Diocese of Llandaff

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

Esgobaeth Llandaf
Coat of Arms of the Diocese of Llandaff.svg
Ecclesiastical provinceWales
ArchdeaconriesLlandaff, Margam
CathedralThe Cathedral Church of Ss. Peter & Paul with Dyfrig, Teilo & Euddogwy, Llandaff
Current leadership
BishopJune Osborne, Bishop of Llandaff
ArchdeaconsPeggy Jackson, Archdeacon of Llandaff;
Michael Komor, Archdeacon of Margam
Map of the dioceses in the Church in Wales
Map of the dioceses in the Church in Wales
Llandaff Cathedral

Archdeaconries and deaneriesEdit

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 18 20 130,550 7,253 6,528 1.11
Deanery of Merthyr Tydfil & Caerphilly 11 26 140,015 12,729 5,385 2.36
Deanery of Penarth and Barry 8 20 92,927 11,616 4,646 2.5
Deanery of Pontypridd 4 17 83,083 20,771 4,887 4.25
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 9 16 76,913 8,546 4,807 1.78
Deanery of Neath 10 19 71,773 7,177 3,589 1.9
Deanery of Rhondda 7 18 85,313 12,188 4,740 2.57
Deanery of Vale of Glamorgan 10 33 29,705 2,971 900 3.3
Total/averages 111 228 1,026,189 9,245 4,501 2.05
Archdeacons of Llandaff

See Archdeacon of Llandaff

Archdeacons of Margam

See Archdeacon of Margam

Archdeacons of Morgannwg

Pre-reformation history : Catholic bishopricEdit

Legendary foundationEdit

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 timesEdit

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 onwardsEdit

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.

Catholic OrdinariesEdit

Suffragan Bishops of Landaff
incomplete – first centuries lacking
  • John de Egglescliffe, Dominican Order (O.P.) (1323.06.20 – death 1347.01.02), previously Bishop of Connor (Ireland) (1322 – 1323.06.20)
  • John Paschal, Carmelite Order (O. Carm.) (1347.02.19 – death 1361.10.11)
  • Roger Cradock, Friars Minor (O.F.M.) (1361.12.15 – death 1382.06.22), previously Bishop of Waterford (Ireland) (1350.03.02 – 1361.12.15)
  • Thomas Rushook (Thomas Rushooke), O.P. (1383.05.03 – 1385.11.07), next Bishop of Chichester (England) (1385.11.07 – 1388), Bishop of Brefinnia (Ireland) (1388 – ?retired 1390?), died 1393
  • William Bottlesham (1385.12.02 – 1389.08.27), previously Bishop of Bethléem à Clamecy ('Bethelehem' exiled in Burgundy, France) (1383 – 1385.12.02); later Bishop of Rochester (England) (1389.08.27 – death 1400.02)
  • Robert Tideman of Winchcombe (1393 – 1395.06.15), next Bishop of Worcester (England) (1395.06.15 – death 1401.06.13)
  • John Burghill (1396.04.12 – 1398.07.02), next Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield (England) (1398.07.02 – death 1414.05.20)
  • ...


Anglican ReformationEdit

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.

In the 20th century Anglo-Catholic parishes were numerous and gave a distinctive High Church character to the diocese. Opposition to the ordination of female priests was widespread and their introduction delayed for some time.[clarification needed]

Catholic successorsEdit

When the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cardiff was founded on 7 February 1916, it was considered[by whom?] the restoration of the Catholic see of Llandaf, enjoying its apostolic succession, although its territory was reassigned from the simultaneously suppressed Diocese of Newport.[citation needed]

It was however on territory of the concurrently suppressed Catholic Roman Catholic Diocese of Newport (originally Newport and Menevia), which had been established in 1840 as Apostolic Vicariate of the Welsh District, on territory split from the Anglo-Welsh Apostolic Vicariate of the Western District. It was no assigned a co-cathedral not saw its title revived, its Former Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul, St. Dyfrig, St. Telio and St. Euddogwy, in Llandaff remaining a Protestant church.

