The Diocese of Llandaff is an Anglican (Church in Wales) diocese that traces its roots to pre-Reformation times as heir of a Catholic bishopric. It is headed by the Bishop of Llandaff, whose seat is located at the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Llandaff, a suburb of Cardiff. It currently covers most of the former Welsh county of Glamorgan, but once stretched from the River Towy to the middle of the Wye Valley.

Diocese of Llandaff

Dioecesis Landavensis

Esgobaeth Llandaf
Ecclesiastical provinceWales
ArchdeaconriesLlandaff, Margam
CathedralThe Cathedral Church of Ss. Peter & Paul with Dyfrig, Teilo & Euddogwy, Llandaff
LanguageEnglish, Welsh
Current leadership
BishopMary Stallard, Bishop of Llandaff
Map of the dioceses in the Church in Wales
Map of the dioceses in the Church in Wales
Llandaff Cathedral

Archdeaconries and deaneries


The diocese of Llandaff is currently divided into two archdeaconries: Llandaff and Margam.[1] From 2002–2020 there was a third archdeaconry, that of Morgannwg; in 2020, of its four deaneries, Pontypridd and Merthyr Tydfil & Caerphilly moved to Llandaff, and Cynon Valley and Rhondda moved to Margam.

Diocese Archdeaconry Deanery Paid clergy Churches Population People/clergy People/church Churches/clergy
Diocese of Llandaff Archdeaconry of Llandaff Deanery of Cardiff 14 19 151,933 10,852 7,996 1.36
Deanery of Llandaff 14 20 130,550 9,325 6,528 1.43
Deanery of Merthyr Tydfil & Caerphilly 10 26 140,015 14,002 5,385 2.6
Deanery of Penarth and Barry 11 18 92,180 8,380 5,121 1.64
Deanery of Pontypridd 8 17 83,083 10,385 4,887 2.13
Archdeaconry of Margam Deanery of Bridgend 13 24 105,403 8,108 4,392 1.85
Deanery of Cynon Valley 7 16 58,574 8,368 3,661 2.29
Deanery of Margam 8 16 76,913 9,614 4,807 2
Deanery of Neath 10 19 71,773 7,177 3,589 1.9
Deanery of Rhondda 6 18 85,313 14,219 4,740 3
Deanery of Vale of Glamorgan 9 35 30,452 3,384 870 3.89
Total/averages 110 228 1,026,189 9,329 4,501 2.07
Archdeacons of Llandaff

See Archdeacon of Llandaff

Archdeacons of Margam

See Archdeacon of Margam

Archdeacons of Morgannwg

Pre-reformation history : Catholic bishopric


Legendary foundations


Lucius of Britain


A number of traditions associate Llandaff with Lucius of Britain. Lucius was believed to be a 2nd century king who first beseeched the Pope (Eleutherius) to convert him to Christianity. The Pope's response was to send a Christian mission to Britain, which would include the building of Britain's first church. The Welsh Triads relate this tradition to Llandaff, stating that Lucius "made the first Church at Llandaf, which was the first in the Isle of Britain." another triad lists ""the three archbishoprics of the Isle of Britain" and states that "the first was Llandaf, of the gift of Lleirwg (Lucius), the son of Coel, the son of Cyllin, who first gave lands and civil privileges to such as first embraced the faith in Christ." Although the Lucius legend is now considered to be pseudohistory, it was recounted by Nennius, Bede and Geoffrey of Monmouth, and seems to have been widely accepted in the medieval period.[2]

Four names are associated with the task of executing the Pope's wishes, these include the early Welsh saints Fagan, Deruvian and Elvan. Fagan is sometimes named as "the first Bishop of Llandaff" while all three became patrons of churches and villages throughout the diocese. Iolo Morgannwg also linked these early figures to Llandaff, writing extensively on this supposed early foundation. In the Iolo Manuscripts, he credits Fagan as the second Bishop of Llandaff (succeeding Dyfan, a figure Iolo conflates with Deruvian).[3][4][5][6][a]

Saint Dubricius


The diocese was reputedly founded in 560 or earlier by Saint Teilo, during the monastic movement initiated by Saint Dubricius who presided over several monasteries in Ergyng, including Hentland and Moccas. Dubricius is said to have made Teilo abbot of this daughter monastery at Llandaff, which after Dubricius' death became a monastic cathedral and the chief monastery in South Wales. Saint Dubricius is usually given as the first bishop.

