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

  • Llancarfan School Board records          " .... comprising of minute books, 1873-1903"