Tonyrefail in the Parish of Llantrisant


"TON-YR-EFAIL, a place in the E of Glamorgan; 6 miles from Pontypridd." [From John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72) on Vision of Britain]

"TONYREFAIL is a village 4 miles north from Llantrisant, with a station on the Llantrisant and Penygraig section of the Great Western railway. It is an ecclesiastical parish formed in 1912 from Llantrisant civil parish, and comprises Tonyrefail, Coedely, Gilfach Goch and Thomas Town, and is in the Pontypridd division of the county of Glamorgan, hundred of Miskin, petty sessional division of Lower Miskin, union and county court district of Pontypridd, and rural deanery, archdeaconry and diocese of Llandaff. The church of St. David's, erected in 1902 at a cost of £3,500, is a building of stone in the Gothic style,...an organ was installed in 1909; there are 400 sittings. The register dates from the year 1912. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value £340 in the gift of the Bishop of Llandaff and the Board of Patronage, ... There are English and Welsh Baptist, United Methodist, Calvinistic Methodist and Congregational chapels. In this district is the Llantrisant cemetery. " [From Kelly's South Wales Directory 1923 (ArchiveCDBooks) - transcribed by Gareth Hicks]


Archives & Libraries

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

  • Ainon Welsh Baptist Chapel
  • Capel-y-Ton Calvinistic Methodist Church

Church History

Measured drawing showing plan of St David's Church, Tonyrefail, produced by R.A. Letherby, 1981-1982. - on the People's Collection Wales site


Church Records

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

The Parish of Tonyrefail with Gilfach Goch - contains local transcriptions

Tonyrefail contains two Anglican churches :-

Non Conformist Registers Deposited at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Chapel Baptisms Marriages Burials OS Map Ref
Ainon, Baptist - 1936-1976 - ST 00768828

Description & Travel

Tonyrefail - on Tonyrefail.org - lots of genealogy related content and more

Tonyrefail - on the Rhondda Cynon Taf Libraries Heritage Trail site

You can see pictures of Tonyrefail in the Parish of Llantrisant which are provided by:



Transcript of complete name listing for Llantrissant, with Brynsadler, New Mill and Tonyrefail, from the Post Office Directory, for 1871





A Tonyrefail family, about 1890 - on the People's Collection Wales site


Historical Geography

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


Land & Property

Collenna estate - Building leases of land in Tonyrefail 1859-1883 - at W Glamorgan Archives (Neath Mechanics' Inst)

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

  • Collection of deeds for property in Tonyrefail "The deeds relate to the ownership and tenancy of a shop on Mill Road, Tonyrefail, lying within the Collenna Estate"
  • Collenna Estate papers "Building leases of land in Tonyrefail, 1859-1883; deeds and documents relating to minerals at Gilfach-goch in the parish of Ystradyfodwg, 1853-1875; deeds relating to trusteeship of estates on behalf of William Jones of Craigavon and Painswick, Gloucestershire, 1851-1869."


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference ST013882 (Lat/Lon: 51.583984, -3.425936), Tonyrefail in the Parish of Llantrisant which are provided by:


Military History

War Memorial to WWI and WWII (and subsequently) at Trane Cemetery. Contributed by Martin Atkins, 2001

Selection of WW1 postcards - on the People's Collection Wales site



Cilely Colliery (between Edmundstown and Tonyrefail) on the Welsh Coal Mines sit


Social Life & Customs

Cassie and Blod Wile of Pantybrad near Tonyrefail, ready for Chapel, dressed traditionally in what was know as your 'Sunday Best' in 1908. - on the People's Collection Wales site