Places mentioned in the 'Book of Llandaff'

The early history of diocese is, however, highly controversial, because the chief authority, the diocesan charters in the Book of Llandaff, though dating from the late 6th century, were considerably doctored to raise Llandaff's profile when they were copied in the early 12th century. Similarly, the saints' 'lives' therein have little basis in fact. Gilbert Hunter Doble and others have clearly demonstrated that there is no evidence that Saints Dubricius and Teilo had anything to do with Llandaff. Dubricius was only active in Ergyng and Gwent, while Teilo's associations with Llandaff have been transferred from his great abbey at Llandeilo Fawr.[citation needed]

Early times


The original church at Llandaff (perhaps a monastery) may well have been an early foundation. However, it is likely to have been founded by Saint Oudoceus rather than Saint Teilo. The early episcopal authority in the area was, indeed, in Ergyng and Gwent, originally under Dubricius and then his disciples. Their base may have been at Welsh Bicknor, Kenderchurch or Glasbury. Teilo's foundation at Llandeilo may have superseded Ergyng in the mid-7th century or, as David Nash Ford suggests, the two may have remained the seats of independent, yet parallel, bishoprics, as late as the mid-9th century. Both had accepted the ways of the Roman Catholic Church in 777.

There certainly seems to have only been a single diocese by the late 9th century, based at Llandeilo. The Bishops were known as 'Bishop of Teilo'. When exactly the bishop's cathedra (and the Teilo traditions) moved to Llandaff, however, is not clear. Ford, again, suggests a date not much later, after the death of Bishop Nobis in 874. However, a date in the early 11th century or even later cannot be ruled out. The bishops of Llandaff long maintained absolute independence within their own territories, and the rights and privileges of the Church of Llandaff were extensive. However, there is a tradition that by 872, the bishops had already, nominally at least, accepted the authority of the English Province of Canterbury. Certainly this was the case by 982. The first Saxon bishop, Wulfrith, had been installed in 930, though he may have been of dual-nationality.

Norman times onwards


After the Norman Conquest of south-east Wales in the 1090s, the archbishops of Canterbury began to exercise their jurisdiction over Wales, and Saint Anselm placed Bishop Herewald of Llandaff under interdict. Herewald's successor, Urban, was consecrated at Canterbury, after taking an oath of canonical obedience to the archbishop, and from that time Llandaff became a full dependent of Canterbury. Standing difficulties were the admixture of race and language due to the English settlements and the ignorance and incontinence of the Welsh clergy, who had ceased to observe celibacy and gave scandal to the Normans and English alike. A reform was gradually effected, chiefly by the establishment of new monasteries and mendicant houses. The Book of Llandaff, now at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, reflects Urban's territorial ambitions for his diocese. The present cathedral dates substantially from his time, 1120 and later.

Anglican Reformation


In the religious turmoil of the 16th century, the Bishop of Llandaff, Anthony Kitchin, was the only bishop in office at the accession of Elizabeth I who acquiesced in the religious changes and was accounted an apostate by fellow Catholics. He died in 1563. Rome had already decided to suppress the Catholic see in 1530;

Thereafter, there continued a line of Anglican bishops up to the present day. Some of these showed aptitude for the conditions of the post, e. g. Blethyn and Morgan (the translator of the Bible), also those appointed under Charles II. Another Morgan suffered many years imprisonment for his Laudian convictions. The administration of the diocese suffered from its poor endowment and limited patronage, leading at the end of the 18th century to non-resident bishops (e.g. Watson) and the holding with other ecclesiastical benefices (such as the Deanery of St. Paul's). Failure to speak Welsh characterised the bishops during this period. Bishop Ollivant notably took up the challenge of providing churches for the newly industrialised valleys. The population explosion created pressure for the division of the diocese, which was put into effect with Disestablishment. The diocese remained part of the Province of Canterbury until the creation of the Church in Wales on 31 March 1920.

List of churches


Deanery of Cardiff[8]

Parishes Church Founded (building) Clergy Communities served Population served
Cardiff (Christ Church) Roath Park[9] Christ Church, Roath Park T. Hughes Cyncoed (half) 5,574
Cardiff (Citizen Church)[10] SS Andrew & Teilo, Cathays (Citizen Church) 1879 (1897) R. Forey Cathays (part) 9,001
Cardiff (Dewi Sant)[11] Dewi Sant, Cardiff 1889 (1863) D. Lloyd Castle (east) 1,059
Cardiff (St Mary)[12] St Mary the Virgin, Cardiff 1843 D. Atkins Butetown 10,125
Cardiff City Parish[13] St John the Baptist, Cardiff Medieval S. Jones
L. Hanney
Castle (west) 1,060
Cathays[14] St Michael & All Angels, Cathays 1893 (1995) C. Downs Cathays (part) 9,001
Gabalfa and Tremorfa[15] St Mark, Gabalfa c. 1870 (1968) M. Nelson Gabalfa, Heath, Tremorfa 23,057
St Philip's Community Church, Tremorfa 1930 (1966)
Grangetown l/w Cardiff St Dyfrig & St Samson[16] SS Dyfrig & Samson, Grangetown 1907 E. Owen Grangetown 19,385
St Paul, Grangetown 1879 (1890)
Lisvane[17] St Denys, Lisvane Medieval J. Griffiths Lisvane 3,707
Llanishen[18] St Faith, Llanishen 1960s C. Smith Llanishen, Thornhill 17,147
St Isan, Llanishen Medieval
Roath (St Edward) (St Margaret)[19] St Edward, Roath 1915 (1919) S. Lisk Penylan (part) 12,657
St Margaret, Roath Medieval (1870)
Roath (St German)[20] St German, Roath 1857 (1884) - Adamsdown 10,371
Roath (St Saviour)[21] St Saviour, Splott 1884 (1888) - Splott 11,623
Roath (St Martin)[22] St Martin, Roath 1886 (1901) I. Hamer Roath (part) 18,166
Urban Crofters Conventional District[23] St Anne, Roath (Urban Crofters) 1872 (1886) W. Souter Roath (part)

