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St Lythans

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"LYTHIAN'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 Vicarage valued in the King's Books at £6..1..3: Patron, The Rev. Morgan Deere. The Resident Population of this Parish, in 1801, was 72. The Money raised by the Parish Rates, in 1803, was £54..0..8 1/2. It is 6m. W. S.W. from Caerdiff. This Parish contains about 1000 acres of Land, all inclosed. Here is a Druidical Altar. According to the Diocesan Report, in 1809, the yearly value of this Benefice, arising from Tythes, and Glebe, was £115..16..4." From A Topographical Dictionary of The Dominion of Wales by Nicholas Carlisle, London, 1811.

"LYTHAN'S, ST. (ST. LYTHIAN), a parish in the hundred of DINAS-POWIS, county of GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES, 6 miles (W. S. W.) from Cardiff, containing 103 inhabitants. It is situated on elevated ground, overlooking both sides of the Vale of Glamorgan, about a mile south of the turnpike road leading from Cardiff to Cowbridge : the common commands one of the most extensive, luxuriant, and diversified prospects in South Wales. The living is a discharged vicarage, endowed with the great tithes, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Llandaf, rated in the king's books at £ 6. 1.3., and in the patronage of the Archdeacon of Llandaf. A school for all the poor children of this parish is supported by the Hon. Mrs. Grey, of Dyfryn House, an ancient mansion in the vicinity, formerly belonging to the Price family, the heiress of which conveyed it by marriage to the Greys. The sum of £ 10 was bequeathed by Mr. Thomas Williams, for the benefit of the poor. There is a cromlech on St. Lythan's common. The average annual expenditure for the maintenance of the poor amounts to £60. 11." ( 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. Bleiddian


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the St Lythans area or see them printed on a map.


Church History

Glamorgan Chapels Database- None found in this parish

St Lythans Church - 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. Bleiddian, and is in the Benefice of Wenvoe and St. Lythans. 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 ST111729.

A transcription of the registers is available from the Glamorgan Family History Society for the years: Baptisms, 1724-1901, Marriages, 1724-1838, Burials, 1724-1901.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
1750-1985 1748-1970 1749-1983 - 1724-1731, 1733-1735, 1737-1747, 1751-1757, 1759-1766, 1768-1837

Description and Travel

    Various landscapes - on the People's Collection Wales site

    You can see pictures of St Lythans 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 Lythans from The National Gazetteer (1868) provided by Colin Hinson.

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    Click here for a list of nearby places.


    Historical Geography

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


    Names, Geographical

    Places, villages, farms etc within St Lythans 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 Lythans (153); Dyffryn; Dyffryn Golych; Hamston-fawr; Long Barrow; Nant-bran; St Lythans; Tinkinswood


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

    1841 - 110 1851 - 135 1861 - 136 1871 - 121 1881 - 81 1891 - 114

    Public Records

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

    • St Lythans Civil Parish records             "....... comprising tithe plan and apportionment, 1839; assistant overseers rate book, 1926; assistant overseers receipt and payment book, 1907-1927; parish meeting minutes book, 1894-1968"