List of churchesEdit

Deanery of Cardiff[2]Edit

Parishes Church Founded (building) Clergy Communities served Population served
Cardiff (Dewi Sant)[3] Dewi Sant, Cardiff 1889 (1863) 1 Castle (east) 2,119
Cardiff City Parish[4] St John the Baptist, Cardiff Medieval 2 Castle (west)
Cardiff St German l/w Cardiff St Saviour[5] St German, Roath 1857 (1884) 1 Adamsdown, Splott 21,994
St Saviour, Splott 1884 (1888)
Cardiff (St Mary)[6] St Mary the Virgin, Cardiff 1843 1 Butetown 10,125
Cardiff (Christ Church) Roath Park[7] Christ Church, Roath Park 1 Cyncoed (part) 5,574
St Teilo Conventional District[8] SS Andrew & Teilo, Cathays (Citizen Church) 1879 (1897) 1 Cathays (part) 18,002
Cathays[9] St Michael & All Angels, Cathays 1893 (1995) 1 Cathays (part)
Gabalfa[10] St Mark, Gabalfa c. 1870 (1968) 1 Gabalfa, Heath, Tremorfa 23,057
Tremorfa Conventional District[11] St Philip's Community Church, Tremorfa 1930 (1966)
Grangetown l/w Cardiff St Dyfrig & St Samson[12] SS Dyfrig & Samson, Grangetown 1907 - Grangetown 19,385
St Paul, Grangetown 1879 (1890)
Lisvane[13] St Denys, Lisvane Medieval 1 Lisvane 3,707
Llanishen[14] St Faith, Llanishen 1960s 1 Llanishen, Thornhill 17,147
St Isan, Llanishen Medieval
Roath [15] St Edward, Roath 1915 (1919) 1 Penylan (part) 12,657
St Margaret, Roath Medieval (1870)
Roath (St Martin)[16] St Martin, Roath 1886 (1901) 1 Roath (part) 18,166
Urban Crofters Conventional District[17] St Anne, Roath (Urban Crofters) 1872 (1886) 1 Roath (part)

Closed churches in the areaEdit

Church Founded (building) Closed
Old St Mary's, Cardiff Medieval 1701
St Dyfrig, Cardiff[18] 1872 (1893) 1969
St James the Great, Cardiff pre-1890 (1894) 2006
St Stephen, Cardiff pre-1900 (1902) 1992
All Saints, Adamsdown[19] 1856 (1893) 1965
St Alban, Blackweir[20]
St Barnabas, Saltmead[21] 1896 post-1960

Deanery of Llandaff[22]Edit

Parishes Church Founded (building) Clergy Communities served Population served
Caerau & Ely[23] St David, Cowbridge Road West 1871 1 Caerau 11,318
St Timothy, Caerau 1957
Fairwater[24] St Peter, Fairwater 1937 1 Fairwater 12,981
Glan Ely[25] Resurrection, Glan Ely c. 1910 (1933) 2 Ely 14,603
Llandaff (Cathedral and Parish)[26][27] Cathedral of SS Peter & Paul with SS Dyfrig, Teilo & Euddogey, Llandaff Medieval 3 Llandaff 8,997
Pentyrch & Capel Llanilltern[28] St Cadoc, Pentyrch Medieval (1857) 1 Pentyrch, Pont-y-clun (Groesfaen area) 6,101
St David, Groesfaen 1892
St Ellteyrn, Capel Llanilltern Medieval (1862)
St Fagans and Michaelston-Super-Ely[29] St Mary, St Fagans Medieval 1 St Fagans 2,535
Radyr[30] Christ Church, Radyr 1903 2 Radyr and Morganstown 6,417
St John the Baptist, Danescourt Medieval
Tongwynlais[31] St James, Taffs Well c. 1897 1 Taffs Well, Tongwynlais 5,622
St Michael & All Angels, Tongwynlais 1850 (1877)
Canton Rectorial Benefice[32] St Catherine, Canton 1885 3 Canton, Pontcanna, Riverside 28,075
St John the Evangelist, Canton 1855
St Luke, Canton 1909
Whitchurch Rectorial Benefice[33] All Saints, Llandaff North 1873 (1955) 3 Llandaff North, Rhiwbina, Whitchurch 33,901
All Saints, Rhiwbina 1931
St Mary, Whitchurch Medieval (1884)
St Thomas, Whitchurch 1911 (1913)

Closed churches in the areaEdit

Church Location Founded (building) Closed
St Mary the Virgin, Caerau Medieval 1973
St Mary, Nantgarw 1960s
St Michael, Michaelston-super-Ely[34] Michaelston-super-Ely Medieval 2010

