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"A large sea port in the south of the county. Its career has been one of extraordinary prosperity. Fifty years ago it did not exist; today it is one of the most promising ports in South Wales, and its docks are some of the finest in the Glamorgan. The town forms an amphitheatre round the docks, and comprises the districts of Cadoxton, Barry Dock, Barry, and Barry Island. The last, now an island only in name, is regarded as the local holiday quarter, and possesses a bathing place. On the summit of the cliff are the foundations of an ancient chapel, and on the mainland is the gateway of a medieval castle."    [Glamorganshire, 1911]


Here is a substantial reading list of books which relate to Glamorgan, either county or parish.

References to the town of Barry at

Business and Commerce Records

  • Barry & Cadoxton Gas Company
    1892-1948: minutes, accounts, reports
    [Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff]
  • Barry Cardiff Swansea Ship Repairers Ltd
    19th cent-20th cent: records
    [Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff]
  • Barry Dock Cottage Company, building society
    1896-1906: memorandum of association, register of directors, minute and agenda books, accounts, mortgage register
    [Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff - Reference: D/D Pl]
  • Barry Dock & Railway Company
    • 1883 - 20th cent: legal papers, maps and plans, papers relating to construction and management
      [National Library of Wales, Department of Manuscripts and Records - Reference: Llandinam]
    • 1884-85: contracts and specifications
      [National Library of Wales, Department of Manuscripts and Records - Reference: NLW MSS 9241-47]
  • Barry Garden Suburb Limited
    1914-74: ledgers, plans, papers, records
    [Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff]
  • Barry Island Cottage Company Limited
    1918-70: register of directors, in-letters etc
    [Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff]
  • Barry Island Investment Limited
    c1940-70: register of directors, tax papers, in-letters
    [Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff]
  • Barry Island Slate Company
    1857-59: correspondents
    [Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff]
  • Barry Railway Company
    1884-1922: minutes and reports, agreements and specifications, staff records, locomotive department registers, registers of accidents, letter books, register of contracts, maps, contracts and reports, property records etc
    [Public Record Office, Kew, London - Reference: RAIL 23, 1057]
  • Vale of Glamorgan Railway Company
    1889-1922: directors and shareholders minutes, engineers, reports, contracts, bank pass books, property, accident and miscellaneous records
    [Public Record Office, Kew, London - Reference: RAIL 702, 1057]
  • Chemist
    1890-1904: prescription register
    [Museum of Welsh Life, St Fagans, Cardiff CF5 6XB - Reference: 2914]

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

  • Norman D. Clark, estate agent, Barry, records    "General filing and related papers, 1936-1972; office accounts and business, 1948-1973; and clients' records, 1910-1972"

The Glamorgan Family History Society have produced a set of microfiche containing Monumental Inscriptions for the following burial grounds :-

  • Parish Church of St. Nicholas


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Barry area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church History

Chapels Database  - a  list of all known non-conformist chapels or other non-Anglican religions in the parish

Church Records

For full and up-to-date details of their holdings see the sites of Glamorgan Record Office and/or West Glamorgan Archives

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on  FreeReg for St Nicholas's Church

The church is dedicated to St. Nicholas, and is in the diocese of Llandaff. A transcription of the registers is available from the Glamorgan Family History Society for the years: Baptisms, 1724-1900, Marriages, 1724-1837, Burials, 1724-1900. Visit their website for information on how to purchase these fiche.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
1724-1921 1725-1808, 1816-1925 1724-1811, 1813-1958 - 1724-1745, 1747-1750, 1752-1770, 1772-1813, 1815-1837

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

  • Barry Ecclesiatical Parish records    "Barry Ecclesiatical Parish records including registers of baptisms, 1724-1921; marriages, 1724-1926; burials, 1813-1958; services, 1895-1915; miscellaneous records, 1724-1980; relating to the churches of St. Nicholas and All Saints"

Modern Parishes & Chapels of Ease :-


Non Conformist Registers deposited at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Chapel Baptisms Marriages Burials OS Map Ref
Holton Road, Baptist - 1918-1983 - ST 11926818
Holton Road, Wesleyan - 1899-1963 - ST 12066820

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Barry which are provided by:

Places, villages, farms etc within Barry parish  as shown on the online parish map from the CD of    Historic Parishes of England and Wales: an Electronic Map of Boundaries before 1850 with a Gazetteer and Metadata [computer file]. (Kain, R.J.P., Oliver, R.R.). (Extracted by Glenys Travis)

  • Barry [173] - Beggarswell, Bull Cliff, Cold Knap Point, Viaduct
  • Barry Island [173] -  Coastguard Sta, Friars Point, Lifeboat Sta, Little Island, Nell's Point, Whitmore Bay.

Description of parish from;

  • A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (1833) by Samuel Lewis.
  • A Topographical Dictionary of The Dominion of Wales by Nicholas Carlisle, London, 1811

Barry Signal Box

Barry - on Wikipedia

Barry Island - on Wikipedia

Barry Castle - on Castle Wales


Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

  • Howells family of Barry papers  1846-1989     "David Howells took possession of the tenancy of Cwm Barry Farm, Barry, Glamorgan, in c. 1890 .................."
  • Norman D. Clark, estate agent, Barry, personal and professional papers         "Papers and photographs relating to Lilian Maud Morgan and William George Ellery, 1892-1975; papers relating to the estate of Lilian M. Ellery, 1975-1977; papers and photographs relating to Margaret Mary Morgan, c1890s-1974; photograph relating to the Morgan family, c1900-c1960s; papers and photographs relating to Alfred George Morgan, 1890-1973; papers relating to Morgan Morgan, 1861-1906; miscellaneous papers relating to the Morgan family, c1900-1943; papers and photographs relating to Rev. A.F. McCarthy, 1913-1921; commonplace book of David Thomas, 1889; papers and photograph relating to Rev. A.A. Davies, 1912-1913; correspondence relating to T. Giraldus Johns, 1899-1940; correspondence relating to Mrs A. Johns, 1899-1905; letters relating to W.R. Johns, 1899-1905; correspondence to F.M. and K.A. Kitch, 1962-1967; miscellaneous loose papers, 1905-1969; miscellaneous printed papers, 1802-1979"

