"LLANMAES, or LLANVAES (LLAN-MAES), a parish in the hundred of COWBRIDGE, county of GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES, 3 1/2 miles (S.) from Cowbridge, containing 234 inhabitants.
This parish is situated in a most fertile and salubrious part of the Vale of Glamorgan, and within two miles of the Bristol channel : it is watered by a small rivulet, which, passing by the churchyard, falls into the Bristol channel about three miles below it. The lands, which are almost entirely enclosed and in a high state of cultivation, are fertile and productive ; and the environs abound with varied and pleasing scenery.
The salubrity of the air is attested by several entries in the parish register of the burial of persons whose lives had been extended to an almost incredibly protracted period : among these, the most remarkable are the following, which have been extracted verbatim;-" Ivan Yorath buried a Saterdaye the XVII day of July anno doni 1621 et anno regni regis vicessimo primo annoque aetatis circa 180. He was a Sowdiar in the fights of Boswoorthe, and lived at Lantwit Major, and he lived much by fishing. John Sherry was buried 8th of December 1624, aged 104 years. Thomas Watkin sepultus fuit octavo die Martii 1628, aetatis circa 100. Elizabeth Yorath wife of Edmund Thomas was buried the 13th of February 1668, aged 177."
The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Llandaf, rated in the king's hooks at £ 10. 2. 3 1/2., and in the patronage of the Marquis of Bute : attached to it are seventy-two acres of glebe land. The church is dedicated to St. Cadocus. A Sunday school is supported by the rector.
Mrs. Susannah Thomas, in 1747, bequeathed a rent-charge of £ 1, and Mrs. Jane Thomas, in 1761, bequeathed a rent-charge of one bushel of wheat, Cowbridge measure, both which are annually distributed among the poor of the parish. Near the church are the remains, now inconsiderable, of the ancient castellated mansion of the Maliphants, which is noticed by Leland, in his Itinerary, as belonging to the crown, and at that time in a state of great dilapidation. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor is £ 124. 12."