Closed churches in the area

Church Founded (building) Closed
Old St Mary's, Cardiff Medieval 1701
St Dyfrig, Cardiff[24] 1872 (1893) 1969
St James the Great, Cardiff pre-1890 (1894) 2006
St Stephen, Cardiff pre-1900 (1902) 1992
All Saints, Adamsdown[25] 1856 (1893) 1965
St Alban, Blackweir[26]
St Barnabas, Saltmead[27] 1896 post-1960

Deanery of Llandaff[28]

Parishes Church Founded (building) Clergy Communities served Population served
Caerau with Ely[29] St David, Cowbridge Road West 1871 J. Smith Caerau 11,318
St Timothy, Caerau 1957
Fairwater[30] St Peter, Fairwater 1937 C. Sutton Fairwater 12,981
Glan Ely[31] Resurrection, Glan Ely c. 1910 (1933) J. Gould Ely 14,603
Llandaff (Cathedral and Parish)[32][33] Cathedral of SS Peter & Paul with SS Dyfrig, Teilo & Euddogwy, Llandaff Medieval R. Peers
J. van der Lely
M. Preece
Llandaff 8,997
Pentyrch & Capel Llanilltern[34] St Cadoc, Pentyrch Medieval (1857) S. John Pentyrch, Pont-y-clun (Groesfaen area) 6,101
St David, Groesfaen 1892
St Ellteyrn, Capel Llanilltern Medieval (1862)
Radyr[35] Christ Church, Radyr 1903 V. Burrows
B. Huxtable-Goy
Radyr and Morganstown, St Fagans 8,952
St John the Baptist, Danescourt Medieval
St Fagans and Michaelston-Super-Ely[36] St Mary, St Fagans Medieval
Tongwynlais[37] St Mary and St James, Taffs Well[38] c. 1897 - Nantgarw, Taffs Well, Tongwynlais 5,622
St Michael & All Angels, Tongwynlais 1850 (1877)
Canton Rectorial Benefice[39] St Catherine, Canton 1885 F. Wilson
E. Rees
B. Yates
Canton, Pontcanna, Riverside 28,075
St John the Evangelist, Canton 1855
St Luke, Canton 1909
Whitchurch Rectorial Benefice[40] All Saints, Llandaff North 1873 (1955) J. Davis
P. Mortimer
Llandaff North, Rhiwbina, Whitchurch 33,901
All Saints, Rhiwbina 1931
St Mary, Whitchurch Medieval (1884)
St Thomas, Whitchurch 1911 (1913)

Closed churches in the area

Church Location Founded (building) Closed
St Mary the Virgin, Caerau Medieval 1973
St Mary, Nantgarw 1845 1983[38]
St Michael, Michaelston-super-Ely[41] Michaelston-super-Ely Medieval 2010[b][42]


  1. ^ An account in the Book of Llandaff is that in 156AD, King Lucius sent two ambassadors, Elfan and Medwy, to Pope Eleutherius asking that he be made a Christian and that his subjects might also become Christians. Both ambassadors were baptised and ordained, with Elfan being made a bishop. Both men returned to Britain where they taught and converted many in the court of King Lucius. Elfan is said to have become the first Bishop of Llandaff.[7]
  2. ^ Decree of redundancy and deconsecration dated 16 March 2012.

