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"EGLWYS BREWIS, in the Cwmwd of Maenor Glynn Ogwr, Cantref of Cron Nedd (now called the Hundred of Ogmore), County of GLAMORGAN, South Wales: a discharged Rectory, valued in the King's Books at £3..18..6 1/2: Patron, The Rev. Mr. Rickards: Church dedicated to St. Brise. The Resident Population of this Parish, in 1801, was 33. The Money raised by the Parish Rates, in 1803, was £37..19..0, at 2s. in the pound. It is 4 m. S. b. E. from Cowbridge. This Parish is all inclosed. According to the Diocesan Report, in 1809, the yearly value of this Benefice, arising from Tythes, was £73..16..4. "  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.

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

  • Parish Church of St. Brewis
  • Bethesda'r Fro Congregational Church


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Eglwys-Brewis 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

Glamorgan Chapels Database  - Here are references for one non-conformist chapel found for this parish although it is actually in Llantwit Major 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 church is dedicated to St. Brewis, and is in the Benefice of Eglwys Brewis with St. Athan with Gileston. 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 ST005692.

A transcription of the registers is available from the Glamorgan Family History Society for the years: Baptisms, 1722-1939, Marriages, 1724-1860, Burials, 1721-1935. 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
1750-1811 1752, 1820-1923, 1935-1970 1752-1807 - 1721, 1724-1726, 1728, 1731, 1743, 1745, 1747-1798, 100-1835

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

  • Eglwysbrewis Ecclesiastical Parish records     " ......... including registers of marriage, 1820-1970; baptisms, 1750-1811; burials, 1752-1807"

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Eglwys-Brewis which are provided by:

Places, villages, farms etc within Eglwys Brewis 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)

  • Eglwys Brewis [167] - Eglwys Brewis, Nant y Stepsau.


"EGLWYS-BREWIS, a parish in the hundred of COWBRIDGE, county of GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES, 4 miles (S. by E.) from Cowbridge, containing 19 inhabitants. The living is a discharged rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Llandaf, rated in the king's books at £3. 18. 6 1/2., and in the patronage of  L. W. Dillwyn, Esq., who is proprietor of the greater part of this small parish. The church is a very small edifice, dedicated to St. Brise, and presents no architectural feature worthy of especial notice. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor is £ 15. 4." ( A Topographical Dictionary of Wales by Samuel Lewis 1833)


Transcript of complete name listing for St. Athan, with the parishes and villages of Eglwys Brewis, Gileston, Llancarfan and Penmark, from Slaters Directory for 1880.


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

  • Davies family of Eglwysbrewis papers     "Farm accounts and notes on the Davies family of Eglwysbrewis, Glamorgan, 1854-1890, [c. 1951]; plans, 1783, [19th century]; family papers, 1704-1958, including papers relating to the Sloper family of Bristol and Swansea, 1780-1868; Roberts family of Aberdare, 1875-1958; Davies family of Eglwysbrewis 1765-1937; and Richards family of Aberdare, 1704-1864 (pedigree compiled 1990), and deeds relating to 55 High Street, Cowbridge, 1799-1971"

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Eglwys-Brewis 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
Glamorgan Parish Map

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference ST006683 (Lat/Lon: 51.404938, -3.430469), Eglwys-Brewis which are provided by:


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

1841 - 24 1851 - 17 1861 - 21 1871 - 15 1881 - 31 1891 - 18

Public Records

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

  • Eglwysbrewis Civil Parish records     " ............. including overseers' accounts, 1848-1872; poor rate books, 1845-1924; school rate book, 1872-1874; ................................."

  [Last Updated :   27 Nov 2012 -  Gareth Hicks]