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"BRITON FERRY, in the Cwmwd of Rhwng Nedd ac Afan, Cantref of Cron Nedd (now called the Hundred of Neath), County of GLAMORGAN, South Wales: a Curacy, not in charge: Patron, Lord Vernon: Church dedicated to St. Mary.  The Resident Population of this Parish, in 1801, was 188.  The Money raised by the Parish Rates, in 1803, was 72..12..2, at 8s. in the pound.  It is 2 1/2 m. S. from Neath.  It is beautifully situate at the upper part of the Bay of Swansea, from whence there is a Ferry to that Town.  Here is a Free School.  According to the Diocesan Report, in 1809, the yearly value of this Benefice, arising from Stipends, and Augmentation, was 72..16..8.  Here is the fine Seat of The Right Honourable Lord Vernon.  The Sea breezes from the Bristol Channel, according to Mr. Wyndham, have no influence over the verdure of the Trees on this Southern Coast, which flourish as well here as in the more inland parts.  This Parish contains about 700 acres of inclosed land, and 300 acres which are not inclosed; the whole of which belongs to Lord Vernon.  The greatest part of this Parish formerly belonged to the Abbey of Neath, and the remainder to the Earl of Pembroke."  From: A Topographical Dictionary of The Dominion of Wales by Nicholas Carlisle, London, 1811.

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Archives and Libraries

Briton Ferry Library

Bibliography

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

References to the parish of Briton Ferry at

An on-line index to the book Old Neath & District in Pictures, volumes 1, 2 & 3 has been provided by Brian Wagstaffe.

Business and Commerce Records

Cemeteries

Villages of the Neath Valley, and their burial grounds, by Brian Wagstaffe

Church History

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

BRITON FERRY, St. Clement   1862-1870     - on the Church plans online site

BRITON FERRY, St. Mary   1870-1871     - on the Church plans online site

Parish of Briton Ferry, St Mary's   - Brian Wagstaffe's site

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

Church built in 1866, and replaced St. Mary as the parish church. For St. Mary see Llansawel.

The parish church is dedicated to St. Clement, and is in the Benefice of Llansawel with Briton Ferry. 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 SS743947.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
1668-1969 1668-1944 1686-1924 1867-1954 1696, 1721, 1723-1818, 1820-1837

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

Modern Parishes & Chapels of Ease :-

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

 

Non Conformist Registers Deposited at the West Glamorgan Archive Service (WGAS)
Chapel Baptisms Marriages Burials OS Map Ref
Salem, Baptist*
*not on WGAS online list
- *1922-1971 - SS 74279457

Description and Travel

"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)

Directories

Transcript of name listing for Neath and district, from Commercial and Trade Directories, for the years:-

1822-1823 (Pigot's Directory) 1858-1859 (Slater's Directory) (50k)

Land and Property

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

Maps

View maps covering the area of this parish and places within its boundaries

Occupations

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

Politics and Government

Public Records

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

Schools

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

Hamlets, Towns and Villages

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[Last Updated :  15 Nov 2012 - Gareth Hicks]

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