Deanery of Merthyr Tydfil and Caerphilly[43]

Parishes Church Founded (building) Clergy Communities served Population served
Bargoed, Deri & Brithdir[44] St Peter, Deri c. 1890 R. Lindsay Bargoed (Bargoed ED), Darran Valley, New Tredegar (Brithdir area), Rhymney (Pontlottyn & Twyn Carno EDs) 15,664
St David, Brithdir
St Gwladys, Bargoed 1877
Pontlottyn & Fochriw[45] St Aidan, Rhymney Bridge C19th
St Tyfaelog, Pontlottyn 1863
SS Mary & Andrew, Fochriw 1864
Dowlais & Penydarren[46] Christ Church, Pant 1870s C. Owen Dowlais, Pant, Penydarren 12,345
All Saints, Dowlais
Eglwysilan & Caerphilly Rectorial Benefice[47] St Ilan, Eglwysilan Medieval M. Greenaway-Robbins
P. Smith
Aber Valley, Caerphilly, Penyrheol, Trecenydd and Energlyn, Van 39,600
St Andrew, Penyrheol
St Catherine, Caerphilly c. 1910 (c. 1930)
St Martin, Caerphilly pre-1870s (1879)
SS Peter & Cenydd, Senghenydd[a]
Gelligaer[51] St Catwg, Gelligaer Medieval G. Powell Bargoed (Gilfach ED), Gelligaer (St Cattwg ED) 9,879
St Margaret, Gilfach 1895 (1933)
Merthyr Tydfil (Christ Church)[52] Christ Church, Georgetown 1857 M. Walford
M. Prevett
Cyfarthfa, Gurnos, Park, Town, Troed-y-rhiw (Abercanaid area) 26,646
Merthyr Tydfil St David & Abercanaid[53] SS Peter & Paul, Abercanaid 1884 (1911)
St Tydfil, Merthyr Tydfil Medieval (1901)
St David, Merthyr Tydfil 1847
Church of St Tydfil's Well, Merthyr Tydfil
Treharris, Trelewis, Bedlinog and Llanfabon[54] St Mabon, Llanfabon Medieval (1847) G. Coombes Bedlinog, Nelson, Treharris 14,280
St John the Baptist, Nelson 1887
St Matthias, Treharris 1896
Troedyrhiw l/w Merthyr Vale[55] St John the Baptist, Troedyrhiw 1851 S. Barnes Merthyr Vale, Troed-y-rhiw (Troedyrhiw area) 6,627
St Mary & Holy Innocents, Merthyr Vale 1926 (1974)
Ystrad Mynach & Llanbradach[56] Holy Trinity, Ystrad Mynach 1855 S. Kirk Gelligaer (Ystrad Mynach & Hengoed EDs), Llanbradach and Pwllypant 14,974


  1. ^ Although closed and apparently destined for redundancy in 2017,[48] the church was in 2021 re-opened as a church plant from Citizen Church, based in Cathays, Cardiff.[49] The church appears now to be administratively part of the Parish of Citizen Church, Cardiff,[50] and no longer part of the Benefice of Eglwysilan (St Ilan) and Caerphilly (now the Caerphilly and Aber Valley Ministry Area).

Closed churches in the area

Church Location Founded (building) Closed
St Luke, Gellideg Merthyr Tydfil c. 2019
All Saints, Llanbradach[57] Llanbradach 1896 c. 1994
Llanbradach Chapel[58] Llanbradach C20th
Trinity Church, Pengam[59] Pengam pre-1877
St Anne, Cefn Hengoed Cefn Hengoed 1931 (1939) early 2010s
St Mary, Fochriw[60] Fochriw 1907 1981
St Cadoc, Bedlinog[61] Bedlinog 1873 (1912)
St John the Baptist, Dowlais[62] Dowlais 1827 1997
St John, Penydarren[63] Penydarren 1858 pre-2009
St Cynon, Treharris[64] Treharris
St James the Great, Pentre-bach[65] Pentre-bach late C19th 1979
St Mary, Trelewis[66] Trelewis 1886 pre-2004

Deanery of Penarth and Barry[67]

Benefice Church Founded (building) Clergy Communities served Population served
Rectorial Benefice of Barry[68] (Barry Ministry Area)[69] SS Dyfan & Teilo, Merthyr Dyfan Medieval Z. King
R. Parrish
D. Barnes-Davies[70]
Barry 51,502
St Cadoc, Cadoxton(-juxta-Barry) Ancient (Medieval)
St Mary, Barry Dock 1905
All Saints, Barry 1908
Penarth (All Saints) (St Peter)[71] All Saints, Penarth 1891 (1954) J. Young

A. Reeves

Penarth (Plymouth & Stanwell EDs) 10,252
St Peter, Old Cogan Medieval
Penarth & Llandough[72] Holy Nativity, Penarth 1894 (1952) M. Jones Llandough, Penarth (Cornerswell & St Augustine's EDs) 13,808
St Augustine, Penarth Medieval (1866)
St Dochdwy, Llandough Medieval (1866)
Porthkerry, Rhoose and Penmark[73] St Peter, Rhoose 1912 (1993) M. Prince Rhoose 6,160
St Curig, Porthkerry Medieval
St Mary, Penmark Medieval
St Andrews Major l/w Michaelston-Le-Pit[74] St Michael & All Angels, Michaelston-le-Pit Medieval A. James
J. Ormrod
Dinas Powys, Michaelston-le-Pit and Leckwith, Sully and Lavernock, Wenvoe 10,458
St Andrew, St Andrew's Major Medieval
St Peter, Dinas Powys 1881 (1930)
Sully[75] St John the Baptist, Sully Medieval
Wenvoe l/w St Lythans[76] St Bleddian, St Lythans Medieval
St Mary, Wenvoe Medieval

