Porth Ecclesiastical Parish Records

Scope and Content

Marriage registers, St Paul

Administrative / Biographical History

Before 1894 the larger part of the area now known as Porth fell into two parishes. The parish of Llantrisant took in the village of Cymmer and the area on the southern side; the parish of Llanwonno took in the northern side and a small area which fell between the two rivers to the point where they joined together, was in the parish of Ystradyfodwg.

In the mid 19th century, the coal industry was starting to develop and, as the population grew, a need for an Anglican church in the area became evident. In 1857, a National School was opened in Cymmer for the express purpose of teaching the doctrines of the Church of England and the curate of Llantrisant held an Anglican service there once a month. Then in 1887, a church dedicated to St. Paul was built in the Birchgrove area of Porth by EM Bruce Vaughan and, in 1889, the church of St. John the Evangelist was built in Cymmer. Each church was still in their respective parishes of Llanwonno and Llantrisant. However, in 1894, the parish of Cymmer and Porth was established taking in parts of the three original parishes with St. John as the parish church

In 1902, the church of St. Iago was built in Cymmer specifically for services in the Welsh language. In 1907, St. Luke’s iron mission church was built to serve the growing population of the Llwyncelyn area. This was replaced by a permanent building in 1930, built mainly by voluntary labour.

After many years of effort by the officers and members of St. Paul’s church, the parish boundary was reorganised and the parish of St. Paul’s, Porth was created in March 1920.

The two parishes existed side by side until 2007 when they were brought together to become the Benefice of Porth Newydd. Seven years later both St. Luke’s and St. Paul’s churches were closed (St. Iago having closed in 1958). The Parish of Porth Newydd was formed in March 2014 with Rev. Jeff Thomas as priest in charge and with St. John’s church the only church in the parish.


Chronological within record series.

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions

Acquisition Information

Transferred from the General Registrar to the Superintendent Registrar for Rhondda Cynon Taf following closure of church, 2014, then transferred to Glamorgan Archives.

Other Finding Aids

A detailed catalogue is available online.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Fair condition

Archivist's Note

Compiled by H Thomas for Glamorgan Archives, with reference to the Church in Wales website (http://parish.churchinwales.org.uk/l360/history/) viewed 8 January 2018

Conditions Governing Use

Normal Glamorgan Archives conditions apply.

Appraisal Information

All records which meet the collection policy of Glamorgan Archives have been retained.

Custodial History

The records remained in the custody of the depositor until transferred to Glamorgan Archives.


Accruals are not expected

Related Material

Porth Newydd Ecclesiastical Parish Records (P256CW) held at Glamorgan Archives