St George super Ely


"GEORGE'S, ST., in the Cwmwd of Is Caeth, Cantref of Brenhinol (now called the Hundred of Dinas Powys), County of GLAMORGAN, South Wales: a discharged Rectory valued in the King's Books at £7..5..7 1/2: Patrons, The Trustees under the Will of J. Llewellin, Esq. The Resident Population of this Parish, in 1801, was 114. The Money raised by the Parish Rates, in 1803, was £57..14..8. It is 6 1/4 m. W. from Caerdiff. It is situate upon the River Elay. According to the Diocesan Report, in 1809, the yearly value of this Benefice, arising from Tythes, and Glebe, was £105..17..0. The Castle is in ruins. In the Church are some Gothic Monuments. " 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.


Business & Commerce Records

  • Edward Watts, Castle Farm
    1849-1949: account books, papers
    [Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff]


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

Glamorgan Chapels Database - Here is a reference to one non-conformist chapel found in this parish;

  • [St George] 1822, March 25; Baptist; the dwelling-house of John Thomas, labourer, being part of the estate of the Rev. J. M. Treharn; the said John Thomas, William Elixander, Thomas Thomas, Minister
    Dissent in the Counties of Glamorgan and Monmouth by Hywel D Emanuel

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, and is in the Benefice of St. Nicholas with Bonvilston and St. George-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 ST104766.

A transcription of the registers is available from the Glamorgan Family History Society for the years: Baptisms, 1693-1900, Marriages, 1697-1837, Burials, 1695-1902.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
1693-1739, 1753-1983 1697-1733, 1758-1970 1695-1732, 1757-1812, 1814-1984 - 1724-1820, 1822-1831, 1833-1837

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

  • St Georges-super-Ely Ecclesiastical Parish records             " ........... including registers of baptisms, 1693-1983; marriages, 1697-1970; burials, 1695-1984; marriages licence, 1883; churchwardens accounts, 1818-1839; parochial church council minutes, 1929-1957"

Description & Travel

Conservation areas within the Vale of Glamorgan. See St Georges & Drope - "Conservation areas are areas of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance"

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



Transcript of complete name listing for St. Nicholas, with the parishes and villages of St. George's, St. Lythans, Peterstone-super-Ely, and Pendoylan, from Slaters Directory for 1880.



The transcription of the section for St Georges-super-Ely 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

  • Coedriglan
  • Downs
  • Drope

You can see the administrative areas in which St George 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 ST102756 (Lat/Lon: 51.472347, -3.293796), St George super Ely which are provided by:


Names, Geographical

Places, villages, farms etc within St Georges-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 Georges-super-Ely (146); Castle; Coedarhydyglyn; Downs; Drope; Ffordd; Great Western Railway; Halvaes; St Georges; Tumbledown; Ty-fry; Viaducts


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 Weekly Mail 21st June 1884

ST. GEORGE'S-SUPER-ELY. AMATEUR CONCERT.—On Thursday an amateur concert was given at the Home Farm, Coedriglan. An attractive programme resulted in a crowded audience, numbers being unable to find seats. The solos were sung by Miss Bruce (Duffryn), Miss M. Booker, Miss Baillie, Miss C. Lynch Blosse, Mrs. Jones, and Mrs. Howell; and Messrs. S. Jones, Hopkins, Ellis, Howell, and Vickary. Four glees and a quartette for male voices were given in a most satisfactory manner by the Coedriglan Glee Party, and great credit is due to the conductor, Mr. S. Jones, an old member of Caradoc's Choir. The entertainment concluded with a sparkling dramatic performance by Miss Booker, Miss M. Booker, and Miss Nicholl (Merthyr Mawr), which brought down thunders of applause.

  •  From the Barry Dock News 21st October 1892

ST. GEORGE'S-SUPER-ELY. THE HARVEST FESTIVAL at the above Church was held on Thursday and Friday week last. The Church had been very prettily decorated, the lectern and font covers receiving a considerable amount of attention. The Rector, the Rev J. Sinnett Jones, M.A., intoned the service, while the preacher was the Rev R. E. Rowlands, M.A., of Pontypridd. Mr Poole ably presided at the harmonium. The service on Friday was in Welsh, and the Rev Theophilus Rees, Pentyrch, was the preacher. There were crowded congregations at each service.

  • From The Cardiff Times 28th June 1879

ST GEORGE'S SUPER ELY. THE SCHOOLS.—On Monday the Diocesan Inspector of Schools, the Rev Mr Greenhow, inspected the children in the religious training. There were only three children absent, and the inspector said he was exceedingly well satisfied. The Rev G. Harries, rector of St. Bride's and Michaelstone Super Ely, who superintends the school for Mrs Traherne throughout the year, was present in her behalf, as she was unavoidably absent, being from home. This is one of the four private schools that this philanthropic lady has entirely maintained for the last fifty years.

  • From The Western Mail 8th November 1884


"Sir,—It is generally rumoured that the living of St, George's-super-Ely has been offered by the patron to an Englishman quite ignorant of the Welsh language, and that he is about to I accept it, provided the Bishop of the Diocese sanctions the appointment. It is to be hoped, however, for the interest of the Church in the Principality, that his lordship will not tolerate such injustice during his episcopate   .....(part extract).....

I am, &c., PARISHIONER. "



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

1841 - 218 1851 - 240 1861 - 213 1871 - 236 1881 - 230 1891 - 261

Public Records

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

  • St George's-super-Ely Civil Parish records            " .......... including bastardy deposition, 1806; assistant overseer's rate book, 1926; assistant overseer's receipt and payment book, 1926-1927; copy of tithe plan and apportionment, 1844-1845 [copied 1980]; minutes book, 1894-1962; records regarding Best kept Village Competition, 1957-1959; miscellaneous records, 1843-1959"