"PENTYRCH, or, PANT YR YCH, i. e., The Ox's Vale, in the Cwmwd of Meisgyn, Cantref of Penythen (now called the Hundred of Miskin), County of GLAMORGAN, South Wales: a discharged Vicarage valued in the King's Books at £8..3..1 1/2: Patrons, The Bishop and Chapter of Llandaff: Church dedicated to St. Cadog. The Resident Population of this Parish, in 1801, was 470. The Money raised by the Parish Rates, in 1803, was, £324..17..6 1/4. It is 6 m. W. N. W. from Caerdiff. This Parish contains about 1500 acres of Land: and abounds with good Coal. According to the Diocesan Report, in 1809, the yearly value of this Benefice, arising from Augmentation, and Tythes, was £94. " From: A Topographical Dictionary of The Dominion of Wales by Nicholas Carlisle, London, 1811.



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. Catwg
  • Bronllwyn Independant
  • Horeb Presbyterian
  • Penuel Welsh Baptist

Visit their website for information on how to purchase.


Church History

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


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. Catwg, is in the Benefice of Pentyrch, and the diocese of Llandaff. 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 ST103817.

A transcription of the registers is available from the Glamorgan Family History Society for the years: Baptisms, 1678-1868, Marriages, 1695-1845, Burials, 1695-1868.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
BaptismsMarriagesBurialsBannsBishops Transcripts
1678-1679, 1723-18681695-1703, 1724-1753, 1813-1878, 1882-19461695-1700, 1723-18531813-1834, 1887-18951717, 1724-1821, 1823-1833, 1837

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

  • Pentyrch Ecclesiastical Parish records    " ............  including registers of baptisms, 1678-1868; marriages, 1695-1946; burials, 1695-1853; banns, 1813-1895; licences, 1952-1953; records relating to: property, 1890-1940; churchwardens, 1824-1961; parochial church council; 1907-1954; charitable trusts, 1952-1963; miscellaneous records, c1890-1951"

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

  • Pentyrch, St. Catwg - Christenings (BT's), 1823-1874

Description & Travel

    Pentyrch Community Council

    Pentyrch - on Wikipedia

    Various landscapes  - on the People's Collection Wales site

    You can see pictures of Pentyrch which are provided by:



    Transcript of complete name listing for Whitchurch, with the parishes and villages of Lisvane, Llanishen, Pentyrch, Tongwynlais, Taff's Well and Walnut Tree Bridge, from Slaters Directory for 1880.



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

    Description of parish from A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (1833) by Samuel Lewis


    Historical Geography

    Some of the hamlets, towns and villages within this parish

    • Castell-y-mynach
    • Creigau
    • Garth
    • Gwaelod-y-Garth
    • Pen-y-garn


    Pentyrch and District Local History Society . They have published Pentyrch, Creigiau and Gwaelodygarth. Over 200 photographs with appropriate accompanying text depicting life and activities in earlier years. And have an ongoing series called The Garth Domain full information on a wide range of subjects.

    The Manor of Pentyrch - from Cardiff Records, Volume II, Chapter I  NOTES ON THE MANORS OF THE CARDIFF DISTRICT . (British History Onlline)



    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



    Map of the parish of Pentyrch 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 ST101823 (Lat/Lon: 51.53213, -3.298087), Pentyrch which are provided by:


    Military History

    Pentyrch War Memorial. Contributed by Sue Powell, 2000


    Names, Geographical

    Places, villages, farms etc within Pentyrch 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 Jean Gilson)

    • Pentyrch (128) : Cae-yr-arfau; Castell-y-mynach [historical site]; Cefn-Colstin; Coed Hendre-ysguthan; Creigiau; Cwrt-y-carnau; Garth Hill; Garth Wood; Graig; Groes-faen; Gwaelod-y-garth; GWR Rhymney Branch; Llwyn-y-brain; Llwyn-y-milwas; Llwyn-yr-eos; Maes-mawr; Mid Ty-mawr; Pant-y-gored; Pant-tawel; Pen-llwyn; Pen-twyn; Pen-y-garn; Pentyrch; Soar; Tregarth; Ty-newydd; Ty'n-y-coed; Tyle-Morris




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

    1841 - 1,2481851 - 1,5991861 - 2,1101871 - 2,1051881 - 2,1021891 - 1,693

    Public Records

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

    • Pentyrch Civil Parish records         " ......... comprising Castle and Garth overseer's account books, 1821-1837; Castle hamlet highway surveyor's rate books, 1846-1858; Garth hamlet highway surveyor's rate books, 1837-1880; Castle and Garth hamlets highway surveyor's account book, 1862-1879; Castle and Garth hamlets assistant overseer's rate books, 1837-1850; Castle hamlet assistant overseer's rate books, 1838-1848; Garth hamlet assistant overseer's rate books, 1838-1847; special expenses rate, receipt and payment, 1897-1919; lighting and watching committee rate book, 1897-1921; assistant overseers rate books, 1919-1925; vestry minutes book, 1851-1885; parish council minutes books, 1903-1934; parish council letter book, 1895-1898; parish council receipts and payment book, 1895-1928; parish council contribution order book, 1895-1903; parish council declaration of parish councillors, 1894-1921; Glamorgan Water Board deposited plan, 1908; Barry Urban District Council waterworks deposited plans, 1912; highway surveyor's account books, 1836-1855; highway surveyor's receipt and payment books, 1879-1883; parish council minutes book, 1935-1940; receipt and payment books, 1857-1927; assistant overseer's rate books, 1850-1926; tithe plan and apportionment, 1840; vestry minutes book, 1851-1953; vestry and parish council minutes books, 1885-1972; receipt and payment books, 1913-1964; financial statement of receipts of payments, 1952-1963; Cardiff Union Pentyrch Parish valuation lists, 1889-1910; Cardiff Union Pentyrch Parish collecting and deposit book, 1876-1878; register of footpaths, c1903-1913; parish councillors declaration book, 1922-1970; Pentyrch Community Council minutes books, 1972-2001; Community Link Magazine, 1977-1999; miscellaneous records, 1897-1937"


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

    • Pentyrch School Board records         ".......... comprising of minute books, 1880-1903; ledger, 1902-1903; attendance officer's reports, 1882-1886"