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Cowbridge

"A municipal borough and market town pleasantly situated in the centre of the Vale of Glamorgan on the banks of the Thaw. It shares in the Parliamentary representation of Cardiff. The church has a curious Early English tower, and near it are some fragments of the ancient town walls and one of the gateways. The Grammar School was refounded in the time of James II. The neighbouring hill of Stalling Down was the scene of a sanguinary encounter between Glyndwr and the English forces in 1405. Cowbridge is 172 miles west from London, 56 south-west from Bristol, 12 west from Cardiff, 7 east from Bridgend, and 40 east from Swansea."
[Glamorganshire, 1911]

Bibliography
Business and Commerce Records
Cemeteries
Church History
Church Records
Description and Travel
Directories
Genealogy

Glamorgan Parish Map

Maps
Newspapers
Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.
Population

Public Records
Schools

Societies

Bibliography

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

References to the town of Cowbridge at

 

An on-line index to the book The Vale of Glamorgan in Old Photographs, by Roy Denning, has been provided by Huw Daniel.

A Name index to the book Cowbridge Buildings and People By Cowbridge Record Society 1999 - ISBN 0 9537029 0 1. Indexed by Phil Mustoe, June 2002

Cowbridge Wills and Administrations 1575 - 1799 from a book titled, "Old Cowbridge", by Lemuel John Hopkin-James 1922. Provided by Phil Mustoe

Hopkin-James,  Lemuel John.   Old Cowbridge, borough, church, and school. 1922   - the complete book is accessible on the Internet Archive site - click on Texts and search on Cardiff

Old Inns and Alehouses of Cowbridge. Cowbridge Record Society, 2004. ISBN: 09537029 4 4.
Iolo Morganwg claimed that Cowbridge was well blessed with 'great and glorious drinkers' and indeed some forty-two of the buildings of Cowbridge have been used as inns or alehouses at some time in their history. This is the story of these public houses, their owners and innkeepers, and of some of the people who drank there.

Business and Commerce Records

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

Cemeteries

Indexed transcriptions of monumental inscriptions at Holy Cross Churchyard and Cowbridge Cemetery, by Phil Mustoe.

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

Visit their website for information on how to purchase.

Church History

In the trade directories contained within these pages, and from other sources, it appears that the church of the Holy Cross, Cowbridge, was previously dedicated to that of St. Mary.
The change in dedication appears to have taken place at some point between the years 1910 and 1934.

Rectorial Benefice of Cowbridge - photographs under Churches

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

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph of Holy Cross Tower

See John Ball's site Welsh Churches and Chapels Collection for a photograph/data re Holy Cross Church

COWBRIDGE, St. Mary  1849-1850   - on the Church plans online 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

The church is dedicated to Holy Cross, and is in the Benefice of Cowbridge. 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 SS994746.

A transcription of the registers is available from the Glamorgan Family History Society for the years: Baptisms, 1718-1887, Marriages, 1721-1837, Burials, 1735-1873. 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
1718-1972 1753-1970 1735-1928 1894-1975 1721, 1724-31, 1733-37, 1739-46, 1748-1837

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

Non Conformist Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Chapel Baptisms Marriages Burials OS Map Ref
Quaker - - 1839-41, 1846, 1861 -
Wesleyan Methodist 1849-1934, 1936-62 1910-1956 - SS 99747450

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

Transcript of the Roll of Honour at Cowbridge Church for 1914-1918 war

Description and Travel

"COWBRIDGE, or, Y BONT FAEN, or PONT FON, in the Cwmwd of Pen y Bont, Cantref of Cron Nedd (now called the Hundred of Cowbridge), Co. of GLAMORGAN, South Wales: a Chapel, to the Vicarage of Llan Bleiddian: Patrons, The Dean and Chapter of Gloucester.  The Resident Population of this Parish, in 1801, was 759.  The Money raised by the Parish Rates, in 1803, was 209..15..9 1/2, at 5s. 6d. in the pound upon Houses, and at 8s. 3d. in the pound upon Land.  It is 12 m. W. from Caerdiff, and 176 m. W. from London.  The Market is on Tuesday.  The Fairs are on the 20th of March, 4th of May, 24th of June, 29th of September, and 30th of November.  It is one of the Contirbutary Boroughs with Caerdiff, which send one Member to Parliament.  The Corporation consists of 12 Aldermen, and 12 Capital Burgesses: and the Townis governed by two Bailiffs, elected by the Capital Burgesses and Freemen out of the Aldermen.  The Grammar School was endowed by Sir Llywelyn Jenkins, Secretary of State to James the Second.  There is also a very good School for reading, writing, and accompts.  The excellent Fish, called Sewen, is abundant here.  The Quarter Sessions are holden here once a year.  It contains about 35 acres of inclosed Land: and is situate upon the river Ddaw. "
(From: A Topographical Dictionary of The Dominion of Wales by Nicholas Carlisle, London, 1811)

Places, villages, farms etc within Cowbridge 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)

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

Description of Cowbridge from the Glamorgan Village Book, compiled by the Glamorgan Federation of Women's Institutes.

Cowbridge (ancient borough) with Llanblethian

Cowbridge photographs  - on Mike Baker's site

Directories

Transcript of name listing for Cowbridge, and neighbouring parishes from Commercial and Trade Directories, for the years:-

1844 (Slaters Directory) 1850 (Slaters Directory)
1858-1859 (Slaters Directory) 1871 (Post Office Directory)
1880 (Slaters Directory) 1895 (Kellys Directory)

Genealogy

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

Newspapers

The Cowbridge Gem, serving Cowbridge and the Vale of Glamorgan

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

Bridgend & Cowbridge Workhouse - on Peter Higginbotham's site

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

Population

The population of Cowbridge was as follows, and a more detailed breakdown is available.

1831-1,097 1841-1,080 1851-1,066 1861-1,094 1871-1,134 1881-1,229 1891-1,377

Public Records

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

Schools

The Headmasters, and an image (circa 1860) of Cowbridge Grammar School, 1608 - 1967, as listed in 'A Certaine Schoole' ( See bibliography)

Cowbridge School Roll - Xmas. 1860, as listed in 'A Certaine Schoole' ( See bibliography)

Cowbridge Grammar School - on Wikipedia

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

Societies

 


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