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"YSTRAD OWAIN, in the Cwmwd of Maenor Rhuthyn, Cantref of Pen y then (now called the Hundred of Cowbridge), County of GLAMORGAN, South Wales: a Perpetual Curacy, not in charge: Patron, The Chancellor of Llandaff: Church dedicated to St. Owain. The Resident Population of this Parish, in 1801, was 169. The Money raised by the Parish Rates, in l803, was £49..3..1, at 2s. 6d. in the pound. It is 3 m. N. b. E. from Cowbridge. This Parish contains 1000 acres of inclosed Land, and an extensive uninclosed Common.-The present worthy Minister, The Rev. RICHARD WILLIAMS, very obligingly adds, "There were standing, not many years ago, in a Field near the Village, two large, but rude monumental Stones, said to have been placed at the heads of the Graves of Owain ab Ithel and his Consort, and commonly called, The King and Queen Stones: but they have of late years been removed. Tal y Faen Castle, of which there are some remains, was one of the Castles belonging to the thirteen Peers of Glamorgan. It was granted by Sir Robert Fitz Hamon to Sir Richard de Seward, in whose Family it continued for many Generations, and from, whom it came by Marriage to the Dukes of Lancaster. It is still a part of the Duchy of Lancaster. In a Field adjoining the Church-yard, on the Western side, there is a very large Tumulus, of which no traditional account now remains."-According to the Diocesan Report, in 1809, the yearly value of this Benefice, arising from Stipend only, was £9. The Great Tythes belong to The Rev. Dr. Hunt, the present most worthy Chancellor of the Church of Llandaff."     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.

References to Ystradowen in the British Library

Indexed transcription of monumental inscriptions at Ystradowen Churchyard by Phil Mustoe.

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

  • Parish Church of St. Owain


  • St Owain, Ystradowain, Church in Wales

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Ystradowen 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  - no non-conformist chapels found in this 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. Owain, and is in the Benefice of Cowbridge 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 ST011777.

A transcription of the registers is available from the Glamorgan Family History Society for the years: Baptisms, 1696-1904, Marriages, 1697-1837, Burials, 1696-1927.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
1761-1973 1754-1971 1761-1974 1754-1818, 1925-1970 1696, 1725-1741, 1743, 1745-1837

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Ystradowen which are provided by:

Places, villages, farms etc within Ystradowen 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)

  • Ystradowen [108];  - Ash Hall, Bwlch-gwyn, Caeau, Caer Gwyr AM, Castell Tal-y-fan (site of) AM, Coed y Tranches, Crofta, Dan-y-lan, Efald, Fforest fach, Fforest fawr, Greenfield, Llwyn-du, Llwyn-nwydog, Morfa Ystradowen, MUR Y LLENGAU, Mynydd y Fforest, Ty Maen, Ty-chwith, Tyn y tranches, Ystradowen.

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

Ystradowen Motte - on Castle Wales


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

1850 (Slaters Directory)   1858-1859 (Slaters Directory)
1880 (Slaters Directory)      

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Ystradowen 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


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 ST012776 (Lat/Lon: 51.488640, -3.424445), Ystradowen which are provided by:


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

1841 - 196 1851 - 221 1861 - 248 1871 - 232 1881 - 222 1891 - 215

Public Records

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

  • Ystradowen Civil Parish records    " .......... comprising overseers account books, 1785-1895; agricultural notebook, 1873-1891; tithe plan and apportionment, 1848; bastardy bonds, 1793-1813; charity records, 1858-1893; churchwardens rates, 1860-1867; miscellaneous papers, 1842-1892"