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"BONVILSTON, in the Cwmwd of Is Caeth, Cantref of Brenhinol (now called the Hundred of Dinas Powys), Co. of GLAMORGAN, South Wales: a discharged Curacy, valued in the King's Books at £6..9..2: Church dedicated to St. Mary. The Resident Population of this Parish, in 1801, was 203. The Money raised by the Parish Rates, in 1803, was £67..14..0, at 1s. 6d. per acre. It is 4 m. E. from Cowbridge. This Parish contains about 960 Customary acres of inclosed land: of which, 100 acres nearly are in Wood. It is a Lay Impropriation, the property of the Bassetts of Bonvilston. The present Incumbent is The Rev. Mr. Bassett, of Swansea. One of the largest Roman Camps in the Neighbourhood is situate in this Parish. According to the Diocesan Report, in 1809, the yearly value of this Benefice, arising from Tythes, Stipend, and Augmentation, was £32..11..3."     From: A Topographical Dictionary of The Dominion of Wales by Nicholas Carlisle, London, 1811.



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

Business and Commerce Records

  • David Vaughan, architect and surveyor
    1841-58: journal of professional appointments
    [National Library of Wales, Department of Manuscripts and Records]

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

  • Parish Church of St. Mary
  • Carmel United Reformed Church
  • Zoar Presbyterian Church


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Bonvilston 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

The parish church is dedicated to St. Mary, and is in the Benefice of St. Nicholas with Bonvilston and St George-super-Ely. Details of the present incumbent of this benefice can be found at the Church in Wales website. The church can be found at grid reference ST065742.

A transcription of the registers is available from the Glamorgan Family History Society for the years: Baptisms, 1696-1900, Marriages, 1696-1837, Burials, 1696-1901. 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
1761-1983 1758-1812, 1837-1991 1761-1982 1824-1977 1696, 1724-1817, 1819-1824, 1826-1837

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

  • Bonvilston Ecclesiastical Parish records      " ............ including registers of baptisms, 1761-1812; marriages, 1758-1812; burials, 1761-1812; churchwardens accounts and rates, 1826-1971; vestry minutes, 1845-1971; charities, 1850-1895; parochial church council minutes, 1920-1953"  
  • St Mary's Church, Bonvilston records      "Marriage register, 1972-1991"

The following Religious Institutions are covered in the Mormon International Genealogical Index (IGI) :-

  • Bonvilston, St. Mary - Christenings (BT's), 1696-1875

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Bonvilston which are provided by:

Places, villages, farms etc within Bonvilston 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)

  • Bonvilston [155] - Aubrey Arms, Blackland, Bonvilston Ho, Bonvilston, Breach, Coed yr Aber, Cottrell, Greendown, Redland, Redway Road, Sheep Court, Sycamore Cross, Ty'n y coed,Y CAER CAMP.

Description of parish from A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (1833) by Samuel Lewis.

Bonvilston - on Wikipedia

St Nicholas Castle - on Castle Wales


Transcript of complete name listing for Cowbridge, with Llanbleddian, and neighbourhoods, from Slaters Directory for 1850.

Transcript of complete name listing for St. Nicholas, with the parishes and villages of St. George's, St. Lythans, Peterstone-super-Ely, and Pendoylan, from Slaters Directory for 1880.

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Bonvilston 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

  • Greenway

Land and Property

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

  • David Vaughan, architect of Bonvilston papers     "Diaries and notebooks of David Vaughan, 1841-1905; financial papers, 1841-1905; agency papers relating to the Ffynnonwen estate, 1815-1886; agency papers relating to the Llanharry estate, 1870-1879; agency papers relating to the Newton estate, 1868-1892; agency papers relating to Pendoylan House estate, 1860-1907........"
  • Williams and Prichard, solicitors, Cardiff records         "Williams and Prichard, solicitors, Cardiff records comprising deeds and papers relating to the Bassett family of Bonvilston 1815-1935; Leases and deeds relating to Bassett family properties and estate, 1801-1950.............."


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 ST064741 (Lat/Lon: 51.458064, -3.348643), Bonvilston which are provided by:


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

1841 - 282 1851 - 294 1861 - 291 1871 - 235 1881 - 225 1891 - 219

Public Records

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

  • Bonvilston Civil Parish records  1894-1983      " ........... including assistant overseers' rates books, 1897-1936; assistant overseers' receipt and payment books, 1918-1927; copy of tithe plan and apportionment , 1841 [copied 1980]; annual parish meeting minutes book, 1894-1973; parish community council minutes book, ..............................."

Social life and Customs

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

  • Bonvilston Charities comprising the Grace Aubrey charity and Mrs Lougher charity records  1898-1997         "The Grace Aubrey Charity was created by will in 1678, when the sum of £100 was bequested to help the poor of the parish of Bonvilston, Glamorgan. The Mrs Lougher's Charity was established in 1732. Similarly, a sum of £50 was bequested, the interest of which was to be allocated to the poor of the parish"