St Mary Hill

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St Mary Hill
St Mary's Church, St Mary's Hill.JPG
St Mary's Church
Grid reference: SS958787
Location: 51°29’52"N, 3°30’4"W
Post town: Bridgend
Postcode: CF35
Dialling code: 01446
Local Government
Council: Vale of Glamorgan
Vale of Glamorgan

St Mary Hill is an ancient parish in Glamorgan, located four miles north-west of the market town of Cowbridge, adjacent to junction 35 of the M4 motorway.


In the Middle Ages St Mary Hill was located partly within two manors, Gelligarn and Ruthin. Gelligarn, known historically as Kilticar, belonged to the De Alweias (De Haweys) during the 12th century.[1] The De Alweias held the manor under the Le Sores of St Fagans, before it switched ownership to Neath Abbey during the reign of Henry II.[2] The lordship of Ruthin, of which Gelligarn once formed part, contained the mediæval parish church, with the addition of "Hill" to distinguish it from a second St Mary Church to the south of Cowbridge.[2]


  1. Williams (1973), p.120
  2. 2.0 2.1 Williams (1973), p.121


  • Price, Aeron (1973). "Llanagn, St Mary Hill and Llansannor". in Stewart Williams. Glamorgan Historian. III, The Garden of Wales (2nd ed.). Cowbridge: D Brown and sons. 
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