St Brides super Ely


"ST. BRIDE'S, in the Cwmwd of Uwch Caeth, Cantref of Brenhinol (now called the Hundred of Dinas Powys), County of GLAMORGAN, South Wales: a discharged Rectory, united to the Rectory of Michaelston super Elay. The Resident Population of this Parish, in 1801, was 94. The Money raised by the Parish Rates, in 1803, was £72..1..4, at 3s. 4 1/2d. per acre. It is 7 m. W. b. N. from Caerdiff. This Parish contains 434 acres of Land. It is situate near the river Elay." From: A Topographical Dictionary of The Dominion of Wales by Nicholas Carlisle, London, 1811.

"BRIDES (ST.) SUPER ELY, a parish in the hundred of DINAS-POWIS, county of GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES, 5 1/2 miles (W. N. W.) from Cardiff, containing 128 inhabitants. This parish, which is of very small extent, is situated on the banks of the river Ely, and near the vale of that name, the scenery of which is pleasingly varied. The living is a discharged rectory, consolidated with the rectory of Michaelston super Ely, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Llandaf. The church is dedicated to St. Mary. St. y Nill, the seat of --- Jenkins, Esq., is a large house situated within its limits, commanding a fine view over the Vale of Ely. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor is £ 62. 12." ( A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (1833) ) by Samuel Lewis



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. Bride
  • Ebenezer Congregational Church

Church History

Glamorgan Chapels Database project - a list of all known non-conformist chapels or other non-Anglican religions in the parish. Only one chapel has been found in this parish, details below;

  • Ebenezer Independent chapel, St Bride's super Ely. ST09777764. Built in 1834, modified, altered or rebuilt in 1851, 1862 and 1905. (From The Chapels Recording Project in Wales )
    See under Cemeteries above for MIs.
    Shown on the 1885 map on the old-maps site
    Opened in 1834, closed pre 1992 (My Ancestors were Congregationalists in England and Wales, by D J H Clifford, SOG, 1992.)
    Rees, Thomas & John Thomas. Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru (History of the Welsh Independent Churches), 4 volumes (published 1871+). Here is the entry for this chapel (in Welsh) - with translation by Steve Stephenson (Feb 2009)

Photograph of St Brides-super-Ely Church taken by Ronald Reynolds in the early 20th century. - on the People's Collection Wales site


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. Bride, and is in the Benefice of Peterston-super-Ely with St. Brides-super-Ely. 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 ST097776.

A transcription of the registers is available from the Glamorgan Family History Society for the years: Baptisms, 1717-1901, Marriages, 1724-1837, Burials, 1717-1902.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
1747-1991 1754-1835, 1837-1970 1747-1991 - 1717, 1724-1751, 1753-1760, 1762-1800, 1804-1821, 1823-1837

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

  • St Brides-super-Ely Ecclesiastical Parish records     " ........ including registers of baptisms, 1747-1991; marriages, 1754-1970; burials, 1747-1991; banns, 1829; services, 1897-1961; churchwardens accounts, 1922-1936"

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

  • St. Brides super Ely, St. Bride - Christenings (BT's), 1717-1870

Description & Travel

You can see pictures of St Brides super Ely which are provided by:



Transcript of name listing for Llandaff, with the parishes and villages of Caerau, Ely, Fairwater, Radyr, Llanilltern, St. Fagan's, Michaelston-super-Ely, and St Bride's-super-Ely from Slaters Directory for 1880.



The transcription of the section for St Brides-super-Ely from The National Gazetteer (1868) provided by Colin Hinson.


Historical Geography

Some of the hamlets, towns and villages within this parish

  • Saint-y-Nyll

You can see the administrative areas in which St Brides super Ely 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



Parish map (Kain/Oliver)

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference ST092787 (Lat/Lon: 51.499497, -3.309931), St Brides super Ely which are provided by:


Names, Geographical

Places, villages, farms etc within St Brides-super-Ely 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 Gareth Hicks)

  • St Brides-super-Ely (144); Henstaff; Old Windmill; St Brides-super-Ely; St y-Nyll;


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 Evening Express (Extra Special Edition) 9th September 1901

ENTERTAINMENT AT ST. BRIDES-SUPER-ELY. An interesting event took place last week in connection with Ebenezer Welsh Congregational Church, St. Bride's-super-Ely. The forebears of Mr. Henry Radcliffe, the well- known Cardiff shipowner, attended the little church, and to mark his friendly feeling and his sentiments of "Auid Lang Syne," Mr. Radcliffe invited the members and friends to a substantial tea treat, to which some 140 did ample justice. In the evening a most pleasant re-union was held. when the Peterston Glee Party and others added to the harmony, and Mr. Radcliffe made a pleasant speech, concluding with the promise of a similar treat next year. On the motion of the esteemed pastor, Mr. Harry Henry, a cordial vote of thanks was accorded the kind donor of the treat. Some time ago his brother, Mr. Charles Radcliffe. presented the chapel with an American organ.

  • From the Barry Dock News 5th June 1891

ST. BRIDE'S-SUPER-ELY. SUNDAY SCHOOL TREAT.-On Wednesday week last the members of the Sunday School of the Welsh Chapel at St. Brids's-super-Ely. were entertained to a splendid tea treat, amongst those present to provide for the wants of the guests being Mr R. Thomas and Mrs Thomas, Mr and Mrs Radcliffe, Mr and Mrs Evans, Miss Thomas, Miss Evans, Miss Richards, &c. In the evening a lecture was delivered at the chapel by the Rev J. Davies, Taihirion, on the subject of "The late Rev John Evans, Maendy.  ......(part extract).....

  • From the South Wales Daily News 11th April 1881

ST. BRIDE'S-SUPER-ELY. On Saturday, Mr E. B. Reece, district coroner, held an inquiry into the cause of the death of John Tobin, a resident at the above place. Deceased, while walking through the village on Thursday, suddenly fell down dead. After hearing the evidence of Mr Hardyman, surgeon, Cardiff, who attributed the death to heart disease, the jury re- turned a verdict to that effect.



The Population of St Brides-super-Ely was as follows, and a more detailed breakdown is available.

1841 - 129 1851 - 115 1861 - 122 1871 - 103 1881 - 78 1891 - 94


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

  • St Georges and St Brides-super-Ely School Board records      " .. minute books, 1874-1903."