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"NEATH, in the Cwmwd of Rhwng Nedd ac Afan, Cantref of Cron Nedd (now called the Hundred of Neath), County of GLAMORGAN, South Wales: a Rectory valued in the King's Books at 16..2..3 1/2: Patron, The Marquis of Bute: Church dedicated to St. Thomas the Apostle. The Resident Population of this Town and Parish, in 1801, was 2502. The Money raised by the Parish Rates, in 1803, was 919..15..l, at 5s. 6d. in the pound, on the Rack Rental. It is 37 m. W.N. W from Caerdiff, and 201 m. W. from London. The Markets are on Wednesday, and Saturday. The Fairs are on Trinity Thursday, 31st of July, and 12th of September. This is one of the Contributary Boroughs with Caerdiff, which send one Member to Parliament. The Corporation consists of a Portrieve, 12 Aldermen, a Recorder, and an unlimited number of Burgesses. A legacy has been left for a Free School, but it is not yet established. This Parish contains about 300 acres of cultivated Land. The Petty Sessions for the Hundred of Neath are holden here: The Quarter Sessions are holden here once a year, viz., on Tuesday and Wednesday after the Translation of Thomas a Becket. A Court of Pleas is holden every Month before the Constable of the Castle and Portrieve: and a Court-Leet twice a year, viz., in May, and at Michaelmas. The Castle, which is in ruins, was built by Richard de Grana Villa or Granville, Lord of Neath, in the reign of Henry the First. This is the Nidum of Antoninus. It is situate on the Eastern bank of the navigable River of the same name, which empties itself into the Bristol Channel." From: A Topographical Dictionary of The Dominion of Wales by Nicholas Carlisle, London, 1811.

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Archives and Libraries

Neath Port Talbot Library Services

Bibliography

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

References to the town of Neath at

An on-line index to the book Old Neath & District in Pictures, volumes 1, 2, 3 & 4 have been provided by Brian Wagstaffe.

A book titled The History of the Vale of Neath by D. Rhys Phillips, 1925, has been indexed by Brian Wagstaffe.

An online index to the book Images of Neath & Port Talbot by David Roberts [South Wales Evening Post], has been provided by Brian Wagstaffe

An online index to the book Neath's Wicked World by T. G. Davies, has been provided by Brian Wagstaffe

Business and Commerce Records

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

 

Cemeteries

Villages of the Neath Valley and their Burial Grounds, by Brian Wagstaffe

Census

The Glamorgan Family History Society have produced microfiche/Cds containing enumerated transcriptions and a personal name indexex, these are available for various census years

Church History

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

Images and History of the church of St. Thomas, Neath, by Brian Wagstaffe

Images and History of the the Churches at Neath and Llantwit at the Parish of Neath website

Rectorial Benefice of Neath

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph

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

NEATH, St. Thomas the Apostle   1842        - on Church plans online

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. Thomas, is in the Benefice of Neath with Llantwit, and diocese of Llandaff. 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 SS753977.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
1638-1647, 1653-1679, 1692-1793, 1813-1900 1638-1647, 1653-1679, 1694-1896 1638-1647, 1653-1679, 1692-1898 - 1721, 1723-1837

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

Modern Parishes & Chapels of Ease :-

Non Conformist Registers Deposited
Chapel Baptisms/Births Marriages Burials OS Map Ref Deposited/
Copies
Bethany/Bethania, Baptist 1773-1836 - - SS 75309730 PRO
Bethany/Bethania, Baptist 1773-1837 1955-1970*
*not on WGAS
online list
- SS 75309730 WGAS
Bethlehem Green, Calvinistic Methodist 1799, 1811-1837 - - SS 75249776 PRO
Bethlehem Green, Calvinistic Methodist

1811-1837

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WGAS

Bethlehem Green, Calvinistic Methodist 1902-1962 - 1913-1923 SS 75249776 NLW
Quaker - - 1865-1869 SS 75369782 WGAS
Quaker - - 1866-1868 SS 75369782 NLW
London Road, English Wesleyan - 1909-1971 - SS 75369733 WGAS

GRO - Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
NLW - National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
WGAS - West Glamorgan Archive Service
PRO - Public Record Office, London

The People's Collection Wales site has material for this parish, use the onsite search box

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

Neath and Llantwit area. A collection of half a dozen Parish Magazines from the 1926 to 1959 period which have about 300 records of Births, Marriages, Deaths --- provided by Brian Wagstaffe

Description and Travel

Places, villages, farms etc within Neath 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 Gareth Hicks)

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

Images of Neath and District, by Brian Wagstaffe

Old Neath Street Names   by Brian Wagstaffe

Neath - on Wikipedia

Directories

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

1822-1823 (Pigot's Directory) 1858-1859 (Slaters Directory)

Genealogy

 Extracts from the Pro-online index of PCC Wills for the Neath area  by Brian Wagstaffe

History

Neath & Swansea databases  contributed by Lyn Nunn;- Neath Inhabitants 1792 ; Neath Milita Roll 1789 ; Swansea Militia Roll 1789

Description, with images, of Neath Castle at www.castlewales.com by Jeff Thomas

Neath - List of Provosts and Portreeves (C 1100-1835) ; List of Mayors 1835-1972 ; Recipients of the Freedom of the Borough.  Compiled by Dai Bevan

Neath Valley and the Neath and Tennant Canals, by Brian Wagstaffe

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

Land and Property

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

Occupations

Nineteenth century Inns and Public Houses of the Neath area  by Brian Wagstaffe

Politics and Government

Poorhouses, Poor Law etc

The People's Collection Wales site has material for this parish, use the onsite search box

Neath Union Workhouse

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

Public Records

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

Schools

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

Societies

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

Town Records

Hamlets, Towns and Villages

  • Cimla
  • Melincryddan
  • Pencaerau

Neath


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