"A large sea port in the south of the county. Its career has been one of extraordinary prosperity. Fifty years ago it did not exist; today it is one of the most promising ports in South Wales, and its docks are some of the finest in the Glamorgan. The town forms an amphitheatre round the docks, and comprises the districts of Cadoxton, Barry Dock, Barry, and Barry Island. The last, now an island only in name, is regarded as the local holiday quarter, and possesses a bathing place. On the summit of the cliff are the foundations of an ancient chapel, and on the mainland is the gateway of a medieval castle." [Glamorganshire, 1911]


NB The Kain maps overlay shown above has  Barry Docks to be at least partly in Cadoxton juxta Barry parish but its Churches data is included below



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

References to the town of Barry at


Business & Commerce Records

  • Barry & Cadoxton Gas Company
    1892-1948: minutes, accounts, reports
    [Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff]
  • Barry Cardiff Swansea Ship Repairers Ltd
    19th cent-20th cent: records
    [Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff]
  • Barry Dock Cottage Company, building society
    1896-1906: memorandum of association, register of directors, minute and agenda books, accounts, mortgage register
    [Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff - Reference: D/D Pl]
  • Barry Dock & Railway Company
    • 1883 - 20th cent: legal papers, maps and plans, papers relating to construction and management
      [National Library of Wales, Department of Manuscripts and Records - Reference: Llandinam]
    • 1884-85: contracts and specifications
      [National Library of Wales, Department of Manuscripts and Records - Reference: NLW MSS 9241-47]
  • Barry Garden Suburb Limited
    1914-74: ledgers, plans, papers, records
    [Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff]
  • Barry Island Cottage Company Limited
    1918-70: register of directors, in-letters etc
    [Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff]
  • Barry Island Investment Limited
    c1940-70: register of directors, tax papers, in-letters
    [Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff]
  • Barry Island Slate Company
    1857-59: correspondents
    [Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff]
  • Barry Railway Company
    1884-1922: minutes and reports, agreements and specifications, staff records, locomotive department registers, registers of accidents, letter books, register of contracts, maps, contracts and reports, property records etc
    [Public Record Office, Kew, London - Reference: RAIL 23, 1057]
  • Vale of Glamorgan Railway Company
    1889-1922: directors and shareholders minutes, engineers, reports, contracts, bank pass books, property, accident and miscellaneous records
    [Public Record Office, Kew, London - Reference: RAIL 702, 1057]
  • Chemist
    1890-1904: prescription register
    [Museum of Welsh Life, St Fagans, Cardiff CF5 6XB - Reference: 2914]

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

  • Norman D. Clark, estate agent, Barry, records    "General filing and related papers, 1936-1972; office accounts and business, 1948-1973; and clients' records, 1910-1972"


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

  • Parish Church of St. Nicholas


There are more than 30 churches identified in this place. Please click here for a complete list.

Church History

Chapels Database  - a  list of all known non-conformist chapels or other non-Anglican religions in the 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 for St Nicholas's Church

The church is dedicated to St. Nicholas, and is in the diocese of Llandaff. A transcription of the registers is available from the Glamorgan Family History Society for the years: Baptisms, 1724-1900, Marriages, 1724-1837, Burials, 1724-1900. Visit their website for information on how to purchase these fiche.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
1724-1921 1725-1808, 1816-1925 1724-1811, 1813-1958 - 1724-1745, 1747-1750, 1752-1770, 1772-1813, 1815-1837

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

  • Barry Ecclesiatical Parish records    "Barry Ecclesiatical Parish records including registers of baptisms, 1724-1921; marriages, 1724-1926; burials, 1813-1958; services, 1895-1915; miscellaneous records, 1724-1980; relating to the churches of St. Nicholas and All Saints"

Modern Parishes & Chapels of Ease :-

Non Conformist Registers deposited at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Chapel Baptisms Marriages Burials OS Map Ref
Holton Road, Baptist - 1918-1983 - ST 11926818
Holton Road, Wesleyan - 1899-1963 - ST 12066820

Description & Travel

Conservation areas within the Vale of Glamorgan. See Barry Garden Suburb & Barry Marine - "Conservation areas are areas of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance"

Barry Signal Box

Barry - on Wikipedia

Barry Island - on Wikipedia

Barry Castle - on Castle Wales

Various landscapes - on People's Collection Wales

You can see pictures of Barry which are provided by:



The transcription of the section for Barry from The National Gazetteer (1868) provided by Colin Hinson.

