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"SULLY, 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 £11..9..9 1/2: Patron,Thomas Drake Tyrwhitt Drake, Esq.: Church dedicated to St. John the Baptist. The Resident Population of this Parish, in 1801, was 164. The Money raised by the Parish Rates, in 1803, was £105..13..3 1/2, at 5s. in the pound. It is 6 1/2 m. S.W. from Caerdiff. This Parish contains about 900 acres of inclosed and cultivated Land, and from fifteen to twenty acres which are uncultivated. It is situate upon the Bristol Channel. According to the Diocesan Report, in 1809, the yearly value of this Benefice, arising from Tythes, and Glebe, was £133..9..6. There is a Ferry from hence for Cattle to the County of Somerset. The Castle and Lordship formerly belonged to one of the Norman Conquerors. " 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. John the Baptist


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


Church History

Glamorgan Chapels Database - here are references to one non-conformist chapel found in this parish;-

  • English Wesleyan Methodist          Building not used exclusively as a place of  worship.      Charles Tucker, Minister (Informant)       (1851 Religious census)

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. John the Baptist, and is in the Benefice of Sully. 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 ST152683.

A transcription of the registers is available from the Glamorgan Family History Society for the years: Baptisms, 1724-1901, Marriages, 1727-1836, Burials, 1725-1901.


Anglican Parish Registers Held at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
1759-1928 1754-1836, 1838-1964 1759-1953 1823-1931 1724-1733, 1735-1746, 1748-1827, 1830-1834, 1838

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

  • Sully Ecclesiastical Parish records       "......... including registers of baptisms, 1759-1928; marriages, 1754-1964; burials, 1759-1953; banns, 1823-1931; services, 1887-1969; churchwardens records, 1908-1933; miscellaneous and civil records, 1898-1987"

Description and Travel

"SULLY (SULWY), a parish in the hundred of DINAS POWIS, county of GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES, 6 1/2 miles (S. S. W.) from Cardiff, containing 197 inhabitants. This parish is situated on the shore of the Bristol channel, by which it is bounded on the south, and nearly opposite to a small island of the same name. It is of very limited extent, comprising only a moderate portion of arable and pasture land, which is enclosed and in good cultivation. The Scottish system of agriculture, introduced here by Mr. Thomas, of Sully House, who is regarded as one of the best agriculturists in South Wales, is generally adopted in the parish, and has succeeded well. The living is a discharged rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Llandaf, rated in the king's books at £ 11. 9. 9 1/2., and in the patronage of Thomas Tyrwhitt Drake, Esq. The church, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, is a neat edifice, and is kept in excellent repair : adjoining it is a handsome parsonage-house, occupied by the Rev. Mr. Conybeare, the present rector, who has greatly distinguished himself by his geological researches. Mr. John Howel, in 1775, bequeathed £ 10 to the poor of this parish not receiving parochial relief. The average annual expenditure for the maintenance of the poor is £ 92. 12." ( A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (1833) by Samuel Lewis)

Places, villages, farms etc within Sully 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)

  • Sully (179); Bendrick Rock; Camp; Cog; GWR; Hayes Fm.; Hayes Point; Hospital; Old Windmill; Rectory; Sully (village); Sully Bay; Sully Brook; Sully Ho.; Sully Island;

Sully - on Wikipedia

Various landscapes - on the People's Collection Wales site

You can see pictures of Sully which are provided by:



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

Ask for a calculation of the distance from Sully to another place.

Click here for a list of nearby places.


Historical Geography

Some of the hamlets, towns and villages within this parish

  • Cog
  • Hayes
  • Swanbridge

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



Various items  - on the People's Collection Wales site

  • Photograph: Cars in Sully 1953
  • A black and white aerial picture postcard of Sully Hospital, Sully, Glamorgan. 
  • Sully TB Hospital, outside Cardiff, 1930

Land and Property

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

  • Sully Manor records       1754-1925          " ... formed part of the estates of the Stradling family of St Donats Castle, Glamorgan. After the death, in 1738, of Sir Thomas Stradling, the last male heir, the Stradling estates were partitioned by Act of Parliament in 1755, and Sully manor fell to the share of Sir John de la Fountain Tyrwhitt......................."


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

1841 - 144 1851 - 137 1861 - 192 1871 - 151 1881 - 203 1891 - 158

Public Records

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

  • Sully Civil Parish records                    " ....... comprising tithe plan and apportionment, 1847; assistant overseers rate books, 1918-1926; assistant overseers receipt and payment books, 1913-1927; parish council minutes books, 1894-1961"   
  • Sully Hospital records     ".......... including minutes and reports, 1932-1960; correspondence files, 1931-1973; printed material, c1933-1968; admission and discharge registers, 1955-1993; patient case files, 1937-1967"         
    ".......... opened in 1936 King Edward VII Welsh National Memorial Association with the purpose of treating chronic and advanced pulmonary disease. By the 1960s the hospital had developed into a centre for the treatment of chest and heart patients. In the early 1970s, lung and heart surgery was transferred to the Llandough and University Hospital of Wales (Heath, Cardiff) hospitals."