Closed churches in the area

Church Location Founded (building) Closed
St Nicholas, Barry[77] St Nicholas' Road, Barry Medieval (1876) 1950s
St Paul the Apostle, Barry[78] St Paul's Avenue, Barry 1893 2017
St Baruc, Barry Island[78] Phyllis Street, Barry 1897 2019
St Luke, Penarth[79] Penarth 1960 2006

Deanery of Pontypridd[80]

Benefice Church Founded (building) Clergy Communities served Population served
Llantrisant Rectorial Benefice[81] St David, Miskin 1878 (1907) S. Freeman
V. Gardner
R. Hill
P. Gullidge
R. Gratton
D. Jones
Llanharan (most), Llanharry, Llantrisant, Llantwit Fardre, Pont-y-clun 45,725
St Michael & All Angels, Beddau 1936
SS Illtyd, Gwynno & Dyfodwg, Llantrisant Medieval
SS Julius & Aaron, Llanharan pre-1857 (1857)
St Peter, Brynna
St Illtyd, Llanharry Medieval (1868)
St Anne, Talygarn Medieval? (1887)
St Paul, Pontyclun 1895
St Illtyd, Llantwit Fardre c. 1525
Pontypridd[82] St John the Evangelist, Graig pre-1901 (1920s)[83] C. Rushton
A. Baker
P. Watson[84]
R. Forey (apptd to St Mary, Glyntaff)[85]
Pontypridd, Ynysybwl and Coed-y-cwm 37,358
St Luke, Rhydyfelin 1907 (1962)[83]
St Mary, Glyntaff 1839[83]
St Catherine, Pontypridd 1868[83]
Christ Church, Ynysybwl 1887[83]
St Gwynno, Llanwonno 6th c. (12th c.)[83]
St Luke, Cilfynydd 1892[83]

Closed churches in the area

Church Location Founded (building) Closed
Mission Room, Pen-y-coedcae Pen-y-coedcae[86] before 1900[a] 1980s?
St Andrew, Llantwit Fardre[87] Llantwit Fardre 1980s
St Barnabas, Trehafod[88] Trehafod[b][89] pre-2012[90][c]
St David, Hopkinstown (Llanddewi Rhondda) Hopkinstown 1855[83] 2022[91]
St Mark, Pwll Gwaun[92] Pwll Gwaun 1892 2011
St Matthew, Pontypridd[93] Trallwn, Pontypridd 1885[d] (1907)[94] 2006/07[95]


  1. ^ The Mission Room appears on an Ordnance Survey Maps dated 1900 and continues to appear at ST 06058 87727 until at least the 1960s.
  2. ^ Although the village of Trehafod lay partly in the former Rhondda Borough, St Barnabas was within the parish of Llanddewi Rhondda and therefore in the Pontypridd Deanery.
  3. ^ Decree of Redundancy and Deconsecration dated 16 March 2012
  4. ^ Mission Church in Church Road, Trallwn.

Deanery of Bridgend[96]