Deanery of Merthyr Tydfil and Caerphilly[35]Edit

Parishes Church Founded (building) Clergy Communities served Population served
Bargoed, Deri & Brithdir[36] St Peter, Deri c. 1890 1 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[37] St Aidan, Rhymney Bridge C19th
St Tyfaelog, Pontlottyn 1863
SS Mary & Andrew, Fochriw 1864
Dowlais & Penydarren[38] Christ Church, Pant 1870s 1 Dowlais, Pant, Penydarren 12,345
All Saints, Dowlais
Eglwysilan & Caerphilly Rectorial Benefice[39] St Ilan, Eglwysilan Medieval 3 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)
Gelligaer[40] St Catwg, Gelligaer Medieval 1 Bargoed (Gilfach ED), Gelligaer (St Cattwg ED) 9,879
St Margaret, Gilfach 1895 (1933)
Merthyr Tydfil (Christ Church)[41] Christ Church, Georgetown 1857 2 Cyfarthfa, Gurnos, Park, Town, Troed-y-rhiw (Abercanaid area) 26,646
Merthyr Tydfil St David & Abercanaid[42] 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[43] St Mabon, Llanfabon Medieval (1847) 1 Bedlinog, Nelson, Treharris 14,280
St John the Baptist, Nelson 1887
St Matthias, Treharris 1896
Troedyrhiw l/w Merthyr Vale[44] St John the Baptist, Troedyrhiw 1851 1 Merthyr Vale, Troed-y-rhiw (Troedyrhiw area) 6,627
St Mary & Holy Innocents, Merthyr Vale 1926 (1974)
Ystrad Mynach & Llanbradach[45] Holy Trinity, Ystrad Mynach 1855 1 Gelligaer (Ystrad Mynach & Hengoed EDs), Llanbradach and Pwllypant 14,974

Closed churches in the areaEdit

Church Location Founded (building) Closed
St Luke, Gellideg Merthyr Tydfil c. 2019
SS Peter & Cenydd, Senghenydd[46] Senghenydd 2017
All Saints, Llanbradach[47] Llanbradach 1896 c. 1994
Llanbradach Chapel[48] Llanbradach C20th
Trinity Church, Pengam[49] Pengam pre-1877
St Anne, Cefn Hengoed Cefn Hengoed 1931 (1939) early 2010s
St Mary, Fochriw[50] Fochriw 1907 1981
St Cadoc, Bedlinog[51] Bedlinog 1873 (1912)
St John the Baptist, Dowlais[52] Dowlais 1827 1997
St John, Penydarren[53] Penydarren 1858 pre-2009
St Cynon, Treharris[54] Treharris
St James the Great, Pentre-bach[55] Pentre-bach late C19th 1979
St Mary, Trelewis[56] Trelewis 1886 pre-2004

Deanery of Penarth and Barry[57]Edit

Benefice Church Founded (building) Clergy Communities served Population served
Barry Rectorial Benefice[58] SS Dyfan & Teilo, Merthyr Dyfan Medieval 2 Barry 51,502
St Cadoc, Cadoxton Ancient (Medieval)
St Mary, Barry Dock 1905
All Saints, Barry 1908
Penarth All Saints[59] All Saints, Penarth 1891 (1954) 2 Penarth (Plymouth & Stanwell EDs) 10,252
St Peter, Old Cogan Medieval
Penarth & Llandough[60] Holy Nativity, Penarth 1894 (1952) 1 Llandough, Penarth (Cornerswell & St Augustine's EDs) 13,808
St Augustine, Penarth Medieval (1866)
St Dochdwy, Llandough Medieval (1866)
Penmark l/w Llancarfan l/w Llantrithyd[61] St Mary, Penmark Medieval - Llancarfan, Rhoose (Penmark area) 736
St Cadoc, Llancarfan Medieval
St Illtyd, Llantrithyd Medieval
Porthkerry & Rhoose[62] St Peter, Rhoose 1912 (1993) 1 Rhoose (most) 6,171
St Curig, Porthkerry Medieval
St Andrews Major l/w Michaelston-Le-Pit[63] St Michael & All Angels, Michaelston-le-Pit Medieval 2 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[64] St John the Baptist, Sully Medieval
Wenvoe l/w St Lythans[65] St Bleddian, St Lythans Medieval
St Mary, Wenvoe Medieval

Closed churches in the areaEdit

Church Location Founded (building) Closed
St Nicholas, Barry[66] Medieval (1876) 1950s
St Paul the Apostle, Barry[67] 1893 2017
St Baruc, Barry Island[67] 1897 2019
St Luke, Penarth[68] Penarth 1960 2006

