St Michael & All Angels Church, Tongwynlais

Wedding couple


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Soup bowl

Lent Lunches

Why not come along and enjoy a bowl of homemade soup, bread and cheese, tea or coffee for only £5.

Lent Lunches ill run will run on Fridays 16 February, 1, 8 and 15 March, at 12.15pm in the New School Rooms, Radyr. (The lunch on 23 February will NOT now take place).

The money raised will be donated to Christian Aid.

Baptism at the font


The baptism of a child, sometimes called a Christening, recognises that every child is a previous gift, made in God’s image and likeness.

We would love to help organise a baptism with you, which is open to anyone at any stage in life.

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St Michael and All Angels Church in Tongwynlais originally belonged to the parish of Whitchurch, Cardiff. In 1850, the squire of Greenmeadow named Henry Lewis had his coach house converted to a church and school, removing the need to journey to Whitchurch. In 1875, Henry Lewis donated a site for a purpose-built church, together with £100 towards its building, and the church’s founding stone was laid. Contributions were also received from the Llandaff Church Extension Society and the Melingriffith Tin Plate Works (the largest tin plate works in the world by the end of the 18th century).


John Pritchard, a Welsh architect in the neo-Gothic style (who’d established a practice at Llandaff, Cardiff becoming the ‘Resident Diocesan Architect’ in December 1844) was engaged in the church’s build.

St Michael and All Angels Church is constructed in red and grey sandstone and was opened in 1877. It would function as a chapel of ease to St Mary’s Church, Whitchurch for the next 44 years. 

Its rood screen (an ornate partition between the Chancel and the Nave) was donated by Herbert Cory who became the Sheriff of Glamorgan in 1913 and was created a baronet in 1919. The rood screen was in thanksgiving for the safe return of the villagers who fought in the First World War.

After the formation of the Church in Wales in 1920, changes were carried out to the parish structures in the area. In 1921, St Michael’s was partitioned from the Parish of Whitchurch, and was placed in a new Parish of Tongwynlais. The new parish was initially in the Deanery of Caerphilly but has since been transferred to the Deanery of Llandaff.

St Michael’s saw its grounds reduced in width in 1950 owing to a road-widening scheme. In 1954, St Michael’s was joined in its parish by St James’ Church in Taff’s Well and St Mary’s Church in Nantgarw, which had both been separated from the Parish of Eglwysilian, though St Mary’s in Nantgarw closed in 1983.  St Michael’s gained listed status in 1977. St Michael’s has never had a graveyard, but has a burial plot for cremated remains which was consecrated during the tenure of Rev’d Peter Lewis in the 1970s.



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