Benefice Church Founded (building) Clergy Communities served Population served
Coity & Nolton l/w Coychurch[97] St Mary, Coity Medieval M. Komor
M. Thorne
C. Holloway
Brackla, Bridgend (Oldcastle), Coity Higher, Coychurch Lower 23,991
St Mary, Nolton Medieval (1887)
St Mary, Brackla (meets in school) 1995
St Crallo, Coychurch Medieval
Glyncorrwg & the Upper Afan Valley l/w Caerau St Cynfelyn[98] St Cynfelin, Caerau 1910 B. Reaney Glyncorrwg, Maesteg (Caerau ED) 6,995
St John the Baptist, Glyncorrwg pre-C18th (1905)
Laleston & Merthyr Mawr l/w Penyfai[99] All Saints, Penyfai 1903 A. Beer Laleston, Merthyr Mawr, Newcastle Higher 16,899
St Teilo, Merthyr Mawr Medieval (1852)
St David, Laleston Medieval
Llandyfodwg & Cwm Ogwr[100] St Tyfodwg, Llandyfodwg Medieval (1870s) J. Jenkins Ogmore Valley 7,954
St David, Ogmore Vale 1879
Llangeinor & the Garw Valley[101] St David, Pontycymmer 1911 R. Pitman Garw Valley (Llangeinor & Pontycymmer EDs) 3,742
St Ceinwyr, Llangeinor Medieval
Llangynwyd & Maesteg[102] St Cynwyd, Llangynwyd Medieval M. Evans
W. John
Bryn, Llangynwyd Middle, Maesteg (Maesteg West ED) 8,808
St David, Maesteg 1853
St Michael & All Angels, Maesteg 1898
Llanilid l/w Pencoed[103] SS Ilid & Curig, Llanilid Medieval I. Hodges Coychurch Higher, Llanharan (Llanilid area), Pencoed 10,054
St David, Pencoed c. 1877 (1915)
St Paul, Heol-y-Cyw 1889
Llansantffraid, Bettws & Aberkenfig[104] St Bride, Aberkenfig S. Brumwell Garw Valley (Bettws ED), Llangynwyd Lower, St Bride's Minor, Ynysawdre 12,074
St John the Divine, Aberkenfig 1868
St David, Bettws Medieval
Newcastle[105] St Illtyd, Newcastle Medieval D. Lloyd Bridgend (Newcastle & Morfa EDs) 10,113
Troedrhiwgarth[106] St Mary the Virgin, Maesteg 1891 C. Reaney Maesteg (Maesteg East ED) 4,773

Closed churches in the area

Church Location Founded (building) Closed
St James, Blaengarw[107] Blaengarw 1890 2004
St Tydfil, Bryn[108] Bryn c. 1890 (1902) 2018
St Theodore, Bryncethin[109] Bryncethin 1896 1992
St Thomas the Apostle, Coytrahen[110] Tondu pre-1899 (1934) post-1970s
St Peter, Nant-y-moel[111] Nant-y-moel 1889 1960
St Paul, Nant-y-moel[112] Nant-y-moel 1909 1992
St John the Baptist, Ogmore Vale[113] Ogmore Vale 1900 (1914) 2004
St Mary, Pont-y-rhyl[114] Pontycymer 1892 1986
St Theodore, Pontycymer[115] Pontycymer pre-1895
St Tudwg, Tythegston[116] Tythegston Medieval (1876) late C20th

Deanery of Cynon Valley[117]

Benefice Church Founded (building) Clergy Communities served Population served
Aberaman & Cwmaman[118] St Joseph, Cwmaman 1890 (Closed 2021) M. Gibbon Aberaman North, Aberaman South 9,865
St Margaret, Aberaman 1883
Abercynon[119] St Donat, Carnetown 1898 VACANT Abercynon (part) 3,195
St Gwynno, Abercynon
Penrhiwceiber, Matthewstown & Ynysboeth[120] All Saints, Matthewstown (no building) 1903 S. Ghezzi[citation needed] Abercynon (part), Penrhiwceiber 8,984
St Winifred, Penrhiwceiber 1883
Aberdare (St Fagan)[121] St Fagan, Trecynon 1853 (c. 1858) R. Green Aberdare West, Llwydcoed 9,247
St James, Llwydcoed 1895
St Luke, Cwmdare 1887
Aberdare (St John the Baptist) (St Elvan) (St Matthew) (St John the Evangelist)[122] St Elvan, Aberdare 1852 R. Davies Aberdare East 6,561
St John the Baptist, Aberdare Medieval
St Matthew, Abernant c. 1880 (1889)
Cwmbach[123] St Mary Magdalene, Cwmbach 1882 - Cwmbach 4,401
Hirwaun[124] St Lleurwg, Hirwaun 1858 P. Godsall Hirwaun, Pen-y-waun, Rhigos 8,947
St Winifred, Penywaun 1958
Mountain Ash & Miskin[125] St Margaret, Mountain Ash 1862 VACANT Mountain Ash East, Mountain Ash West 7,374

Closed churches in the area

Church Location Founded (building) Closed
St Peter, Abercwmboi[126] Abercwmboi 1918
St John the Evangelist, Robertstown[127] Robertstown 1890
St David, Mountain Ash[128] Mountain Ash 1886 post-1950
St Teilo, Mountain Ash[129] Mountain Ash 1890 post-1950
St John the Baptist, Miskin[130] Mountain Ash 1909 2007
St Illtyd, Cefn Pennar Cefn Pennar 1894

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Deanery of Margam[131]