Deanery of Pontypridd[69]Edit

Benefice Church Founded (building) Clergy Communities served Population served
Llantrisant Rectorial Benefice[70] St David, Miskin 1878 (1907) 2 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[71] St John the Evangelist, Graig pre-1901 2 Pontypridd, Ynysybwl and Coed-y-cwm 37,358
St Luke, Rhydyfelin
St Mary, Glyntaff 1839
St Catherine, Pontypridd 1870
Christ Church, Ynysybwl 1887
St Gwynno, Llanwonno Medieval
St Luke, Cilfynydd 1893
St David, Hopkinstown late C19th (1896)

Closed churches in the areaEdit

Church Location Founded (building) Closed
St Andrew, Llantwit Fardre[72] Llantwit Fardre 1980s
St Mark, Pwll Gwaun[73] Pwll Gwaun 1892 2011
St Matthew, Pontypridd[74] Pontypridd 1907 c. 2010

Deanery of Bridgend[75]Edit

Benefice Church Founded (building) Clergy Communities served Population served
Coity & Nolton l/w Coychurch[76] St Mary, Coity Medieval 3 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[77] St Cynfelin, Caerau 1910 1 Glyncorrwg, Maesteg (Caerau ED) 6,995
St John the Baptist, Glyncorrwg pre-C18th (1905)
Laleston & Merthyr Mawr l/w Penyfai[78] All Saints, Penyfai 1903 1 Laleston, Merthyr Mawr, Newcastle Higher 16,899
St Teilo, Merthyr Mawr Medieval (1852)
St David, Laleston Medieval
Llandyfodwg & Cwm Ogwr[79] St Tyfodwg, Llandyfodwg Medieval (1870s) 1 Ogmore Valley 7,954
St David, Ogmore Vale 1879
Llangeinor & the Garw Valley[80] St David, Pontycymmer 1911 1 Garw Valley (Llangeinor & Pontycymmer EDs) 3,742
St Ceinwyr, Llangeinor Medieval
Llangynwyd & Maesteg[81] St Cynwyd, Llangynwyd Medieval 2 Bryn, Llangynwyd Middle, Maesteg (Maesteg West ED) 8,808
St David, Maesteg 1853
St Michael & All Angels, Maesteg 1898
Llanilid l/w Pencoed[82] SS Ilid & Curig, Llanilid Medieval 1 Coychurch Higher, Llanharan (Llanilid area), Pencoed 10,054
St David, Pencoed c. 1877 (1915)
St Paul, Heol-y-Cyw 1889
Llansantffraid, Bettws & Aberkenfig[83] St Bride, Aberkenfig 1 Garw Valley (Bettws ED), Llangynwyd Lower, St Bride's Minor, Ynysawdre 12,074
St John the Divine, Aberkenfig 1868
St David, Bettws Medieval
Newcastle[84] St Illtyd, Newcastle Medieval 1 Bridgend (Newcastle & Morfa EDs) 10,113
Troedrhiwgarth[85] St Mary the Virgin, Maesteg 1891 1 Maesteg (Maesteg East ED) 4,773

Closed churches in the areaEdit

Church Location Founded (building) Closed
St James, Blaengarw[86] Blaengarw 1890 2004
St Tydfil, Bryn[87] Bryn c. 1890 (1902) 2018
St Theodore, Bryncethin[88] Bryncethin 1896 1992
St Thomas the Apostle, Coytrahen[89] Tondu pre-1899 (1934) post-1970s
St Peter, Nant-y-moel[90] Nant-y-moel 1889 1960
St Paul, Nant-y-moel[91] Nant-y-moel 1909 1992
St John the Baptist, Ogmore Vale[92] Ogmore Vale 1900 (1914) 2004
St Mary, Pont-y-rhyl[93] Pontycymer 1892 1986
St Theodore, Pontycymer[94] Pontycymer pre-1895
St Tudwg, Tythegston[95] Tythegston Medieval (1876) late C20th

