Michaelston super Ely


"MICHAELSTON super ELAY, in the Cwmwd of Is Caeth, Cantref of Brenhinol (now called the Hundred of Dinas Powys), Co. of GLAMORGAN, South Wales: a discharged Rectory, with the Rectory of St. Bride's united, and valued in the King's Books at £8..6..8: Patrons, The Trustees under the Will of John Llewellyn, Esq.: Church dedicated to St. Michael. The Resident Population of this Parish, in 1801, was 53. The Money raised by the Parish Rates, in 1803, was, £13..15..1, at 1s. 1d. in the pound. It is 5 m. W.b.S. from Caerdiff. According to the Diocesan Report, in 1809, the yearly value of this Benefice, arising from Tythes, and Glebe, was £117..7..6. The Castle is in ruins."From: A Topographical Dictionary of The Dominion of Walesby Nicholas Carlisle, London, 1811.

"MICHAELSTON super ELY, a parish in the hundred of DINAS-POWIS, County of GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES, 4 1/2 miles (W.) from Cardiff, containing 60 inhabitants. This small parish, which derives its name from the dedication of its church to St. Michael, and its distinguishing appellation from its situation on the southern bank of the river Ely, which separates it from the parish of St. Fagan, is beautifully situated in the south-eastern part of the county, and comprises a moderate portion of rich arable and pasture land, which is in a good state of cultivation. It was formerly distinguished for a castle erected here, probably by some of the Norman invaders of the principality, but of which little of the history has been preserved, and scarcely the ruins are at present distinguishable. The surrounding scenery is pleasingly varied, and the distant views extend over a fertile and highly cultivated tract of country. The living is a discharged rectory, with the rectory of St. Bride's super Ely consolidated, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Llandaf, rated in the king's books at £ 8. 6. 8., and in the patronage of Llewellyn Trehearne, Esq. The church, dedicated to St. Michael, is not remarkable for any architectural details. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor is £ 12. 4." ( A Topographical Dictionary of Wales by Samuel Lewis 1833)



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. Michael

Church History

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

St Michael's Church, Michaelston - 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

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on  FreeReg

The church is dedicated to St. Michael, and is in the Benefice of St. Fagans with Michaelston-super-Ely. 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 ST114763.

A transcription of the registers is available from the Glamorgan Family History Society for the years: Baptisms, 1721-1905, Marriages, 1724-1835, Burials, 1724-1909.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
1761-1992 1754-1835, 1841-1965 1761-1813, 1815-1993 1906-1972 1721, 1724-1726, 1728-1779, 1781-1820, 1828-1837

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

  • Michaelston-super-Ely Ecclesiastical Parish records           " ........... including registers of baptisms, 1785-1890; marriages, 1786-1930; burials, 1785-1890; banns, 1827-1849; services for St Michaels Church, 1911-1935; services for All Saints, Cwmavon, 1905-1948; parochial church council accounts, 1933-1972"

Description & Travel

Michaelston-super-Ely - on Wikipedia

You can see pictures of Michaelston super Ely which are provided by:



Transcript of name listing for Llandaff, with the parishes and villages of Caerau, Ely, Fairwater, Radyr, Llanilltern, St. Fagan's, Michaelston-super-Ely, and St. Bride's-super-Ely from Slaters Directory for 1880.



The transcription of the section for Michaelston-super-Ely from The National Gazetteer (1868) provided by Colin Hinson.


Historical Geography

Some of the hamlets, towns and villages within this parish

  • Culverhouse
  • Cyntwell

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



Michaelston-super-Ely Deserted Medieval Village - on the People's Collection Wales site



This diagram shows the position of this parish within the county of Glamorgan - click on this to see a full size diagram of the county



Michaelstone super Ely, Glamorganshire - on the People's Collection Wales site

Parish map (Kain/Oliver)

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference ST121760 (Lat/Lon: 51.476438, -3.266545), Michaelston super Ely which are provided by:


Names, Geographical

Places, villages, farms etc within Michaelston-super-Ely parish 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 Gareth Hicks)

  • Michaelston-super-Ely (147); Great Western Railway; Green Fm.; Michaelston-super-Ely


The Population of Michaelston-super-Ely was as follows, and a more detailed breakdown is available.

1841 - 54 1851 - 48 1861 - 49 1871 - 42 1881 - 43 1891 - 52

Public Records

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

  • Michaelston-super-Ely Civil Parish records      " ...............comprising tithe plan and apportionment, 1839; churchwardens account book, 1840-1851"