"In continuing their journey from Neath to Swansea, our travellers directed their course by the sea-coast to the river Avon, which they forded, and, continuing their road along the sands, were probably ferried over the river Neath, at a place now known by the name of Breton Ferry, leaving the monastery of Neath at some distance to the right....."
The Itinerary Through Wales and The Description of Wales by Giraldus Cambrensis (1188),The text is that of Sir Richard Colt Hoare who published an English translation in 1806, chiefly from the texts of Camden and Wharton . This extract is from the foot-notes in the Everyman's Library edition, (ed. Ernest Rhys) 1908.
Description of parish from A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (1833) by Samuel Lewis.
".................. This place, called in the Welsh language Llansawyl, derives its name from an ancient ferry over the river Neath................"
Briton Ferry - on Wikipedia
Briton Ferry Community site
Places, villages, farms etc within Briton Ferry 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 Gareth Hicks)
- Briton Ferry (50); Briton Ferry; Cemy; Colliery (disused); Court (or Cwrt) Sart Fm.; Giant's Grave; Goytre; Hosp.; Mynydd Gaer; Pont-Howell-ddu; Reservoir; Ynysmaerdy
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Some of the hamlets, towns and villages within this parish
- Giants Grave
- Jersey Marine
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administrative areas in which Briton Ferry has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.
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
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SS736943 (Lat/Lon: 51.633266, -3.827737), Briton Ferry which are provided by: