"MONKNASH (MONK-NASH), a parish in the hundred of OGMORE, county of GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES, 7 miles (W. S. W.) from Cowbridge, containing 121 inhabitants. This manor, together with the castle and lordship of Neath, was given by FitzHamon to Sir Richard de Grenville, and by him conferred on the monks of Neath abbey, from which circumstance it has derived the prefix to its name. The parish is situated on the shore of the Bristol channel the coast is extremely dangerous for some miles between it and Barry. The Nash sands are a perilous ridge, covered at high water, but exposed at low water, on which the Frolic steam vessel from Tenby to Bristol, laden with passengers, struck, in the month of March, 1831, the weather being exceedingly tempestuous and hazy, when all on board perished : recently two lighthouses have been erected near them, which serve to warn navigators of the danger, as they stretch several miles westward from the coast, and the sounding immediately contiguous is four fathoms. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Llandaf, endowed with £200 royal bounty, and £200 parliamentary grant, and in the patronage of the Hon. William Booth Grey. The church is dedicated to St. Mary. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor is £36. 11."( A Topographical Dictionary of Wales by Samuel Lewis 1833)
Places, villages, farms etc within Monknash 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)
- Monknash (162); Blaen-y-cwm; Camp; Church (site of); Clawdd y Mynach; Craig Beiri; Cwm Bach; Cwm Nash; Monastery (remains of); Monknash (village); Monkton East; Monkton Ganol; Old Windmill; Pen-y-cae; Traeth Mawr; Ty'n-y-caeau.
Monknash Walk - on the Glamorgan Walks site
Old Forge, Monknash (watercolour by Peter Cronin) - on the Glamorgan Walks site