Gelli Gaer  Glamorgan


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Gelli Gaer like this:

GELLIGAER, a village, a parish, and a sub-district, in Merthyr-Tydvil district, Glamorgan. The village stands on an eminence, on the E border of the county, between the rivers Rumney and Clydach, 2 miles NW of Hengoed r. station, and 14 N by W of Cardiff; and has a post office under Newport, Monmouth. ...

A Roman camp was here, and gave occasion for the suffix "gaer;" and a Roman road went hence, and has left some traces. Several monumental stones also are in the neighbourhood. The parish includes the hamlets of Hengoed, Cefn, Garthgynyd, Ysgwyddgwyn, and Brithdir. Acres, 16, 573. Real property, £54, 267; of which£26, 144 are in mines, £8, 844 in iron-works, and £400 in railways. Pop. in 1851, 3, 807; in 1861, 5, 778. Houses, 1, 037. The increase of pop. occurred chiefly in Brithdir and Ysgwyddgwyn hamlets, and arose from the opening of new collieries. Several old houses are in the parish; and one of these, now a farm-house, near Llancaiach, is said to have given a night's lodging to Charles II. A battle was fought here between the Welsh and the Normans in 1094. The living is a rectory, with Brithdir and St. Tyfaelog chapelries, in the diocese of Llandaff. Value, £567.* Patron, the Marquis of Bute. The parish church, dedicated to St. Cadocus, stands on high ground; has a white tower; and is visible at a great distance, over hill and vale. A new church, dedicated to St. Tyfaelog, was built in 1864, at a cost of £2, 252; is in the early English style; and contains 349 sittings. The church of Brithdir was built in 1715. The sub-district includes also two other parishes. Acres, 34, 955. Pop., 16, 840. Houses, 3, 065.

Gelli Gaer through time

Gelli Gaer is now part of Caerphilly district. Click here for graphs and data of how Caerphilly has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Gelli Gaer itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Gelli Gaer, in Caerphilly and Glamorgan | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 19th September 2020

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