About Us

Pentyrch and District Local History Society was formed by a dozen or so interested persons in March 1993 to record for posterity what is known about local life in past times.  One of our first acts was to produce a book entitled Archive Photographs of Pentyrch, Creigiau and Gwaelodygarth, published by the Chalford Press.  This, in turn, helped to advertise the existence of our society and it began to grow quickly.  We soon had a local membership list that would vary between 70 and 100 and also interest was shown by numerous former residents who now lived in other parts of the world.  Our first meetings were held at the vestry of Horeb Chapel but for years we have gathered at the Pentyrch Village Hall. We meet eight times a year (but not in December, January, July and August).  Over the years we have had hundreds of  different speakers at our meetings which have been attended by an average  of over 40 members.  From time to time we have had trips to places of historical interest –among them:  Cosmeston Medieval Village, Llancaiach House, Rhondda Heritage Centre, Tredegar House, the Stacks Library, Llantrisant Church,  Fonmon Castle and Castell Cyfarthfa.  Some ‘history walks’ have also been held in the locality.

We also hold census records for the parish from 1841 to 1911 and parish records for St Catwg’s Church back to 1695.  We are happy to respond to requests for reasonable levels of family history research in these records.

Vicar's Daughter's wedding 1890

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  1. T. Alwyn Keepence says:

    I have thoroughly enjoyed reading all Garth Domain detail summaries and have filed information for my family tree of Edward Rees of Llywn Yr Eos and Ann (Edmund) Rees whose father was of Llwynybrain and Ton Mawr . I am loving the research of Pentyrch ancestory and am surprised and emotionally affected by what I learn. How do I access full information of the summaries ? Are they published books, papers, electric documents ? I was born in Cardiff. Now I live in Queensland Australia. My parents and grandparents (Cranogwen (Rees) of The Bryn Villa Pentyrch and David Jenkins of Gringalt Farm Llantrissant immigrated to Brisbane in Queensland . My grandparents lived in Caerwigau Uchaf . I am amazed at how my ancestors did not leave Pentyrch and outskirts and have lived so closely to one another and how they supported eachother. My parents and particularly my grandparents made a very tough decision to leave Wales. My mother never forgot her home and was comforted in her last days by talking about “Home” and her happy life with her parents. Wales was always “Home”. I have access to Llantrissant Historic Drop Box thanks to J Barry Davies. Do you have a similar set up? Hope you have time to respond in small way. With thanks Helen Keepence

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    • ewallek says:

      Hello Helen,
      The summaries are of the Garth Domains which are A4 leaflets with about 36-40 pages. There are 60 of them, but unfortunately they are not in an electronic format. The photo book is a published book. The Garth domains are £2.00 each plus pp and the book is £5.00. We do not have a drop box.
      Regards
      Liz Wallek
      pentyrchistory@uk2.net

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