Pyllalai / Pilleth

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"PILLITH (PWLL-LLAITH), a parish in the hundred of KEVENLLEECE, county of RADNOR, SOUTH WALES, 3 3/4 miles (S. W.) from Knighton, containing 75 inhabitants. .......................... The parish is situated on the river Lug, and extends for about three miles in length, and one mile and a half in breadth : ................... The living is a vicarage not in charge, annexed to that of Llangunllo, in the archdeaconry of Brecknock, and diocese of St. David's, endowed with £ 800 royal bounty. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, .................. The poor children of this parish are entitled to gratuitous instruction in the school founded at Whitton, by Lady Child, of this parish, who endowed it with lands producing more than £ 100 per annum, and under the provisions of whose will one child of this parish is annually apprenticed. On a common in the northern part of the parish are a few scattered houses, forming a place called Hen dre'r Garreg, or " the old town of the rock." ................... The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor amounts to £5l. 12.........." ( A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, Samuel Lewis, 1833)



Adferiad Eglwys y Santes Fair Pilalau = Restoration of St. Mary's Church Pilleth. Pilleth : St. Mary's Church, [2002?]. 1 folded sheet

Bradney, Joseph A             Pilleth, Nanty-groes and Monaughty            Radnorshire Society Transactions, vol. 21 1951 Welsh Journals Online  

Cyfeillion Pilalau = The friends of Pilleth. [Pilalau : Cyfeillion Pilalau, 2002]. 4p

Price, P D      Price of Pilleth; four wills           Radnorshire Society Transactions      vol. 44  1974   Welsh Journals Online

Taylor, Richard. Pilleth : the battle . Llandrindod Wells : Powys County Council, 1978.

The battle of Pilleth : Owain Glyndwr & the struggle for Welsh independence = Brwydr Pilalai : Owain Glyndwr a'r frwydr dros annibyniaeth Cymru. Llandrindod Wells : Powys County Council, [2003?].  I folded sheet

Williams, Richard            A sword and spurs in Pelleth Church           Radnorshire Society Transactions   Vol 25 1955          Welsh Journals Online  

Wynn-Jones, Walford. A guide to the Church of Our Lady of Pilleth, Radnorshire, Powys. [Llangurig] : [Walford Wynn-Jones], 1989. 12p



Victorian Powys for schools site - Census figures for Pilleth parish 1841-1901


St Mary, Pilleth

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Church History

Church and chapel data from The Religious census of 1851 : A Calendar of the returns relating to Wales, Vol 1, South Wales. Ed. by   I.G   Jones, & D. Williams. UWP,  Cardiff, 1976. The names given towards the end of each entry are those of the informants.

Pilleth Parish; Statistics; Area 1897 acres; Population 45 males, 47 females, total 92

  • Pilleth Parish Church       Attendance - (average) morning 20, afternoon 30    1 service in English     "With respect to the Day School and Sunday School - see the return from the parish of Whitton - The Children of the parish attend school there, which school is jointly endowed for the instruction of the children of both parishes"          D Davies, Vicar

Church of Our Lady of Pilleth on the Radnorshire Churches Survey site


    Church Records

    Detailed information on deposited registers and transcripts for this parish is given on the Powys Archives page Radnorshire parish registers

    As a guide only, the principal extant parochial church records for this parish span the dates shown below (as detailed in Parish Registers of Wales, NLW 2000) but exact current holdings should be confirmed with the individual Archives;

    • Baptisms 1766, 1771-1811, 1813-1980; Marriages 1772-1812, 1814-1836, 1838-1887; Burials 1772-1811, 1816-1964
      Parish Registers, or copies, for all or part of these dates are held at the NLW and/or Powys Archives.  
      Bishops Transcripts for various periods are held at the NLW  

    Description and Travel

    Other Sites Associated with Owain Glyndwr - Glyndyfrdwy and Pilleth on the Castle Wales site

    Pilleth - on Wikipedia

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    Historical Geography

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    Pilleth - the Batle of Bryn Glas 1402

    Save the Pilleth  battlefield site - on BBC Wales


    Public Records

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

    • Pilleth Parish and Community Council records 1894-1990