Tai-bach in the Parish of Margam


"TAIBACH, a chapelry, with a suburban village, in Margam parish, Glamorgan; on the South Wales railway, adjacent to Port-Talbot r. station, and to Aberavon. ... The statistics are returned with the parish. There are copper-works. The living is annexed to Margam." [From John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72)  on Vision of Britain]

"TAIBACH, a village in the parish of Margam, distant about 1½ mile from Aberavon, and something less from Port Talbot. The principal feature here is the extensive copper works of Messrs. Vivian & Sons, which employ a great number of hands, through which the inhabitants are almost entirely dependend. There is a chapel of ease under Margam parish church, and a chapel for the Calvinistic Methodists, likewise a school supported by the above works." [Slaters Commercial Directory, 1858-1859]



An online index to the book A History of Taibach to 1872, by Rev. Richard Morgan has been provided by Carole Wilkes


Church History

Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site

  • Galipoli Road and Gideon Congregational Church, Taibach.
  • St Theodore's Whitsun Procession, Taibach, Port Talbot.

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 church is dedicated to St. Theodore, is in the Benefice of Port Talbot St. Theodore, 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 SS773891.

Anglican Parish Registers
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
No Registers have been deposited yet

  West Glam.Archives at Swansea have the registers for Holy Cross Chapel of Ease Taibach."

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

  • Port Talbot St Theodore Ecclesiastical Parish Records               "Dedicated to St Theodore. Built in the parish of Margam in 1901 by Emily Charlotte Talbot in memory of her brother Theodore Mansel Talbot and her sister Olivia Talbot"
    "PCC report 2000; Churchwardens' statements of accounts 1998-2000; orders of service 1997-2001; parish magazines 1996-2001."
   Non Conformist Registers Deposited
Chapel Baptisms Marriages Burials OS Map Ref


Calvinistic Methodist
1815-1837 - - SS 77228897


1822-1837 - - SS 77568892


Dyffryn Ajalon CM



PRO - Public Record Office, London
WGAS - West Glamorgan Archive Service

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

  • Taibach, St. Theodore ?? - Christenings (BT's), 1850-1875
  • Taibach St. Mary - Christenings 1822-1837

Extract from Taibach Wesleyan Methodist Chapel baptism register 1886-7 - on the People's Collection Wales the Jewels site


Description & Travel

Taibach - on Wikipedia

Various landscapes - on the People's Collection Wales site

You can see pictures of Tai-bach in the Parish of Margam which are provided by:



Transcript of name listing for Margam with Taibach, from Post Office Directory for 1871



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


Historical Geography

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



Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site

  • General View of Taibach Nr Port Talbot.
  • High Street, Taibach, Nr. Port Talbot.
  • Tir Caradoc, Taibach Working Mens' Club, Port Talbot.
  • The Somerset Inn, Taibach, Port Talbot
  • Members of the Margam U. D. C. On the occasion of the Opening of the Council Offices at Taibach.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SS775890 (Lat/Lon: 51.586499, -3.769562), Tai-bach in the Parish of Margam which are provided by:



Oakwood colliery, Taibach on the Welsh Coal Mines site

The 1890 Morfa Colliery Disaster - on Daniel Morgan's site;       and on the Welsh Coal Mines site

Taibach Copper Works, Port Talbot - on the People's Collection Wales site



Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site

  • Eastern Boys School, Taibach, Port Talbot. Standard V and VI
  • Eastern Infants School on Incline Row, Taibach, Port Talbot. The school opened in 1911.