Benefice Church Founded (building) Clergy Communities served Population served
Baglan[132] St Catharine, Baglan 1875 S. Jenkyns
E. Jenkyns
Baglan, Baglan Bay, Cwmavon 12,434
St Baglan, Baglan early C20th (1959)
Cwmafan[133] St Michael, Cwmavon Medieval (C17th)
Kenfig Hill[134] St Theodore, Kenfig Hill 1891 J. Durley Pyle (part), Cefn Cribwr 5,183
Rectorial Benefice of Aberavon[135] Holy Trinity, Aberavon 1953 (2018) B. Andrews
M. Pateman
Aberavon, Baglan Moors, Port Talbot, Sandfields East, Sandfields West, Tai-bach 29,512
St Agnes, Port Talbot 1902 (1910)
St Mary, Aberavon Medieval (1859)
St Theodore, Port Talbot 1897
Margam[136] St David, Margam C19th? (1959) - Margam, Margam Moors 3,017
St Mary, Margam Abbey Medieval
Newton Nottage, Porthcawl[137] St John the Baptist, Porthcawl Medieval P. Masson
M. Broadway
Porthcawl 16,005
St David, Nottage 1948 (1992)
All Saints, Porthcawl 1866 (1914)
St Mary, Trecco Bay 1953 (1964)
Pyle and Kenfig[138] St James, Pyle Medieval D. Walker Pyle (part), Cornelly 10,762
St Mary Magdalene, Maudlam Medieval

Closed churches in the area

Church Location Founded (building) Closed
St Gabriel, Abergwynfi[139] Abergwynfi 1894
Old St Baglan's, Baglan Baglan Medieval 1954
St Peter, Nantyffyllon[140] Caerau
St Colman, Cefn Cribwr[141] Cefn Cribwr 1924 2012
All Saints, Cwmafan[142] Cwmafan 1855 1980
St John the Evangelist, Cymer[143] Cymer
St Peter, Goytre[144] Goytre 1915 2019
Old St David's, Nottage Nottage Medieval C17th
St John, Pontrhydyfen[145] Pontrhydyfen
Holy Cross, Port Talbot[146] Port Talbot 1827 2008
St Paul, Port Talbot[147] Port Talbot 1910

Deanery of Neath[148]

Benefice Church Founded (building) Clergy Communities served Population served
Cadoxton-Juxta-Neath & Tonna[149] St Catwg, Cadoxton-juxta-Neath Medieval A. Meredith Blaenhonddan, Clyne and Melincourt, Tonna 15,469
St Anne, Tonna 1892
Cilybebyll[150] St John the Evangelist, Cilybebyll Medieval J. Shaw Cilybebyll 4,806
St John the Baptist, Alltwen 1888
Dulais Valley[151] St David, Dyffryn Cellwen 1925 A. Davies
E. Street
Blaengwrach, Crynant, Glynneath, Onllwyn, Resolven, Seven Sisters 12,962
St Mary, Seven Sisters pre-1894 (1911)
St Margaret, Crynant Medieval (1910)
Vale of Neath[152] St Cadoc, Aberpergwm Medieval (1809)
St Mary, Blaengwrach c. 1608
St David, Resolven 1850
Dyffryn[153] St Matthew, Dyffryn 1871 S. Bodycombe Dyffryn Clydach 3,162
Neath Rectorial Benefice[154] St David, Neath 1866 L. Newman
R. ap Robert2
Neath, Pelenna 20,410
St Illtyd, Llantwit Medieval
SS Peter & Paul, Neath 1964
St Thomas the Apostle, Neath Medieval
St Teilo, Tonmawr ??? (2003)
Llansawel, Briton Ferry[155] St Mary, Briton Ferry Medieval (1892) S. Birdsall Briton Ferry 5,911
Skewen[156] St John the Baptist, Neath Abbey 1850 C. Coles Coedffranc, Dyffryn Clydach (part) 9,053
St Mary, Skewen 1905 (2012)

Closed churches in the area

Church Location Founded (building) Closed
St Clement, Briton Ferry[157] Briton Ferry 1866 2007
St John the Baptist, Briton Ferry[158] Briton Ferry 1878 2013
St Thomas, Briton Ferry[159] Briton Ferry 1881
All Saints, Skewen[160] Skewen 1905 2006
St Catherine, Neath Neath 1891 2020

Deanery of Rhondda[161]

Benefice Church Founded (building) Clergy Communities served Population served
Dinas & Penygraig[162] St Barnabas, Penygraig 1897 (1915) J. Thomas
T. Cox
Cwm Clydach, Cymmer, Pen-y-graig, Porth, Tonypandy, Trehafod, Ynyshir 26,898
Porth Newydd[163] St John the Evangelist, Cymmer 1889
Tonypandy l/w Clydach Vale l/w Williamstown[164] St Thomas, Clydach Vale 1896
St Andrew, Tonypandy 1877
St Illtud, Williamstown 1884 (1891)
Pen Rhondda Fawr[165] St George, Cwmparc 1896 P. Leyshon Treorchy, Treherbert 13,421
St Matthew, Treorchy 1871
Pont Rhondda[166] All Saints, Trealaw P. Gale Llwyn-y-pia, Trealaw, Ystrad 12,141
St Cynon, Llwynypia
St Stephen, Ystrad Rhondda 1896
Rhondda Fach Uchaf[167] St Dunstan, Ferndale 1906 D. Jones Ferndale, Maerdy, Tylorstown 11,884
Holy Trinity, Tylorstown 1883
Interdenominational Church Building, Penrhys
Tonyrefail l/w Gilfach Goch[168] St David, Tonyrefail 1903 - Gilfach Goch, Tonyrefail 15,737
St Alban, Tonyrefail 1930 (1981)
St Barnabas, Gilfach Goch 1899
Ystradyfodwg[169] St Peter, Pentre 1889 H. England-Simon Pentre 5,232
St John the Baptist, Ystradfodwg Medieval (1987)