Deanery of Cynon Valley[96]Edit

Benefice Church Founded (building) Clergy Communities served Population served
Aberaman & Cwmaman[97] St Joseph, Cwmaman 1890 1 Aberaman North, Aberaman South 9,865
St Margaret, Aberaman 1883
Abercynon[98] St Donat, Carnetown 1898 1 Abercynon (part) 3,195
St Gwynno, Abercynon
Penrhiwceiber, Matthewstown & Ynysboeth[99] All Saints, Matthewstown (no building) 1903 1 Abercynon (part), Penrhiwceiber 8,984
St Winifred, Penrhiwceiber 1883
Aberdare (St Fagan)[100] St Fagan, Trecynon 1853 (c. 1858) 1 Aberdare West, Llwydcoed 9,247
St James, Llwydcoed 1895
St Luke, Cwmdare 1887
Aberdare[101] St Elvan, Aberdare 1852 1 Aberdare East 6,561
St John the Baptist, Aberdare Medieval
St Matthew, Abernant c. 1880 (1889)
Cwmbach[102] St Mary Magdalene, Cwmbach 1882 - Cwmbach 4,401
Hirwaun[103] St Lleurwg, Hirwaun 1858 1 Hirwaun, Pen-y-waun, Rhigos 8,947
St Winifred, Penywaun 1958
Mountain Ash & Miskin[104] St Margaret, Mountain Ash 1862 1 Mountain Ash East, Mountain Ash West 7,374

Closed churches in the areaEdit

Church Location Founded (building) Closed
St Peter, Abercwmboi[105] Abercwmboi 1918
St John the Evangelist, Robertstown[106] Robertstown 1890
St David, Mountain Ash[107] Mountain Ash 1886 post-1950
St Teilo, Mountain Ash[108] Mountain Ash 1890 post-1950
St John the Baptist, Miskin[109] Mountain Ash 1909 2007
St Illtyd, Cefn Pennar Cefn Pennar 1894

Deanery of Margam[110]Edit

Benefice Church Founded (building) Clergy Communities served Population served
Baglan[111] St Catharine, Baglan 1875 2 Baglan, Baglan Bay, Cwmavon 12,434
St Baglan, Baglan early C20th (1959)
Cwmafan[112] St Michael, Cwmavon Medieval (C17th)
Kenfig Hill[113] St Theodore, Kenfig Hill 1891 1 Pyle (part), Cefn Cribwr 5,183
Rectorial Benefice of Aberavon[114] Holy Trinity, Aberavon 1953 (2018) 2 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[115] St David, Margam C19th? (1959) 1 Margam, Margam Moors 3,017
St Mary, Margam Abbey Medieval
Newton Nottage, Porthcawl[116] St John the Baptist, Porthcawl Medieval 2 Porthcawl 16,005
St David, Nottage 1948 (1992)
All Saints, Porthcawl 1866 (1914)
St Mary, Trecco Bay 1953 (1964)
Pyle and Kenfig[117] St James, Pyle Medieval 1 Pyle (part), Cornelly 10,762
St Mary Magdalene, Maudlam Medieval

Closed churches in the areaEdit

Church Location Founded (building) Closed
St Gabriel, Abergwynfi[118] Abergwynfi 1894
Old St Baglan's, Baglan Baglan Medieval 1954
St Peter, Nantyffyllon[119] Caerau
St Colman, Cefn Cribwr[120] Cefn Cribwr 1924 2012
All Saints, Cwmafan[121] Cwmafan 1855 1980
St John the Evangelist, Cymer[122] Cymer
St Peter, Goytre[123] Goytre 1915 2019
Old St David's, Nottage Nottage Medieval C17th
St John, Pontrhydyfen[124] Pontrhydyfen
Holy Cross, Port Talbot[125] Port Talbot 1827 2008
St Paul, Port Talbot[126] Port Talbot 1910

Deanery of Neath[127]Edit

Benefice Church Founded (building) Clergy Communities served Population served
Cadoxton-Juxta-Neath & Tonna[128] St Catwg, Cadoxton-juxta-Neath Medieval 1 Blaenhonddan, Clyne and Melincourt, Tonna 15,469
St Anne, Tonna 1892
Cilybebyll[129] St John the Evangelist, Cilybebyll Medieval 1 Cilybebyll 4,806
St John the Baptist, Alltwen 1888
Dulais Valley[130] St David, Dyffryn Cellwen 1925 2 Blaengwrach, Crynant, Glynneath, Onllwyn, Resolven, Seven Sisters 12,962
St Mary, Seven Sisters pre-1894 (1911)
St Margaret, Crynant Medieval (1910)
Vale of Neath[131] St Cadoc, Aberpergwm Medieval (1809)
St Mary, Blaengwrach c. 1608
St David, Resolven 1850
Dyffryn[132] St Matthew, Dyffryn 1871 1 Dyffryn Clydach 3,162
Neath Rectorial Benefice[133] St David, Neath 1866 3 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[134] St Mary, Briton Ferry Medieval (1892) 1 Briton Ferry 5,911
Skewen[135] St John the Baptist, Neath Abbey 1850 1 Coedffranc, Dyffryn Clydach (part) 9,053
St Mary, Skewen 1905 (2012)