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


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

  • Howells family of Barry papers  1846-1989     "David Howells took possession of the tenancy of Cwm Barry Farm, Barry, Glamorgan, in c. 1890 .................."
  • Norman D. Clark, estate agent, Barry, personal and professional papers         "Papers and photographs relating to Lilian Maud Morgan and William George Ellery, 1892-1975; papers relating to the estate of Lilian M. Ellery, 1975-1977; papers and photographs relating to Margaret Mary Morgan, c1890s-1974; photograph relating to the Morgan family, c1900-c1960s; papers and photographs relating to Alfred George Morgan, 1890-1973; papers relating to Morgan Morgan, 1861-1906; miscellaneous papers relating to the Morgan family, c1900-1943; papers and photographs relating to Rev. A.F. McCarthy, 1913-1921; commonplace book of David Thomas, 1889; papers and photograph relating to Rev. A.A. Davies, 1912-1913; correspondence relating to T. Giraldus Johns, 1899-1940; correspondence relating to Mrs A. Johns, 1899-1905; letters relating to W.R. Johns, 1899-1905; correspondence to F.M. and K.A. Kitch, 1962-1967; miscellaneous loose papers, 1905-1969; miscellaneous printed papers, 1802-1979"

Historical Geography

Some of the hamlets, towns and villages within this parish

  • Cold Knapp
  • The Knap

You can see the administrative areas in which Barry has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



Various items  - on People's Collection Wales

  • The Retailer's Sugar Ticket ration card. Issued by T. G. Tibbets of Barry Dock to Ephraim Henry Davies of 27 Wenvoe Terrace, Barry, in December 1917.
  • Barry Heritage Project, various
  • The bronze statue of David Davies, a self-made engineer, industrialist, entrepreneur and later the Liberal Member of Parliament for Cardigan, was designed in 1890-93 by the sculptor Alfred Gilbert and cast by George Broad and Sons of London.
  • Barry Labour Exchange; measured drawing showing detail of various features, produced by H.M. Office of Works, 1914.

Land & Property

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

  • Barry commercial property deeds     "Deeds relating to commercial property in Barry, 1871-1957; abstract of title of E.C. Romilly relating to lands in parishes of Barry, Porthkerry, Penmark and Llancarfan, 1815-1941"

Law & Legislation

Sergeant No.2, Guy Franks of the Barry Dock Police. c.1890.  - on People's Collection Wales



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



Parish map (Kain/Oliver)

Various items  - on People's Collection Wales

  • Geological map. Barry 
  • Map of the parish of Barry in the County of Glamorgan

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference ST106672 (Lat/Lon: 51.396688, -3.286843), Barry which are provided by:


Medical Records

Annual report of the Voluntary Hospital, Barry Dock, 1914  - on People's Collection Wales


Merchant Marine

Ships in port at Barry in 1881 - on Bob Sanders' site

(Barry to Buenos Aires, 1913 site)     "On July 19th, 1913, Doris Kathleen Spicer and her sister Norah embarked on a return voyage from Barry, Wales, UK to Buenos Aires, Argentina. They sailed on the Steam Ship St. Oswald with their father, the ship's captain, Walter Blythe Spicer. This is the diary that Doris kept during the journey ...................."

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

  • Barry Pilotage Board records 1847-1974   "Barry Docks were constructed in 1884. The Pilotage Board for Barry was constituted in 1889......................."
  • Cardiff, Barry and Penarth Docks plans  1908-1941

Various items  - on People's Collection Wales

  • SS Walkure in Barry Docks c1908 
  • Barry Docks, 1929
  • Barry Docks, 1901
  • Then and now: Barry Docks
  • H.M.S York in Barry Docks in 1933.

Military History

Various items  - on People's Collection Wales

  • Barry War Memorial Hall
  • Barry war memorial hall interior
  • Modern Cross erected as a memorial to the dead of World War I on the base of the ancient cross.
  • Barry Dock Young Man Killed in Action - Barry Dock News 12-05-1916

Names, Geographical

Places, villages, farms etc within Barry 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 Glenys Travis)

  • Barry [173] - Beggarswell, Bull Cliff, Cold Knap Point, Viaduct
  • Barry Island [173] - Coastguard Sta, Friars Point, Lifeboat Sta, Little Island, Nell's Point, Whitmore Bay.


