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"A parish on the Ewenny river near Bridgend, notable as the site of a Benedictine priory founded in 1140 by Maurice de Londres. The church remains almost intact and is a fine example of Norman work. The gateway and portions of the external wall of the monastry also survive."          [Glamorganshire, 1911]



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

References to the town of Ewenny at

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

  • Parish Church of St. Michael


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

The Parish of Ewenny

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

Ewenny Priory on the Castle Wales site

Transept of Ewenny Priory by JMW Turner, c 1797- on the People's Collection Wales site

Aerial photograph of Ewenny Priory in 1999 - on the

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. Michael, and is in the Benefice of Ewenny with St. Brides Major. Details of the present incumbent of this benefice can be found at the Church in Wales website. The church can be located at grid reference SS912778.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
1738-1992 1755-1967 1714-1761, 1769-1942 - 1721, 1723-1817, 1819-1837

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

  • Ewenny Ecclesiastical Parish records   ".... including registers of baptisms, 1714-1992; marriages, 1755-1970; burials, 1714-1942; churchwardens accounts, 1800-1876; civil records, 1858-1920; Priory of Ewenny a short history of the church, being part of an unidentified book"

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

  • Ewenny, St. Michael - Christenings (BT's), 1813-1875

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Ewenny which are provided by:
"From Llandaff, our crusaders proceeded towards the Cistercian monastery of Margam, passing on their journey near the little cell of Benedictines at Ewenith, or Ewenny. This religious house was founded by Maurice de Londres towards the middle of the twelfth century. It is situated in a marshy plain near the banks of the little river Ewenny. "  
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.

Places, villages, farms etc within Ewenny 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)

  • Ewenny (112); Brocastle; Chapel; Corntown (village); Corntown Fm.; Ewenny (village); Ewenny Down; Ewenny Moor; Ewenny Park; Ewenny Priory; Lampha Court; Longland; New Bridge; Potteries; Tair Croes Down; Vicarage; Wallas-fach; Wallas Fm.; Watertown Moor.

See Description of parish from;

  • A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (1833) by Samuel Lewis
  • A Topographical Dictionary of The Dominion of Wales by Nicholas Carlisle, London, 1811.

Ewenny Pottery

Ewenny - on Wikipedia


Transcript of name listing for Bridgend and district, from Slaters Directory for 1880.

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Ewenny 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

  • Brocastle
  • Corntown
  • Lampha/Lamphey

Land and Property

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

  • Ewenny Collection of records  [13th century]-1926      "The Benedictine priory of Ewenny was dissolved in 1536, and leased in the same year to Sir Edward Carne (d 1561). In 1545 he purchased the priory, along with its possessions and those of St Peter's Gloucester within the lordship of Ogmore. The estate descended in the same family to Edward Carne (d 1650) who was succeeded by his two daughters and co-heirs. .................."


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 SS904773 (Lat/Lon: 51.483952, -3.579846), Ewenny which are provided by:


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

1841 - 211 1851 - 272 1861 - 273 1871 - 295 1881 - 291 1891 - 288

Public Records

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

  • Ewenny Civil Parish records     " ...... including settlement order, 1699; tithe plan and apportionment, 1842; parish meeting and parish council minutes, 1894-1970"

Social life and Customs

  • Oddfellows: Blaen Ewenni Lodge
    1879-c1920: records
    [Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff]