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Ystalyfera in the Parish of Llangiwg

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"YSTALYFERA is a populous village and ecclesiastical parish, formed in 1903 from Llanguicke, with a station on the London, Midland and Scottish railway, in the Neath division of the county of Glamorgan, Pontardawe petty sessional division and union, rural deanery of East Gower, archdeaconry of Carmarthen and diocese of St. David's : it lies 12 miles north-east from Swansea. ... More " [From  Kelly's South Wales Directory 1923  (ArchiveCDBooks)  - transcribed by Gareth Hicks]



References to the town of Ystalyfera at

An on-line index to the book Pontardawe and District, by John Henry Davies [1967] has been provided by Gareth Hick


Business and Commerce Records

  • Ystalyfera Iron Company
    1838-95: deeds of settlement, minute books, accounts, balance sheets, reports, correspondents, papers
    [Enquiries to West Yorkshire Archive Service, Leeds]

Ystalyfera Chamber of Trade.   A list of members as shown in the South Wales Voice, Dec 15 1928.   Now included here


Church History

See under Chapels and Churches on the Cwmgors/Waun site       Now included here


Church Records

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

Ystalyfera, Chapel of ease to Llangiwg, formed into a parish in 1903

See under Chapels and Churches on the Cwmgors/Waun site       Now included here

The church is dedicated to St. David, is in the Benefice of Ystalyfera, and 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 SN767089.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
1890-1922 1903-1926 - - -

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

  • Ystalyfera Ecclesiastical Parish Records          "Registers (including service and banns registers) 1874-1991; graveyard regulations 1930; PCC and Easter Vestry minutes 1904-1970."
    "Dedicated to St David, built 1890. Parish formed in 1903 from Llangiwg. Formerly included Holy Trinity, Godre'graig (built c. 1859, closed 1979)."
Non Conformist Registers Deposited
Chapel Baptisms Marriages Burials OS Map Ref Deposited/
Zoar/Soar, Baptist*
*not on WGAS online list
- *1902-1979 - SN 76530868 WGAS

Caersalem Baptist





Pant-teg, Congregational 1822-1837 - - SN 76060798 PRO
Capel Seion, Wesleyan 1810-1817, 1837-1856, 1885-1930 - - SN 76850904 WGAS
Capel Seion, Wesleyan 1929-1965 - - SN 76850904 NLW

NLW - National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
PRO - Public Record Office, London
WGAS - West Glamorgan Archive Service


Description and Travel

Ystalyfera - on Wikipedia

Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site

  • Various landscapes
  • Swansea Canal, Ystalyfera 1947

You can see pictures of Ystalyfera in the Parish of Llangiwg which are provided by:



Transcript of complete name listing for Ystalyfera, from Slaters Directory for 1871.

Transcript of complete entry for Ystalyfera from Kelly's Directory South Wales 1910

The Swansea Directory (Purriers) for 1913 -  the complete book is viewable on the Internet Archive  - has  Pontardawe, Clydach, Ystalyfera and Amman Valley trades sections

Transcript of complete entry for Ystalyfera from Kelly's Directory South Wales 1923



Ask for a calculation of the distance from Ystalyfera in the Parish of Llangiwg to another place.

Click here for a list of nearby places.



Cwmgors/Waun site         A collection of genealogical/local history material relating to the parish of Llangiwg


Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Ystalyfera in the Parish of Llangiwg has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



Ystalyfera History

Ystalyfera - the cholera outbreak of 1866    Now included here

Some aspects of life of the canal workers may be gleaned from Roger Thomas's humerous verses submitted to the National Eisteddfod in Ystalyfera in 1860.  Now included here

Fatal Railway Accident in Swansea Valley – 1893  - John Ball's Blog  (Under Archives Sept 2018)   "An account of the fatal railway accident that occurred in December 1893 at Ynys-y-geinon Junction, near Ystalyfera in the Swansea Valley near the border between Glamorgan and Breconshire. The incident was caused by a sudden landslip after heavy rain. The deceased was the railway guard, William Meredith of Ystalyfera."

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

  • W D Williams collection     "Lecture notes, 1923 including notes for a lecture concerning the history of Ystalyfera 1923, notes for a lecture on the old industries of Ystalyfera undated (?1920s) notes for a lecture on the history of the Parish of Llangiwg undated (?1920s) and a notebook recording the contents of other copybooks and notebooks undated (?1920s"

Names, Personal

 Ystalyfera - Llys Enwau Ystalyfera. A list of nicknames contributed by Roy Davies.  Now included here



Tareni Colliery, Ystalyfera on the Welsh Coal Mines site

See under Coal Mining on the Cwmgors/Waun site

Tirbach Colliery, Ystalyfera, Glamorgan, showing date above blocked entrance 1899 - on the People's Collection Wales site

Ystalyfera    Four generations of clockmaking in the Swansea valley.    Now included here

Ystalyfera -  a feature on the Iron and Tinplate Works     Now included here

Ebenezer Rees of Ystalyfera was the printer and founder editor of Llais Llafur (Labour Voice) which he started up in Ystalyfera in 1898 - he was  also the grandfather of Donald Peers, the popular singer of the 1950s



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

  • Panteg School records    "Panteg School in the parish of Ystalyfera ........ was opened in 1877 and enlarged in 1888."
    Records;- "........ including log books, 1877-1929; admission register, 1948-1974."
  • Wern School, Ystalyfera, records  (opened in about 1863)        "log books, 1863-1960"

Social life and Customs

Chair won by Rev. Ben Davies, Panteg, Ystalyfera, at Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Llandudno, 1896 - on the People's Collection Wales site