The Barry Gem serving Barry and the Vale of Glamorgan

Newspaper extracts


Politics & Government

  • Barry Liberal Association
    1974-83: records
    [National Library of Wales, Department of Manuscripts and Records - Reference: Minor lists 1988]
  • Llandaff and Barry Conservative Association
    1918-61: minutes
    [National Library of Wales, Department of Manuscripts and Records - Reference: Minor lists 1987 pp14-15]


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

1841 - 104 1851 - 74 1861 - 87 1871 - 112 1881 - 85 1891 - 765

Public Records

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

  • Barry and Cadoxton Burial Board records  1887-1899      "Records of the Barry and Cadoxton Burial Board, 1887-1899, includes: ledgers, [c. 1880s], 1935-1949; account books of various individuals, 1882-1959; 'Christmas Club' books, 1885-1890; account of almanacs given away, 1892; and 'The Tradesman's Ready Calculator,' 1854. "
  • Barry and Cadoxton Local Board of Health                "Records of the Barry and Cadoxton Local Board of Health, 1888-1894, includes: minute books, 1888-1894 (including Barry and Cadoxton Port Sanitary Committee minutes, 1893-1894); rate books, 1888-1894; petition against Barry Dock and Railway Bill, 1889; and papers relating to Barry Railway Bill, 1892"  
  • Barry Civil Parish records     "Records relating to Barry Civil Parish including assistant overseers' rate book, 1891-1895; tithe plan and apportionment, 1841"  
  • Barry Community Hospital/Barry Maternity Hospital records  1950-1986   
  • Barry Garden Suburb Ltd records  1914-1974   "Barry Garden Suburb is a housing area on the western periphery of Barry (Glamorgan), on a high plateau overlooking the beach of Cold Knap, and the Bristol Channel. The large-scale development of the area was begun in 1915, by Barry Garden Suburb Ltd, a public utility housing society ....................."  
  • Barry Nursing Association and Barry Accident Hospital records  1891-1947    "In 1891 J.C. Meggitt, .........., purchased property at 34 Kingsland Crescent, Barry, and gave free use of the premises to the Barry Nursing Association. The object of the association was to provide trained non-resident nurses to care for the poor and working classes in their homes and to provide non-trained resident helpers "to take the mother's place" in the home during illness.............................."
  • Borough of Barry records  1875-1974    "Barry was incorporated as a Municipal Borough by royal charter in September 1939. The Borough was the successor to Barry and Cadoxton Local Board (1888-1894) and Barry Urban District Council (1894-1939). ........................."  
  • General practice at Court Road, Barry records    "Financial records, 1928-1981; patients records, 1890-1979; miscellaneous papers, 1937-1979"


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

  • Barry School Board Records     "Records of Barry school board comprising minutes, 1874-1903; letter books, 1876-1900; ledger, 1891-1898; cash book 1900-1905; notice of candidates for school board elections, 1889"  
  • High Street Girls Secondary school, Barry records   " ............comprising of log books, 1955-1973"  
  • South East Glamorgan Division Elementary/Primary schools records          Including  " ......... log books and admission registers relating to Court Road Primary Barry, 1904-1941; Gladstone Road school Barry 1907-1998; High Street school barry 1885-1979; Holton Road school Barry, 1890-1992; Hannah street/Jenner Park school Barry, 1900-1988; Barry Manual Training Department, 1907-1922; ............. Romilly Road school Barry 1906-1979; St. Helens Roman Catholic school Barry, 1903-1904; Barry Dock Board school Cadoxton, 1888-1907; Clive Road school Barry Island, 1898-1993 ...................."

Social Life & Customs

  • Barry Yacht Club
    1962-77: records
    [Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff]
  • National Eisteddfod: Barry 1968
    1968: minutes
    [Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff - Reference: D/D X 738]

Various items  - on People's Collection Wales

  • Group at Barry Island c. 1928 
  • Photograph of Barry Ladies Choir Ready to Leave, Possibly to Compete in an Eisteddfod.
  • Figure 8 Ride at Barry Island c1912-1914
  • Photograph of a Church Pageant in Barry, with a Large Group of Men, Women and Children Present.
  • Bathing Pool, Barry Island 1923
  • Barry Island Switchback Railway 1898
  • Barry Cricket Club 1913
  • Barry - Ice Cream Parlours 1930s
  • Photograph of a Group of People Going on a Bus Trip from Barry, Being Picked Up Outside Williams Stores, Shop and Post Office.
  • Barry Pier
  • VE Day Celebrations 1945. Phyllis Street, Barry Island
  • Photo, of approximately 11 elephants in water, at Watchtower Bay, Barry (Pebble Beach)
  • Postcard of Whitmore Bay, Barry Island, c.1900
  •  Butlins Holiday Camp at Barry Island, 1974
  • Pages from the booklet Barry for Varied Enjoyment: The Gem of Welsh Seaside Resorts published by Barry Urban District Council Town Development Committee. The booklet is undated but probably from 1930s.


Axis Historical Society  Local history for Barry

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

  • Cymdeithas Cymrodorion, Y Barri/The Cymrodorion Society, Barry log books  1907=1977