Closed churches in the area

Church Location Founded (building) Closed
Dinas Mission, Dinas[170] Dinas 1897 2018
St Anne, Ynyshir[171] Ynyshir 1886 c. 2018
St Dyfan, Clydach[172] Clydach Vale 1965
Christ Church, Ferndale[173] Ferndale 1876 (1886)
St Luke, Maerdy[174] Maerdy
All Saints, Maerdy[175] Maerdy 1885 2011
St David, Ton Pentre Gelli 1881 1980s
St Mark, Gelli[176] Gelli 1896 (c. 1910) 1987
St Paul, Porth[177] Porth 1890 2014
St Luke, Llwyncelyn[178] Llwyncelyn pre-2017
St David, Tonypandy[179] Tonypandy
St George, Tonyrefail[180] Tonyrefail
St Alban, Treherbert[181] Treherbert 1891
St Mary, Treherbert[182] Treherbert 1866 1970s
All Saints, Treherbert[183] Treherbert 1894
St Tyfodwg, Treorchy[184] Treorchy 1895
St David, Tylorstown[185] Tylorstown 1906 late C20th
St Mary Magdalene, Pontygwaith[186] Pontygwaith 1896 1997
St Thomas, Wattstown[187] Wattstown 1896

Deanery of Vale of Glamorgan[188]

Benefice Church Founded (building) Clergy Communities served Population served
Colwinston, Llandow & Llysworney[189] St Tydfil, Llysworney Medieval (1894) A. Kettle Colwinston, Llandow (most) 1,173
Holy Trinity, Llandow Medieval
St Michael & All Angels, Colwinston Medieval
Cowbridge Rectorial Benefice[190] St Canna, Llangan Medieval? (C19th) S. Adams
V. Ashley
I. Yemm
Cowbridge with Llanblethian, Llanfair, Llangan, Penllyn, St Athan (Flemingston area) 8,882
St Mary, St Mary Hill Medieval
St Michael, Flemingston Medieval (C19th)
Holy Cross, Cowbridge Medieval
St John the Baptist, Llanblethian Medieval
St Dochdwy, Llandough
St Mary, St Mary Church Medieval?
St Brynach, Llanfrynach Medieval
St John the Evangelist, Penllyn c. 1850
St Senwyr, Llansannor Medieval
St Hilary, St Hilary Medieval
St Owain, Ystradowen Medieval (1868)
Glamorgan Heritage Coast Rectorial Benefice[191] St James, Wick Medieval K. Prime
E. Counsell
C. Vaughan
Ewenny, Llandow (Llanmihangel area), Llan-maes, Llantwit Major, St Athan (most), St Bride's Major, St Donats, Wick 16,556
St Tathan, St Athan Medieval
St Donat, St Donats Medieval
St Illtyd, Llantwit Major Medieval
St Mary, Monknash Medieval
Holy Trinity, Marcross Medieval
St Cadoc, Llanmaes Medieval
St Michael, Llanmihangel Medieval
St Giles, Gileston Medieval
St Michael, Ewenny Medieval
St Bridget, St Brides Major Medieval
All Saints, Southerndown 1876 (1968)
East Vale Rectorial Benefice[192] St Cadoc, Pendoylan Medieval M. Davies
D. Morris
Llancarfan, Pendoylan, Peterston-super-Ely, St Georges-super-Ely, St Nicholas and Bonvilston, Welsh St Donats 3,841
St Donat, Welsh St Donats Medieval
St Bride, St Bride's-super-Ely Medieval
St Peter, Peterston-super-Ely Medieval
St Mary the Virgin, Bonvilston Medieval
St Nicholas, St Nicholas Medieval
St Cadoc, Llancarfan Medieval
St Illtyd, Llantrithyd Medieval

Closed churches in the area

Church Location Founded (building) Closed
St George, St George-super-Ely[193] St George-super-Ely Medieval c. 2019
St Brewis, Eglwysbrewis[194] Eglwys Brewis Medieval early C21st

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