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England & Wales Hardwicke Marriage Index
Marriages 1754 - 1837
Michaelston Super Ely St Michael


The Parish

The parish of Michaelston Super Ely lies in southeastern Glamorgan about 5 miles west of the city of Cardiff. Once a distinct & separate small village Michaelston Super Ely is now almost absorbed by the nearby city as it spreads westwards, suburbs lie close by the village centre. Michaelston Super Ely sits, in lanes, about a mile north of the route of the A48 road which connects Cardiff with Swansea, Cardiff's western by-pass, the A4232, sweeps close to the west of the former village whilst the main rail line to the west passes close to the north. At the time of this transcript Michaelston Super Ely was little more than a farming hamlet earning its living from pastoral farming. The parish sits on the southern banks of the Afon Elai which drains eastwards to reach the Bristol Channel through the much-developed Cardiff Bay. Michaelston Super Ely is sited at around 30 metres above the sea, by the church, rising to almost 50 metres at the main crossroads; as part of the coastal plain land is gently undulating with local heights reaching little more altitude. Michaelston Super Ely parish was tiny by Glamorgan standards, it covered barely 300 acres and would have held a population of around 50 parishioners. In common with most of Wales there is no specific mention of Michaelston Super Ely in Domesday Book which did not cover this area.

The Church

St Michael's church sits at the western end of the dead-end lane, Persondy Lane; with a couple of large houses for company there is parking before the church gates. Before Pevsner is drawn on dating the building he laments the extensive restoration of the 1860s. Whilst he acknowledges that it "makes the building more visually attractive" it hampers all dating evidence. Despite these difficulties he points our Norman features in the form of herringbone masonry in the northern wall of the nave and 14th century Early English Gothic style southern doorway and lancet windows, also in the nave. The chancel is largely 19th century but retains traces of its 12th century chancel arch. Persondy Lane ends at a turning bay with church parking, the site is guarded by a wall of dense trees through which a tarred path rises to metal gates. Despite trees hemming in on all quarters there are sufficient views to adequately photograph the church.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 12th June 1754 - 11th May 1811 Glamorgan Archives - Cardiff - Reference - P44CW/2/1
Standard preprinted and self-numbered combined Banns & Marriage register with 4 entries per page Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None
2 7th May 1815 - 8th December 1835 Glamorgan Archives - Cardiff - Reference - P44CW/2/1
Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None

St Fagans St Mary
St Fagans St Mary
St Fagans St Mary
St Georges Super Ely St George
Caerau St Mary
St Georges Super Ely St George
Wenvoe St Mary
Caerau St Mary

Register Reference Date Groom Forename Groom Surname Groom Status Groom Abode Bride Forename Bride Surname Bride Status Bride Abode
1 12/06/1754 Richard WILLIAM   St Brides Super Ely Margaret EVAN    
2 19/08/1767 William MORGAN     Mary WILLIAM Single Llandaff
3 08/08/1769 William LEWIS   Llandaff Christian JOHN Single  
4 20/10/1773 John THOMAS   Roath Mary WILLIAM    
5 18/05/1781 Thomas DAVID   St Nicholas Catherine WADE Single  
11/02/1786 William DAVID     Margaret LEWIS Single  
30/04/1787 William DAVID     Mary JOHN    
09/06/1792 William WILLIAM Single Penmark Mary WILLIAMS Single  
18/05/1799 Lewis EDWARD     Sarah THOMAS    
25/05/1799 John SIMON   St Fagans Margaret LEWELYN    
30/04/1803 John SAMUEL Single   Mary JENKINS Single  
15/02/1806 William EVANS   Llandaff Elizabeth LEWIS    
06/05/1809 John DAVID     Elizabeth DAVID Single  
11/05/1811 David GWYN   Llandough Juxta Cowbridge Mary EVAN    
7 07/05/1815 David GRIFFITH     Ann BENJAMIN Single  
4 30/12/1815 Thomas WILLIAM Widower Caerau Mary MILES Single  
8 13/01/1818 David RODERICK   St Fagans Mary JENKIN Single  
5 10/11/1823 Evan FRANK Single St Fagans Mary LEWIS Single  
6 23/04/1825 Thomas DAVID Single St Fagans Mary PHILIPS Single  
9 16/05/1829 Evan DAVID Single Radyr Gwenllian JOHN Single  
10 12/05/1834 Richard MEYRICK Single St Fagans Anne THOMAS Single  
11 24/05/1834 Jenkin JOHN Single Peterston Super Ely Mary DAVID Single  
12 26/05/1835 Griffith PRICE   Llancarfan Catherine GRIFFITHS    
13 08/12/1835 John RICHARDS Single   Ann MILES Single Wenvoe

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