"REYNOLDSTON, a parish in the hundred of SWANSEA, county of GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES, 12 miles (W. by S.) from Swansea, containing 220 inhabitants.This place, which is situated in the peninsula of Gower, is supposed to derive its name from Reginald de Breos, who was lord of the manor, and is said to have been the founder of the church. The parish, which is of considerable extent, comprises some fine portions of arable and pasture land, which are enclosed and in a good state of cultivation, and a large tract of uncultivated and mountainous common, affording excellent pasturage for sheep, which are remarkable for the fineness of their wool, and the excellent quality of the mutton....................." A Topographical Dictionary of Wales by Samuel Lewis 1833



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. George

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. George, 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 SS479900.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
1713-1971 1713-1786, 1813-1970 1713-1812 - 1682-1684, 1686, 1690, 1700, 1707-1708, 1710, 1712-1713, 1716, 1727-1731, 1733-1736, 1738-1742, 1744-1747, 1749-1758, 1760-1776, 1778-1791, 1793-1800, 1802-1803, 1805-1873
(At the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth)

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

  • Reynoldston Ecclesiastical Parish Records         "Registers (including service and banns registers) 1713-1993; Churchwardens' accounts 1846-1963; electoral roll 1920-1963; miscellaneous 1816-2000."
Non Conformist Registers deposited at the West Glamorgan Record Office, Swansea
Chapel Baptisms Marriages Burials OS Map Ref
Wesleyan 1864-1913 - - SS 48079011

Description & Travel

Reynoldston - village site with history section

You can see pictures of Reynoldston which are provided by:



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



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

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



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

  • Lucas family of Reynoldston papers          1720-1936          "The Lucas family have been living on the Gower peninsula for at least 500 years. They have been traced back to one Jeffrey Lucas who lived probably in Reynoldston parish. The Lucas family have been well documented.............................. The Lucas family lived at Stouthall in the parish of Reynoldston"

Historical Geography

Some of the hamlets, towns and villages within this parish

  • Stouthall

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



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



/ The parish of Reynoldston 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 SS479901 (Lat/Lon: 51.588801, -4.197378), Reynoldston which are provided by:


Names, Geographical

Places, villages, farms etc within Reynoldston parish as shown on the parish map on 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)

  • Reynoldstone (30): Fairyhill, Frog Moor, Little Reynoldstone, Reynoldstone, Stout Hall, Ty Bryn.

Names, Personal

  • Benson family of Reynoldston
    1827-1922: deeds and leases mainly relating to industrial activity
    [West Glamorgan Archive Service, Swansea - Reference: D/D SB 12]


There are many references to this area in the 15 million Welsh and English language articles from Welsh newspapers transcribed by the NLW and viewable on Welsh Newspapers Online
Below are English language articles that have been re-transcribed and extracted randomly to illustrate what is available, there are many that are not extracted here that include names of local people

  •  From The South Wales Daily Post 27th December 1893

REYNOLDSTON. NEW INSTITUTE — Recently a new Working- men's Institute was opened at this place by Miss  Margaret Benson, of Fairy-hill, amid great eclat. the institute will provide means of recreation and improvement, and is much needed in the locality.

  •  From the Herald of Wales and Monmouthshire Recorder 5th August 1916

Reynoldston. The united demonstration of the Gower Free Church Council Band of Hope Union took place on Tuesday last. The children and young people turned up in good numbers, forming at the corner of Wesley Chapel, Reynoldston. The procession headed by the ministers, marched around the village. Tea was provided on Cefn Bryn Mountain, and an address was delivered by Mr. Herbert L. Morgan, Sketty. Races and games were organised.

  • From the Herald of Wales and Monmouthshire Recorder 23rd February 1918

REYNOLDSTON. The annual meeting for the district committees and co-directors of the Horton Red Cross Hospital will take place on Tuesday, the 19th, at the Institute, Reynoldston.     .....(part extract).....

  • From The Cambrian 27th July 1894

FAIRY HILL, REYNOLDSTON. [BY T. H. GRASP, F.R.H.S., SWANSEA.] About 14 miles from Swansea, in the Reynoldston district, is the charming country residence of Mrs. Benson, which has been very pleasantly designated "Fairy Hill." The house stands in a beautiful wooded garden and pleasure grounds, which are laid out with considerable taste, the extensive collection of specimen conifers imparting a very distinctive character to the place. Both in number and size of the trees, "Fairy Hill" is unsurpassed in this part of Wales  .....(part extract).....

  • From The Cambrian 3rd July 1874


"SIR,—A correspondent who signs himself a" Poor Ratepayer," has imported my name into the controversy going on between himself and Mr. E. J. Harries, the legally appointed Clerk to the Reynoldston School Board, and has thought proper to speak of me in a most insulting manner. I have only to say, Mr. Editor, that the public have no protection from such cowardly insiduous attacks only through the exercise of strict vigilance on the part of the managers of the Press. Had this anonymous writer put his name to his production, I should have known better how to defend myself against the base insinuations made as it is, I have simply to say, that the attack is the result of bad feeling, and that the statements made are untruthful. His reference to the religious body to which I belong is so contemptible, that I shall pass by with the silence it merits. Soliciting, as an act of justice, that you will give room for this in your next paper,

I beg to remain, Sir, Yours most respectfully, JOHN GEO. THOMAS, Chairman to the Reynoldston School Board. Hill-End, Reynoldston, July 1, 1874. "



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

1841 - 258 1851 - 315 1861 - 270 1871 - 277 1881 - 309 1891 - 307

Public Records

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

  • Reynoldston Parish and Community Council Records              ".......... including minutes, 1894-1994; photocopy, [late 20th century], of tithe plan, 1838."


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

  • Reynoldston, later Knelston, School, records             "........ log books, 1874-1969."
    ".............was an elementary school in Renoldston, Gower, Glamorgan. It was later renamed Knelston School, with a new school building being built in 1969. ............."