"A seaside resort on the west side of Swansea Bay, better known from its outstanding islets as the Mumbles. The village possesses a pier and the picturesque ruins of a castle. Beyond the headland are Langland and Caswell Bays, two favourite bathing places." [Glamorganshire, 1911]

"OYSTERMOUTH, a parish in the hundred of Swansea, county Glamorgan, 4 miles S.W. of Swansea, its post town, and 10 from Llanelly. The village is situated on the Bristol Channel. It is a bathing place, and has considerably increased of late years. The parish contains the villages of Mumbles, Newton, and Norton. Seated on an eminence, backed up by a huge cliff of limestone, are the ruins of Oystermouth Castle, which was founded by Henry Beaumont, or Richard de Granville, in the 11th century. A portion of the ruins have been restored at the expense of the Duke of Beaufort. .......(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.


Business & Commerce Records

  • Oystermouth Railway & Tramroad Company
    • 1804-55: parliamentary and legal papers, ledgers, journals, accounts, correspondents
      [University of Swansea Library]
    • 19th-20th cent: misc papers
      [West Glamorgan Archive Service, Swansea - Reference: D/D SB/9]


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

  • Parish Church of All Saints

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 photographs of various churches/chapels in this parish

An index to names in the book A history of All Saints' Church, Oystermouth, By Geoffrey R. Orrin and Dr. F. G. Cowley [1990] has been provided by Diana Davies. This index also contains a list of Incumbents.

Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site

  • Oystermouth Church (1855-1860). 
  • A view of the Oystermouth Castle chapel with sheep grazing in the foreground.

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 All Saints, is in the Benefice of Oystermouth, 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 SS616879.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
BaptismsMarriagesBurialsBannsBishops Transcripts
1719-19291719-19221719-19541824-18471671-1672, 1690, 1693, 1695-1697, 1700-1701, 1716, 1727-1761, 1763-1765, 1768-1786, 1788-1793, 1795, 1797-180, 1802-1803, 1805, 1808-1871

Modern Parishes & Chapels of Ease :-

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

  • Oystermouth, All Saints - Christenings (BT's), 1813-1871
  • Oystermouth, Paraclete Independent - Christenings, 1820-1836

Description & Travel

The People's Collection Wales site has material for this parish, use the onsite search box

Oystermouth - on Wikipedia

Thatched cottages at Black Pyl

You can see pictures of Oystermouth which are provided by:



Transcript of complete name listing for the Gower parishes, from Slaters Directory for 1880.
OYSTERMOUTH  with the parishes of Bishopston, Cheriton, Ilston, Knelston, Llandewi, Llangennith, Llanmadoc, Llanrhidian (Higher & Lower), Nicholaston, Oxwich, Penmaen, Pennard, Penrice, Porteynon,
Reynoldston, Rhoscilly, and the villages of Horton, Kilibion, Mumbles, Park Mill, Penclawdd, Walterstone and West Cross.



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

Descriptions of the 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

  • Black Pill
  • Clyne
  • Langland
  • Mayals
  • Mumbles


Description and image of Oystermouth Castle at www.castlewales.com by Jeff Thomas

Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site

  • Extract from the Manorial Court Rolls of Oystermouth & Pennard, 1662-76 
  • A view of the ruins of Oystermouth castle with a lighthouse in the background
  • A view of the ruins of Oystermouth castle with Swansea bay below. Ships are in the sea.
  • Oystermouth (1855-1860). Print created in 1934 from Francis Lockey's calotype negative.

MUMBLES LOCAL HISTORY CENTRE; Ty Hanes, 4, Dunns Lane, Mumbles, Swansea, SA3 4AA        Tel: 01792 361012
Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Exhibitions; Reference Section etc



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



Plan of Oystermouth in the County of Glamorgan - on the People's Collection Wales site

Parish map (Kain/Oliver)

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SS608896 (Lat/Lon: 51.587623, -4.010954), Oystermouth which are provided by:


Names, Geographical

Places, villages, farms etc within Oystermouth 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)

  • Oystermouth (45): Bellevue, Black-Pill, Bracelet Bay, Broadley, Cemetery, Coastguard Station, Clyne Castle, Clyne Common, Clyne Farm, Clyne Woods, Colliery, Colts Hill, Cwm bach, Deer Park, Golf Links, Grange Farm, Hotel, Langland Bay, Langland Farm, Lifeboat Station, Liliput, Limeslade, Mayals, Middle Head, Mumbles Head, Mumbles Hill, Newton, Newton Cliff, Norton, Oystermouth, Oystermouth Castle, Oystermouth Station, Rams Tor, Reservoir, Rothers Sker, Snaple Point, The Grange, The Gut, The Knab, The Mumbles, Thistleboon, Tutt, West Cross, Whiteshell Point, Whitestone.




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

1841 - 1,4821851 - 1,9381861 - 2,4601871 - 3,5741881 - 3,9151891 - 4,132

Public Records

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

  • Oystermouth Parish Council Records             ".......... including rate books, 1870-1908; tithe plan, 1845; tithe apportionment, [late 20th century]."
  • Oystermouth Urban District Council, records      1897-1915


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

  • Oystermouth School Records         " ........... including log books, 1878-1960; admission registers, 1878-1937; summary attendance registers, 1903-1921; special subjects registers, 1918-1919; correspondence, 1881-1939; plans, 1926; photographs, c.1890-1920."   
  • Oystermouth, later Blackpill, School Log Books    1879-1959