Port Eynon


"PORTH EINION, in the Cwmwd of Gwyr, Cantref of Eginog (now called the Hundred of Swansea), County of GLAMORGAN, South Wales: a Rectory valued in the King's Books at £9..5..10. Patron, The Lord Chancellor: Church dedicated to St. Catwg. The Resident Population of this Parish, in 1801, was 257. The Money raised by the Parish Rates, in 1803, was £42..19..3, at l0s. 6d. in the pound. It is 16 m. W. b. S. from Swansea. This Parish contains about 1020 acres of inclosed and cultivated Land. It is situate on the Bristol Channel: and is a rural, and pleasing village. This Place is celebrated for its Oyster fishery, and employs about Twenty Boats, manned with four men each, during the season: the Oysters, on their return from dredging, are thrown within low water Mark upon beds which are pointed out by buoys: and when a sufficient quantity is got together, they are shipped off to Bristol. The Lime-stone trade is also carried on here. Near the end of the Western point of this Bay, stands a House, known by the Name of The Salt House, where, it is said, salt was formerly made. On the West side of Porth Einion Point is a singular piece of Masonry on the side of a Rock, fronting the Sea: Tradition says, that it was built by a Person whose Name is unknown, as a Pigeon-House, and where numbers of them were kept : it is dangerous of access, but many persons, fond of exploring, have ventured to it. According to the Diocesan Re- port, in 1809, the yearly value of this Benefice, arising from Glebe, and Tythes, was £139..3..0. "
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. Cattwg

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 Port Eynon with Rhosili with Llanddewi with Knelston, 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 SS467854.

A transcription of the registers is available from the Glamorgan Family History Society for the years: Baptisms, 1672-1921, Marriages, 1681-1837, Burials, 1672-1939.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
1740-1781, 1786-1921 1741-1806, 1813-1970 1741-1782, 1787-1939 1807-1912 1672, 1681-1682, 1684, 1693, 1696-1698, 1708, 1710, 1713, 1716, 1725, 1727-1733, 1735-1739, 1741-1789, 1792-1800, 1805-1883
(All held at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth)

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

  • Port Eynon Ecclesiastical Parish Records          " Registers (including service and banns registers) 1740-1970; records relating to church property and fabric 1901-1984; papers relating to church school 1902-1944; Churchwardens' accounts and correspondence 1852-1960; Vestry minutes 1854-1916; Overseers' accounts 1837-1848; charity papers 1865-1878; miscellaneous 1888-1990"
Non Conformist Registers Held at the West Glamorgan Record Office, Swansea
Chapel Baptisms Marriages Burials OS Map Ref
Wesleyan 1864-1913 - - SS 46778540

Description & Travel

A walk from Port Eynon..........

Port Eynon - on Wikipedia

You can see pictures of Port Eynon which are provided by:



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



The transcription of the section for Port Eynon 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

  • Overton

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



Frances Bevan's family archive of more than 200 letters dated between the 1870s and



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 Port Eynon parish 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 SS460861 (Lat/Lon: 51.552471, -4.22214), Port Eynon which are provided by:


Names, Geographical

Places, villages, farms etc within Port Eynon 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)

  • Porteynon (37): Common Cliff, Culver Hole, Hills, Inn, Lifeboat Station, Margam, Moorcorner, Overton, Overton Cliff, Overton Mere, Porteynon, Porteynon Point.




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

1841 - 364 1851 - 351 1861 - 297 1871 - 254 1881 - 229 1891 - 202

Public Records

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

  • Port Eynon Parish and Community Council records         ".... including minutes, 1936-2001; tithe plan and apportionment, 1846."


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

  • Port Eynon School Records           "....... mixed and infants log book, 1906-1946"