"A village in the south of Gower, on the shores of a large and beautiful bay. The church is interesting, and on the headland are the ruins of a castle." [Glamorganshire, 1911]

"OXWICH, (or Oxwick), a parish in the hundred of Swansea, county Glamorgan, 11 miles S.W. of Swansea, its post town, and 2 from Penrice. The village, which is of small extent, is situated in Gower under Cefn-Bryn........(more below) The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868 by Colin Hinson ©2018



Here is a substantial reading list of books which relate to Glamorgan, either county or parish.

References to the parish of Oxwich at the British Library



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

  • Parish Church of St. Illtyd

Church History

Chapels Database - a list of all known non-conformist chapels or other non-Anglican religions in the parish

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph

Oxwich Church. Also showing the ruins of the Old Rectory.  John Dillwyn Llewelyn (1810-1882) - 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. Illtyd, is in the Benefice of Oxwich with Penmaen with Nicholaston, and diocese of Swansea and Brecon. 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 SS505861.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
BaptismsMarriagesBurialsBannsBishops Transcripts
1772-19831777-19701772-19841824-19701671-1672, 1677-1679, 1681-1684, 1686-1687, 1690-1691, 1696, 1701, 1704, 1707-1708, 1710, 1713-1716, 1723, 1725, 1727-1731, 1735-1767, 1769-1771, 1773-1793, 1795-1796, 1798-1800, 1802-1803, 1805-1841, 1843-1844, 1847-1879, 1881-1882, 1885, 1887-1896, 1898-1899
(All held at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth)

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

  • Oxwich Ecclesiastical Parish Records            "Registers (including service and banns registers) 1772-1984; miscellaneous 1833-post 1884"
Non Conformist Registers Held at the West Glamorgan Record Office, Swansea
ChapelBaptismsMarriagesBurialsOS Map Ref
Oxwich Green, Wesleyan1864-1913--SS 49448606

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

  • Oxwich, St. Illtyd - Christenings (BT's), 1813-1875

Description & Travel

Oxwich Bay - on Wikipedia

Oxwich - on the GGAT site

You can see pictures of Oxwich which are provided by:



Transcript of complete name listing for the Gower parishes, from Slaters Directory for 1880.



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

Descriptions of parish from
A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (1833) by Samuel Lewis
A Topographical Dictionary of The Dominion of Wales by Nicholas Carlisle, London, 1811.


Historical Geography

Some of the hamlets, towns and villages within this parish

  • Norton
  • Oxwich Green
  • Slade
  • Slade Cross


Description & Illustrations of Oxwich Castle at www.castlewales.com by Jeff Thomas

Oxwich Castle, north view (1855-1860). Print created in 1934 from Francis Lockey's calotype negative.- 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



Tithe map of Oxwich, Glamorgan - on the People's Collection Wales site

Parish map (Kain/Oliver)

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SS497863 (Lat/Lon: 51.55522, -4.169312), Oxwich which are provided by:


Military History

During World War I, the body of an unknown and unnamed Royal Navy sailor was washed up on the beach close to Oxwich on the Gower peninsular, a little outside Swansea. He was laid to rest at St. Illtyd's church at Oxwich. 
The inscription reads 'A Sailor Of The Great War, Royal Navy, 1st February 1916. Known Unto God'.   - on the People's Collection Wales site


Names, Geographical

Places, villages, farms etc within Oxwich 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 Mary Greatorex)

  • Oxwich (39): Camp, Castle, Coastguard Station, Eastern Slade, Hangman Cross, Holy Wash, Norton, Oxwich, Oxwich Burrows, Oxwichgreen, Oxwich Point, The Cove, The Sands, Western Slade.

Names, Personal

  • Collins family of Oxwich
    1430-c1800: deeds, family and estate papers
    [University of Swansea Library]




The Population of Oxwich was as follows, and a more detailed breakdown is available.

1841 - 3451851 - 3691861 - 3281871 - 2551881 - 2291891 - 214

Public Records

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

  • Oxwich Parish Council records       "................ including minutes, 1894-1973; rate book, 1887-1888; financial records, 1951-1956; photocopy of tithe plan 1844, [late 20th century]."


The School, Oxwich - on People's Collection Wales (use search box)

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

  • Oxwich School Records        " ........ including log books, 1884-1961; class registers, 1882-1884; financial records, 1949-1960; correspondence, c.1895-1961."

The School, Oxwich - on the People's Collection Wales site