Abercanaid in the Parish of Merthyr Tydfil


"ABERCANAID is 1½ miles south [of MT]. St. Peter's church, Abercanaid, is a small building of stone, consisting only of chancel and nave; the Rev. John Charles Kempthorne Buckley L.Div. of St. David’s College, Lampeter, has been curate in charge since 1919. Merthyr Vale is 5 miles south; Pen-yr-Heolgerrig is three-quarters of a mile north-west; Pontmorlais is a continuation of High street, Merthyr; Plymouth is 1 mile south; Twyn-y- Rodyn is a quarter of a mile east, and Tydfils Well three-quarters of a mile north. There are stations on the Great Western railway at Merthyr Vale, Quaker's Yard, Abercanaid, Aberfan and Treharris" [From Kelly's South Wales Directory 1923 (ArchiveCDBooks) - transcribed by Gareth Hicks]


Church History

Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site

  • Sion Chapel, Abercanaid
  • Old Graig Chapel, Abercanaid at the turn of the century
  • Graig Chapel Abercanaid Centenary Programme - 14 March 1948
  • Graig Chapel Abercanaid

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. Peter, is in the Benefice of Abercanaid, and diocese of Llandaff. Details of the present incumbent of this benefice can be found at the Church in Wales website.

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

Description & Travel

Abercanaid on Alan George's site

Abercanaid - on Wikipedia

Historic Landscape Characterisation - Abercanaid and Llwyn-yr-Eos "An important surviving example of a 19th century settlement associated with the Graig and Gethin Pits, initially developed by 1850 and substantially extended during the following quarter century............................"
And Upper Abercanaid

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Historical Geography

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



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SO057036 (Lat/Lon: 51.723164, -3.366608), Abercanaid in the Parish of Merthyr Tydfil which are provided by:


Military History

Killed in Action 27-01-1917. An article from the Merthyr Pioneer about the death of Evan Thomas from Abercanaid during the First World War. - on the People's Collection Wales site



Old Abercanaid Pit, 1896 on the People's Collection Wales site (use search box)

Abercanaid Colliery on the Welsh Coal Mines site

Gethin Colliery, Abercanaid on the Welsh Coal Mines site

Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site

  • Aerial photograph of forestry north-east of Aberdare with Cwm Pit Colliery at Abercanaid visible in the distance. Taken on 14 October 2009.
  • Abercanaid, old pit. 1896c


"Abercanaid & Pentre-bach. These places are populous districts on both sides of the river Taff near Merthyr. They are connected with the extensive works at Pentre-bach, where National schools have been established many years ago. Here again the Dissenters are obliged to submit to Church Catechism, and Church attendance. There is no public school on unsectarian principles, at Abercanaid, Pentre bach, or Troedyrhiw, in this neighbourhood although they have Dissenting Chapels numerous."
From The Journal of William Roberts ('Nefydd'), 1853-62 by E D Jones, National Library of Wales journal Vol IX/1 Summer 1955.