"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]
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
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
"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.
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. .................."