St Athan


"ATHAN, ST., in the Cwmwd of Maenor Glynn Ogwr, Cantref of Cron Nedd (now called the Hundred of Ogmore), County of GLAMORGAN, South Wales: a Rectory, valued in the King's Books at £15..9..7: Patron, Robert Jones, Esq.: Church dedicated to St. Athanasius. The Resident Population of this Parish, in 1801, was 264. The Money raised by the Parish Rates, in 1803, was £125..17..1, at 1s..8d. in the pound. It is 6 1/2 m. S. from Cowbridge. This Parish contains 1300 Acres of cultivated Land. In this Parish are the ruins of East Orchard, one of the twelve Norman Castles, and the Site of West Orchard, another Castle of later date: As well as the Port of West Aber Ddaw, so much noted for the superiority of its Lime. "
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. Tathan

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. Tathan, and is in the Benefice of Eglwys Brewis with St. Athan with Gileston. 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 ST017680.

A transcription of the registers is available from the Glamorgan Family History Society for the years: Baptisms, 1677-1891, Marriages, 1683-1838, Burials, 1663-1899.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
BaptismsMarriagesBurialsBannsBishops Transcripts
1677-1695, 1750-18911683-1695, 1720-19641663-1695, 1719-1750, 1760-1767, 1771-1939-1721, 1724-1787, 1789-1820, 1822-1837

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

  • St Athan Ecclesiastical Parish records           "........ including registers of baptisms, 1677-1891; marriages, 1683-1964; burials, 1663-1939; civil records, 1785-1846"

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

  • St. Athan, St. Tathan - Christenings (BT's), 1813-1876
Non Conformist Registers Deposited at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
ChapelBaptismsMarriagesBurialsOS Map Ref
Wesleyan1849-1934--ST 01736793

Description & Travel

    East Orchard Castle, St Athan - on the Castle Wales site

    St Athan - on Wikipedia

    You can see pictures of St Athan which are provided by:



    Transcript of complete name listing for St. Athan, with the parishes and villages of Eglwys Brewis, Gileston, Llancarfan and Penmark, from Slaters Directory for 1880.



    The transcription of the section for St Athan 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

    • Castleton


    Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site

    • 1940s building at RAF St Athan, 2009 
    • Church interior, RAF St Athan, 2009
    • Blast door on air raid shelter, RAF St Athan


    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 St Athans parish, Glamorganshire - on the People's Collection Wales site

    Parish map (Kain/Oliver)

    You can see maps centred on OS grid reference ST018676 (Lat/Lon: 51.398453, -3.4134), St Athan which are provided by:


    Military History

     St Athan War Memorial - on the People's Collection Wales site


    Names, Geographical

    Places, villages, farms etc within St Athan 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 Glenys Travis)

    • St Athan [169] - Beggars Bound, Breaksea Point, Broadway, Castle & Chapel (E of St Athan) (remains of) AM, Castleton, Golf Links, Hotel, Leys Beach, The Leys, Limpert, Llancadle, Mill, Old Mill, Oxmoor Wood, Penry Bay, Port of Aberthaw, St Athan, Seaview, Twyn Llewelyn AM, West Aberthaw, West Orchard Castle (remains of) AM.




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

    1841 - 3791851 - 3761861 - 3571871 - 3881881 - 3781891 - 356

    Public Records

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

    • St Athan Civil Parish records        "........ including vestry minutes book, 1855-1894; overseer's rate book, 1878-1893; overseer's receipt and payment book, 1870-1883; tithe plan and apportionment, 1841; miscellaneous papers, 1883-1909"