"LLAN ILLTWRN, in the Cwmwd of Uwch Caeth, Cantref of Brenhinol (now called the Hundred of Dinas Powys), County of GLAMORGAN, South Wales: a Chapel, not in charge, annexed to the Rectory of St. Fagan's: Patron, The Earl of Plymouth: Chapel dedicated to St. Illtyd. The Resident Population of this Parish, in 1801, was 84. The Money raised by the Parish Rates, in 1803, was £61..0..3 It is 6 m. N.W. from Caerdiff. This Parish contains about 1000 statute acres of Land, all inclosed. The remains of the Monastery are now a Barn. This Chapelry is supposed to have been separated from the Parish of St. Fagan's, about the reign of Queen Elizabeth: it has a Register, and chooses its Warden, and makes its own Rates; but pays to the repairs of St. Fagan's Church and Bridge; and when the Rate for them is made, it pays the third Penny. The Duty of this Chapel is once a day, Morning and Evening alternately, and generally in the Welsh language.- "St. Iltutus founded a Monastery here, A. D. 508, and made it a place for Education in human Learning as well as Religion: so that many worthy Men are said to have been brought up here." - Tanner's Not. Mon. From: A Topographical Dictionary of The Dominion of Wales by Nicholas Carlisle, London, 1811.

"LLANILTERNE, or CHAPEL ILTERNE (LLANILLTEYRN), a parochial chapelry in the hundred of DINAS POWIS, county of GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES, on the road from Cardiff to Llantrissent, 6 miles (W. N. W.) from Cardiff, containing 149 inhabitants. It is stated to have been separated from the parish of St. Fagan about the reign of Queen Elizabeth; but the inhabitants still contribute one-third to the repairs of the church and bridge of that parish. The living is consolidated with the rectory of St. Fagan's, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Llandaf. The chapel, dedicated to St. Illtyd, is a very small building, with a curious inscription, not wholly legible, at the southwestern angle of the exterior wall, said to be to the memory of the wife of the renowned King Arthur. There is a place of worship for Independents. At Llanvairvawr, an ancient farm-house belonging to the Earl of Plymouth, lately destroyed by fire, are the ruins of a religious house, founded about the year 508, by St. Illtyd, as " a place for education in human learning, as well as religion :" the chapel is entire, and has been converted into a barn. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor is £157. 13. " ( 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.

"Annals of St. Fagan's with Llanillterne - An Ancient Glamorgan Parish", indexed by David Webb.



Gravestone Photographic Resource - an international grave monument directory. Includes Llanilltern compiled by David Webb

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

  • Parish Church of St. Ellteyrn

Church History

Glamorgan Chapels Database - a list of all known non-conformist chapels or other non-Anglican religions in the parish
Here are references found for one such chapel;

  • Taihirion Independent chapel, Llanilltern ST10587983 Built in 1760, modified, altered or rebuilt in 1822 and 1896, not still in use 2000
    The Chapels Recording Project in Wales (RCAHMW)
  • Book index entry "Taihirion Cong. Chapel" in "Annals of St. Fagan's with Llanillterne - An Ancient Glamorgan Parish"
  • Taihirion English Ind chapel Opened in 1822 Closed by 1992 "no trace of records"
    My Ancestors were Congregationalists in England and Wales, by D J H Clifford, SOG, 1992.
  • Taihirion Ind, Llanilltern Erected c 1761 Evan Williams, Deacon (Informant) 1851 Religious Census
  • Rees, Thomas & John Thomas. Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru (History of the Welsh Independent Churches), 4 volumes (published 1871+). Here is the entry for this chapel (in Welsh) - with translation by Steve Stephenson (Nov 2008)

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

Llanilltern was formerly a chapelry in the Parish of St. Fagans

The church is dedicated to St. Ellteryn, is in the Benefice of Pentyrch with Capel Llanilltern, and diocese of Llandaff. 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 ST095799.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
- 1756-1767 - - 1717, 1724-1740, 1742-1744, 1747-1749, 1752, 1755, 1758-1763, 1765-1790, 1792-1814, 1816-1830, 1832-1837

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

  • Llanilltern, St. Ellteryn - Christenings (BT's), 1800-1867

Description & Travel

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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.




Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Llanilltern 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



Plan of the parish of St Fagans with the chapelry of Llanillterne, Glamorganshire - on the People's Collection Wales site

Parish map (Kain/Oliver)

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference ST097798 (Lat/Lon: 51.509542, -3.301993), Llanilltern which are provided by:


Names, Geographical

Places, villages, farms etc within Llanilltern 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 Jean Gilson)

  • Llanilltern (127): Capel Llanilltern; Llanfair-fach; Llwyn-ioli; Parc; Pen-coed; Tre-gyrnog; Tre-wern; Ty-du; Tyla-Morris.


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 Cardiff Times 17th December 1870

LLANILLTERN. PENNY READINGS.—The first of a series of Penny Readings, under the auspices of Mr. Hill, took place recently, in the long room of the chapel, and proved a success. Mr. J. Thomas took the chair on the occasion. The evening's entertainment was opened by the Pentyrch brass band.  .....(part extract).....

  • From The Glamorgan Monmouth and Brecon Gazette and Merthyr…1st July 1843

LANILLTERN BENEFIT SOCIETY.  This old established society held its anniversary a few days since. The members, amounting to upwards of two hundred, assembled in a field near Goitre, on the Llantrissent road, where they were met by the Tongwynlais band of music. About ten o'clock they formed into a procession headed by their late neighbour and kind patron Henry Lewis, Esq., of Greenmeadow, Whitchurch, and proceeded  towards the little church of Llanilltern, ..... .....(part extract).....

  • From The Cardiff Times 14th November 1903

WELSH TIT BITS  -  Capel Llanilltern is a parochial chapelry in the parish of St. Fagans. This peculiar arrangement was made in the reign of Queen Elizabeth. The chapel has been recently rebuilt, and may be considered a mortuary chapel of the Lewis family, as they have been buried there for over 200 years. The walls of the chancel are internally and externally ornamented with shields of arms of the said family.

  • From The Cardiff Times 21st January 1871

LLANILLTERN. ACCIDENT. — On Tuesday evening, as Mr. and Mrs. Thomas, of Caera Farm, were returning from Llantwit Vardre their horse shyed at an encampment of gipsies on the turnpike road, at Chapel. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas were thrown out of the vehicle on the road. Luckily Mr. Thomas escaped with a few bruises, and with great presence of mind he caught the horse by the head. and by so doing saved the gig from running over Mrs. Thomas, who also sustained nothing worse than a severe fright



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

1841 - 136 1851 - 137 1861 - 150 1871 - 155 1881 - 118 1891 - 97

Public Records

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

  • Llanilltern Civil Parish records       " ....... comprising assistant overseer's rate books, 1916-1926; assistant overseer's receipt and payment book, 1901-1928; assistant overseer's collection book, 1916-1920; assistant overseer's valuation lists, 1908-1922; copy of churchwardens' accounts, 1726-1727; copy of tithe plan and apportionment, c1840"