Closed churches in the areaEdit

Church Location Founded (building) Closed
St Clement, Briton Ferry[136] Briton Ferry 1866 2007
St John the Baptist, Briton Ferry[137] Briton Ferry 1878 2013
St Thomas, Briton Ferry[138] Briton Ferry 1881
All Saints, Skewen[139] Skewen 1905 2006
St Catherine, Neath Neath 1891 2020

Deanery of Rhondda[140]Edit

Benefice Church Founded (building) Clergy Communities served Population served
Dinas & Penygraig[141] St Barnabas, Penygraig 1897 (1915) 2 Cwm Clydach, Cymmer, Pen-y-graig, Porth, Tonypandy, Trehafod, Ynyshir 26,898
Porth Newydd[142] St John the Evangelist, Cymmer 1889
Tonypandy l/w Clydach Vale l/w Williamstown[143] St Thomas, Clydach Vale 1896
St Andrew, Tonypandy 1877
St Illtud, Williamstown 1884 (1891)
Pen Rhondda Fawr[144] St George, Cwmparc 1896 1 Treorchy, Treherbert 13,421
St Matthew, Treorchy 1871
Pont Rhondda[145] All Saints, Trealaw 1 Llwyn-y-pia, Trealaw, Ystrad 12,141
St Cynon, Llwynypia
St Stephen, Ystrad Rhondda 1896
Rhondda Fach Uchaf[146] St Dunstan, Ferndale 1906 1 Ferndale, Maerdy, Tylorstown 11,884
Holy Trinity, Tylorstown 1883
Interdenominational Church Building, Penrhys
Tonyrefail l/w Gilfach Goch[147] St David, Tonyrefail 1903 1 Gilfach Goch, Tonyrefail 15,737
St Alban, Tonyrefail 1930 (1981)
St Barnabas, Gilfach Goch 1899
Ystradyfodwg[148] St Peter, Pentre 1889 1 Pentre 5,232
St John the Baptist, Ystradfodwg Medieval (1987)

Closed churches in the areaEdit

Church Location Founded (building) Closed
Dinas Mission, Dinas[149] Dinas 1897 2018
St Anne, Ynyshir[150] Ynyshir 1886 c. 2018
St Dyfan, Clydach[151] Clydach Vale 1965
Christ Church, Ferndale[152] Ferndale 1876 (1886)
St Luke, Maerdy[153] Maerdy
All Saints, Maerdy[154] Maerdy 1885 2011
St David, Ton Pentre Gelli 1881 1980s
St Mark, Gelli[155] Gelli 1896 (c. 1910) 1987
St Paul, Porth[156] Porth 1890 2014
St Luke, Llwyncelyn[157] Llwyncelyn pre-2017
St David, Tonypandy[158] Tonypandy
St George, Tonyrefail[159] Tonyrefail
St Barnabas, Trehafod[160] Trehafod
St Alban, Treherbert[161] Treherbert 1891
St Mary, Treherbert[162] Treherbert 1866 1970s
All Saints, Treherbert[163] Treherbert 1894
St Tyfodwg, Treorchy[164] Treorchy 1895
St David, Tylorstown[165] Tylorstown 1906 late C20th
St Mary Magdalene, Pontygwaith[166] Pontygwaith 1896 1997
St Thomas, Wattstown[167] Wattstown 1896

Deanery of Vale of Glamorgan[168]Edit

Benefice Church Founded (building) Clergy Communities served Population served
Colwinston, Llandow & Llysworney[169] St Tydfil, Llysworney Medieval (1894) 1 Colwinston, Llandow (most) 1,173
Holy Trinity, Llandow Medieval
St Michael & All Angels, Colwinston Medieval
Cowbridge Rectorial Benefice[170] St Canna, Llangan Medieval? (C19th) 3 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[171] St James, Wick Medieval 4 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[172] St Cadoc, Pendoylan Medieval 2 Pendoylan, Peterston-super-Ely, St Georges-super-Ely, St Nicholas and Bonvilston, Welsh St Donats 3,094
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

Closed churches in the areaEdit

Church Location Founded (building) Closed
St George, St George-super-Ely[173] St George-super-Ely Medieval c. 2019
St Brewis, Eglwysbrewis[174] Eglwys Brewis Medieval early C21st

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Coordinates: 51°29′45″N 3°13′05″W / 51.4958°N 3.2181°W / 51.4958; -3.2181