Photo of St David, Colva The east end by Philip Pankhurst, some rights reserved.

Colva is a parish in the county of Radnorshire, South Wales.

Alternative names: Colfa

Colva is a scattered parish, on a mountain ridge, 1.285 feet above the level of the sea. in the county of Radnor.

Parish church: St. David

Parish registers begin: 1663

The children of this parish attend the school at Newchurch.

Parishes adjacent to Colva

  • Bryngwyn
  • Michaelchurch On Arrow
  • Newchurch
  • Gladestry
  • Llanfihangel-nant-Melan
  • Glascwm

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

COLVA, a parochial chapelry in Presteigne district, Radnor; on the river Edwy, near the Central Wales railway, 5½ miles SW of New Radnor. Post town, New Radnor. Acres, 2, 293. Real property, £1, 709. Pop., 185. Houses, 31. The property is subdivided. The living is a p. curacy, annexed to the vicarage of Glascombe, in the diocese of St. Davids. The church is tolerable.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Colva, 7 m. W. Knighton. P. 221.

Source: Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850

Parish Records

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Powys Archives

The following records are available from Powys archives.

Parish Registers

Baptisms 1663-1794, burials 1663-1794, marriages 1663- 1753

Marriages 1813-1837 

Marriages 1838-1970 

Marriages 1756-1811 

Banns 1825-1844 

Baptisms 1813-1988 

Burials 1813-1991 


Church Records

Bishop’s transcripts, 1687-1850

Wales, Radnorshire, Colfa (Colva), parish registers, 1663-1991

Parish register printouts of Colva, Radnor, Wales ; christenings, 1813-1850


Monumental inscriptions, St. David’s parish church, Colva, Radnorshire


Census returns for Colva, 1841-1891


Kelly’s Directory of South Wales 1920


  • County: Radnorshire / Powys
  • Civil Registration District:
  • Diocese: St. David; Swansea and Brecon
  • Rural Deanery: Elwel
  • Poor Law Union: Kington
  • Hundred: Radnor
  • Province: Canterbury
  • Petty Sessional Division: New Radnor
  • Couty Court District: Kington

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