"NICHOLASTON, in the Cwmwd of Gwyr, Cantref of Eginog (now called thc Hundred of Swansea), County of GLAMORGAN, South Wales: a discharged Rectory, consolidated with the Rectory of Oxwich, and valued in the King's Books at £5..11..0 1/2: Patron, Thomas Mansel Talbot, Esq.: Church dedicated to St. Nicholas. The Resident Population of this Parish, in 1801, was 85. The Money raised by the Parish Rates, in 1803, was £15..4..5, at 4s. in the pound. It is 12 m. W. S. W. from Swansea. This Parish contains about 335 acres of inclosed and cultivated Land, and about 50 acres uncultivated and uninclosed. It is situate upon Oxwich Bay, in the Bristol Channel. Part of this Parish, about 70 acres, called the Hamlet of Manselfield, lies about three miles to the Eastward of the village of Nicholaston, between the Parishes of Bishopston and Oystermouth. One of the Churchwardens and Overseers of the Poor for the Parish, is chosen from this Hamlet. The Tythes of the Hamlet of Manselfield belong to the Rector. According to the Diocesan Report, in 1809, the yearly value of this Benefice, arising from Glebe, Tythes, and Surplice fees, was £43..14..4. " From: A Topographical Dictionary of The Dominion of Walesby Nicholas Carlisle, London, 1811.
"NICHOLASTON, a parish in the hundred of SWANSEA, county of GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES, 11 miles (W. S. W.) from Swansea, containing 92 inhabitants. This parish, which derives its name from the dedication of its church to St. Nicholas, is situated on the shore of Oxwich bay, by which it is bounded on the south, and comprises but a small tract of arable and pasture land, of which only a comparatively trifling portion is unenclosed and uncultivated. The surrounding scenery is pleasingly varied, and is enriched with thriving timber; and the views from the eminence called Cevn Bryn, over Penrice Castle and grounds, and from the cliffs which impend over the bay, are interesting and diversified. The hamlet of Manselfield, in this parish, from which place one of the churchwardens and one of the overseers of the poor are invariably chosen, derived its name from the Mansel family, one of whom, William Mansel, Esq., of Penrice Castle, was proprietor of it in the reign of Henry VI.: it is situated at a short distance from the village of Nicholaston, and comprises about seventy acres. The living is a discharged rectory, consolidated with that of Port-Eynon, in the archdeaconry of Carmarthen, and diocese of St. David's, rated in the king's books at £ 5. 11. 0 1/2., and in the patronage of C. R. M. Talbot, Esq., who is the principal proprietor of land in the parish. The church is a small plain edifice, possessing no architectural details of importance, and is situated near the summit of the cliffs which overhang the centre of Oxwich bay. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor is £8. 7." ( A Topographical Dictionary of Wales by Samuel Lewis 1833)