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"LLAN SANNWR, in the Cwmwd of Pen y Bont, Cantref of Cron Nedd (now called the Hundred of Cowbridge), County of GLAMORGAN, South Wales: a discharged Rectory, valued in the King's Books at £7..15..7 1/2: Patron, John Francis Gwyn, Esq.: Church dedicated to St. Senewyr. The Resident Population of this Parish, in 1801, was 170. The Money raised by the Parish Rates, in 1803, was £63..5..3, at 3s. in the pound. It is 2 m. N. from Cowbridge. This Parish contains about 1500 acres of Land; 1400 of which are inclosed and cultivated, and the remaining 100 are still uninclosed. Mr. Gwyn is the Proprietor of the principal part of the Parish. It is situate upon the river Sannwr, which rises in this Parish, and flows onward to Cowbridge, where it changes its name for that of Ddaw. Here are the vestiges of an ancient Chapel, called Brigam. According to the Diocesan Report, in 1809, the yearly value of this Benefice, arising from Tythes, 82..10..6."
(A Topographical Dictionary of The Dominion of Wales by Nicholas Carlisle, London, 1811)




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. Senwyr


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Llansannor area or see them printed on a map.


Church History

Glamorgan Chapels Database - no non-conformist chapels found in this parish


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. Senwyr, and is in the Benefice of Cowbridge Details of the present incumbent of this benefice can be found at the Church in Wales website. The church can be found at grid reference SS993775.

A transcription of the registers is available from the Glamorgan Family History Society for the years: Baptisms, 1723-1901, Marriages, 1724-1845, Burials, 1723-1900.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
1727-1992 1727-1984 1786-1984 1823-1975 1724-1749, 1751-1837

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

  • Llansannor, St. Senwyr - Christenings (BT's), 1724-1868

Description and Travel

"LLANSANNOR (LLAN - SAN - NWR), otherwise THAW, a parish in the hundred of COWBRIDGE, county of GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES, 4 miles (N.) from Cowbridge, containing 184 inhabitants. This place is situated on the river Thaw, which rises in the parish, and, proceeding by Cowbridge, in its course to which place it occasionally forms the boundary between Llansannor and Penllyne, falls into the channel, about six miles distant, where it forms the little harbour of Aberthaw. The soil is chiefly sandy, and the parish, which comprises about twelve hundred acres, is for the most part flat : the lands are, with the exception of a very small portion, enclosed and in a good state of cultivation. Llansannor House, formerly the residence of the lord of the manor ; and Brigam, the property of Sir Charles Taylor, are both now in a greatly dilapidated condition, and in the occupation of tenants : near the latter are the remains of an ancient castle, formerly of some note in this part of the principality. The living is a discharged rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Llandaf, rated in the king's books at £7. 15.7 1/2., and in the patronage of J. F. Gwyn, Esq. The church, dedicated to St. Senewyr, is a small ancient edifice : at the south end of the chancel is an ancient recumbent effigy of a warrior clad in armour, with a sword and shield, the head resting on a lion, and at the feet a dog. Mr. Edward Thomas, of Argoed, in this parish, bequeathed to the poor half the rent of a house and croft in the parish of St. Mary Hill, now producing £ 4 per annum. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor amounts to £ 130. 17." ( A Topographical Dictionary of Wales by Samuel Lewis 1833)

Places, villages, farms etc within Llansannor 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)

  • Llansannor [109] - Afon Dawen, Argoed ganol, Argoed isaf, Argoed uchaf, Breigam, Broadway, Cae-Rhys-ddu, City, Fron-wen, Garwa, Gelligaer Castle AM, Gelli-goll, Graig, Is y coed, Llansannor Court, Llansannor, New forest, Pant y-llywydd, Pen-y-lan, Rectory, Ton-breigam, Trallwm, Windmill Fm.

Llansannor - a community site

Llansannor - on Wikipedia

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Transcript of name listing for Cowbridge, and neighbouring parishes from Commercial and Trade Directories, for the years:-

1858-1859 (Slaters Directory)   1880 (Slaters Directory)


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

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Historical Geography

Some of the hamlets, towns and villages within this parish

  • Breigan
  • City
  • Ton Breigam

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


Land and Property

  • Gwyn family of Llansannor and Forde Abbey, Devon
    1714-75: estate account book
    [Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff]


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

1841 - 204 1851 - 208 1861 - 197 1871 - 205 1881 - 187 1891 - 197

Public Records

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

  • Llansannor Civil Parish Records       "......... including overseer's and surveyor's account book, 1817-1819; list of men liable to serve as chief constable of Cowbridge higher, 1825; overseer's and surveyor's rate book, 1817-1818; overseer's account book, 1827-1830; copy of tithe plan and apportionment, 1845 [copied c1980]"