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Ely in the Parishes of Llandaff and Caerau

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"ELY is a hamlet attached in 1871 for ecclesiastical purposes to the parish of Caerau, and is 1 mile southwest, with a station on the Cardiff section of the Great Western railway, 158 miles from London. The church of St. David, a chapel of ease to Caerau, built in 1871, is a plain building of local stone, in the Gothic style, ... there are 230 sittings. The Rev. David Lewis Marsden B.A. of St. David's, Lampeter, and vicar of Caerau, officiates. A parish room was erected in 1897. There is a Wesleyan chapel, erected in 1910 at a cost of £3500, seating 750. Races are held here four times a year: there is a grand stand on the course. Two breweries and a jam factory are situated here. Llandaff and Dinas Powis Rural District Isolation Hospital was built in 1907 at a cost of £15,000, and will hold 32 patients." [From Kelly's South Wales Directory 1923 (ArchiveCDBooks) - transcribed by Gareth Hicks]


Business and Commerce Records

Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site

  • View of Ely Paper Works, Cardiff
  • 'Old Quarry, Ely' by Charles Byrd, 1950s
  • 'The Brewery, Ely' by Charles Byrd, 1950s
  • 'The Brewery and Paper Mill, Ely' by Charles Byrd, 1950s

Church Records

For full and up-to-date details of their holdings see the sites of Glamorgan Record Office and/or West Glamorgan Archives

Ely contains two Anglican churches :-

Non Conformist Registers Deposited
Chapel Baptisms Marriages Burials OS Map Ref Deposited
Mount Pleasant, Calvinistic Methodist 1927-1955 - - ST 13497674 NLW
Grand Avenue, Congregational/United Reformed - 1982-1989 - ST 13677647 GRO
Ebenezer, Wesleyan 1798-1837 - - ST 14427668 PRO

GRO - Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
NLW - National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
PRO - Public Record Office, London


Description and Travel

Ely - on Wikipedia

Various landscapes - on the People's Collection Wales site

Ely Station "The Great Western railway line ..... was built in the mid 1800s .... At the end of the 19th century both Ely and St Fagans possessed stations. Ely station was set next to Ely Bridge ..... " - on the People's Collection Wales site

You can see pictures of Ely in the Parishes of Llandaff and Caerau which are provided by:



Transcript of name listing for Llandaff, with the parishes and villages of Caerau, Ely, Fairwater, Radyr, Llanilltern, St. Fagan's, Michaelston-super-Ely, and St. Bride's-super-Ely from Slaters Directory for 1880.



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

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Ely in the Parishes of Llandaff and Caerau has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



Ely Hospital (multiple items) - on the People's Collection Wales site


Military History

Ely WW2 Artillery Men and Home Guard - on the People's Collection Wales site



Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site

  • A group of four nurses from Ely Hospital. The reverse of the photograph is labelled "Rita(?), Sylvia Skurse, Mona Husaey, Staff Davies Thelma. Ely Hospital May 13th '62"
  • Mounted police officers of the Glamorgan Constabulary on duty at Ely Race Course. c1900

Social life and Customs

Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site

  • Ely Racecourse "National hunt horse racing first came to Ely on 30th May 1855, surviving right up to the Second World War......"
  • Paddock at Ely Races, 1924
  • The Grand Stand, Ely Races, Cardiff, 1911
  • Ely Races, Cardiff, 1898
  • Edwin Prosser with his plane on Ely Racecourse 1913
  • In 1953 the old racecourse was officially reopened as Cardiff’s biggest sports and recreation centre and is still used for playing football today.
  • Sheepdog trials were held on Ely racecourse in the early 20th century.
  • Ely Racecourse wasn’t just for racing horses! On 16th August 1947 people from all over Cardiff flocked to the racecourse to watch the first International bicycle polo match between Wales and England