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Barry has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

Some of the hamlets, towns and villages within this parish

  • Cold Knapp
  • The Knap

Land and Property

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

  • Barry commercial property deeds     "Deeds relating to commercial property in Barry, 1871-1957; abstract of title of E.C. Romilly relating to lands in parishes of Barry, Porthkerry, Penmark and Llancarfan, 1815-1941"


This diagram shows the position of this parish within the county of Glamorgan - click on this to see a full size diagram of the county

Glamorgan Parish Map
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference ST114681 (Lat/Lon: 51.404932, -3.275193), Barry which are provided by:

Merchant Marine

Port of Barry

Ships in port at Barry in 1881 - on Bob Sanders' site

(Barry to Buenos Aires, 1913 site)     "On July 19th, 1913, Doris Kathleen Spicer and her sister Norah embarked on a return voyage from Barry, Wales, UK to Buenos Aires, Argentina. They sailed on the Steam Ship St. Oswald with their father, the ship's captain, Walter Blythe Spicer. This is the diary that Doris kept during the journey ...................."

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

  • Barry Pilotage Board records 1847-1974   "Barry Docks were constructed in 1884. The Pilotage Board for Barry was constituted in 1889......................."
  • Cardiff, Barry and Penarth Docks plans  1908-1941


The Barry Gem serving Barry and the Vale of Glamorgan

Politics and Government

  • Barry Liberal Association
    1974-83: records
    [National Library of Wales, Department of Manuscripts and Records - Reference: Minor lists 1988]
  • Llandaff and Barry Conservative Association
    1918-61: minutes
    [National Library of Wales, Department of Manuscripts and Records - Reference: Minor lists 1987 pp14-15]


The Population of Barry was as follows, and a more detailed breakdown is available.

1841 - 104 1851 - 74 1861 - 87 1871 - 112 1881 - 85 1891 - 765

Public Records

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

  • Barry and Cadoxton Burial Board records  1887-1899      "Records of the Barry and Cadoxton Burial Board, 1887-1899, includes: ledgers, [c. 1880s], 1935-1949; account books of various individuals, 1882-1959; 'Christmas Club' books, 1885-1890; account of almanacs given away, 1892; and 'The Tradesman's Ready Calculator,' 1854. "
  • Barry and Cadoxton Local Board of Health                "Records of the Barry and Cadoxton Local Board of Health, 1888-1894, includes: minute books, 1888-1894 (including Barry and Cadoxton Port Sanitary Committee minutes, 1893-1894); rate books, 1888-1894; petition against Barry Dock and Railway Bill, 1889; and papers relating to Barry Railway Bill, 1892"  
  • Barry Civil Parish records     "Records relating to Barry Civil Parish including assistant overseers' rate book, 1891-1895; tithe plan and apportionment, 1841"  
  • Barry Community Hospital/Barry Maternity Hospital records  1950-1986   
  • Barry Garden Suburb Ltd records  1914-1974   "Barry Garden Suburb is a housing area on the western periphery of Barry (Glamorgan), on a high plateau overlooking the beach of Cold Knap, and the Bristol Channel. The large-scale development of the area was begun in 1915, by Barry Garden Suburb Ltd, a public utility housing society ....................."  
  • Barry Nursing Association and Barry Accident Hospital records  1891-1947    "In 1891 J.C. Meggitt, .........., purchased property at 34 Kingsland Crescent, Barry, and gave free use of the premises to the Barry Nursing Association. The object of the association was to provide trained non-resident nurses to care for the poor and working classes in their homes and to provide non-trained resident helpers "to take the mother's place" in the home during illness.............................."
  • Borough of Barry records  1875-1974    "Barry was incorporated as a Municipal Borough by royal charter in September 1939. The Borough was the successor to Barry and Cadoxton Local Board (1888-1894) and Barry Urban District Council (1894-1939). ........................."  
  • General practice at Court Road, Barry records    "Financial records, 1928-1981; patients records, 1890-1979; miscellaneous papers, 1937-1979"


Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

  • Barry School Board Records     "Records of Barry school board comprising minutes, 1874-1903; letter books, 1876-1900; ledger, 1891-1898; cash book 1900-1905; notice of candidates for school board elections, 1889"  
  • High Street Girls Secondary school, Barry records   " ............comprising of log books, 1955-1973"  
  • South East Glamorgan Division Elementary/Primary schools records          Including  " ......... log books and admission registers relating to Court Road Primary Barry, 1904-1941; Gladstone Road school Barry 1907-1998; High Street school barry 1885-1979; Holton Road school Barry, 1890-1992; Hannah street/Jenner Park school Barry, 1900-1988; Barry Manual Training Department, 1907-1922; ............. Romilly Road school Barry 1906-1979; St. Helens Roman Catholic school Barry, 1903-1904; Barry Dock Board school Cadoxton, 1888-1907; Clive Road school Barry Island, 1898-1993 ...................."

Social life and Customs

  • Barry Yacht Club
    1962-77: records
    [Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff]
  • National Eisteddfod: Barry 1968
    1968: minutes
    [Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff - Reference: D/D X 738]

Axis Historical Society  Local history for Barry

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

  • Cymdeithas Cymrodorion, Y Barri/The Cymrodorion Society, Barry log books  1907=1977