"BONVILSTON, in the Cwmwd of Is Caeth, Cantref of Brenhinol (now called the Hundred of Dinas Powys), Co. of GLAMORGAN, South Wales: a discharged Curacy, valued in the King's Books at £6..9..2: Church dedicated to St. Mary. The Resident Population of this Parish, in 1801, was 203. The Money raised by the Parish Rates, in 1803, was £67..14..0, at 1s. 6d. per acre. It is 4 m. E. from Cowbridge. This Parish contains about 960 Customary acres of inclosed land: of which, 100 acres nearly are in Wood. It is a Lay Impropriation, the property of the Bassetts of Bonvilston. The present Incumbent is The Rev. Mr. Bassett, of Swansea. One of the largest Roman Camps in the Neighbourhood is situate in this Parish. According to the Diocesan Report, in 1809, the yearly value of this Benefice, arising from Tythes, Stipend, and Augmentation, was £32..11..3." 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.


Business & Commerce Records

  • David Vaughan, architect and surveyor
    1841-58: journal of professional appointments
    [National Library of Wales, Department of Manuscripts and Records]


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

  • Parish Church of St. Mary
  • Carmel United Reformed Church (Llancarfan)
  • Zoar Presbyterian Church (Llancarfan)

Church History

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

Bonvilston Churchyard entrance; cross base; font,tower  - on People's Collection Wales


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 parish church is dedicated to St. Mary, and is in the Benefice of St. Nicholas with Bonvilston and St George-super-Ely. 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 ST065742.

A transcription of the registers is available from the Glamorgan Family History Society for the years: Baptisms, 1696-1900, Marriages, 1696-1837, Burials, 1696-1901. 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
1761-1983 1758-1812, 1837-1991 1761-1982 1824-1977 1696, 1724-1817, 1819-1824, 1826-1837

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

  • Bonvilston Ecclesiastical Parish records      " ............ including registers of baptisms, 1761-1812; marriages, 1758-1812; burials, 1761-1812; churchwardens accounts and rates, 1826-1971; vestry minutes, 1845-1971; charities, 1850-1895; parochial church council minutes, 1920-1953"  
  • St Mary's Church, Bonvilston records      "Marriage register, 1972-1991"

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

  • Bonvilston, St. Mary - Christenings (BT's), 1696-1875

Description & Travel

Bonvilston - on Wikipedia

St Nicholas Castle - on Castle Wales

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

You can see pictures of Bonvilston which are provided by:



Transcript of complete name listing for Cowbridge, with Llanbleddian, and neighbourhoods, from Slaters Directory for 1850.

Transcript of complete name listing for St. Nicholas, with the parishes and villages of St. George's, St. Lythans, Peterstone-super-Ely, and Pendoylan, from Slaters Directory for 1880.



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

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


Historical Geography

Some of the hamlets, towns and villages within this parish

  • Greenway

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


Land & Property

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

  • David Vaughan, architect of Bonvilston papers     "Diaries and notebooks of David Vaughan, 1841-1905; financial papers, 1841-1905; agency papers relating to the Ffynnonwen estate, 1815-1886; agency papers relating to the Llanharry estate, 1870-1879; agency papers relating to the Newton estate, 1868-1892; agency papers relating to Pendoylan House estate, 1860-1907........"
  • Williams and Prichard, solicitors, Cardiff records         "Williams and Prichard, solicitors, Cardiff records comprising deeds and papers relating to the Bassett family of Bonvilston 1815-1935; Leases and deeds relating to Bassett family properties and estate, 1801-1950.............."


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)

Plan of the parish of Bonvilston, Glamorganshire  - on People's Collection Wales

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference ST070735 (Lat/Lon: 51.453096, -3.33993), Bonvilston which are provided by:


Names, Geographical

Places, villages, farms etc within Bonvilston 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)

  • Bonvilston [155] - Aubrey Arms, Blackland, Bonvilston Ho, Bonvilston, Breach, Coed yr Aber, Cottrell, Greendown, Redland, Redway Road, Sheep Court, Sycamore Cross, Ty'n y coed,Y CAER CAMP.


There are many references to this area in the 15 million Welsh and English language articles from Welsh newspapers transcribed by the NLW and viewable on Welsh Newspapers Online
Below are English language articles that have been re-transcribed and extracted randomly to illustrate what is available, there are many that are not extracted here that include names of local people

  •  From The Cardiff Times 1st February 1879

BONVILSTON. AN EISTEDDFOD was held on Monday, in aid of Carmel Independent Chapel. The adjudicators were on singing, Mr H. Bassett (Alawr Fro) and Mr R. Lougher (Eos Carvan); on the essays and recitations, the Rev. J. Davies (Tai Hirion). The Rev. J. Thomas, Carmel, presided. The following was the programme :—     ......(part extract).....

  • From the  Evening Express (Sports Edition) 3rd June 1905

BONVILSTON. On Saturday Bonvilston were paid a visit by Spillers Cricket Club, and, on the whole, had a very pleasant game, though without a definite result. The game ended in a draw.      ......(part extract).....

  • From The Western Mail 9th September 1895

BONVILSTON CHURCH. THE TOWER BEING RESTORED. The tower of Bonvilston Church (on the road between Cardiff and Cowbridge), which is in such a dangerous condition, has at last been taken in hand, and the work of restoration has been commenced. The fine peal of bells - one of the finest in the country—will also be rehung. The work of restoration has men entrusted to Mr. Charles B Fowler, F.R.I.B.A., of Cardiff, the contractor being Mr. W. A. James, of Cowbridge.

  •  From the Evening Express (Special Edition) 28th December 1907

SOCIAL AT BONVILSTON  A social evening was spent in the Bonvilston Reading-room. Through the generosity of The Mackintosh of Mackintosh, the room has lately been greatly extended. A dance also took place. Refreshments were supplied at intervals, the arrangements being carried out in an efficient manner by the young ladies of the village. Mrs. Allan and Miss P. Richards were at the piano. Encouraged by the success of the evening, the committee hope to arrange many such functions.

  •  From the South Wales Daily News 14th July 1887

BONVILSTON  PICNIC.—The church choir of the above place had their picnic on Tuesday, when, by the generosity of Mr and Mrs Christie, of Bonvilstone Cottage, they were conveyed in brakes to Porthcawl. where, on their arrival, they were entertained to lunch.




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

1841 - 282 1851 - 294 1861 - 291 1871 - 235 1881 - 225 1891 - 219

Public Records

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

  • Bonvilston Civil Parish records  1894-1983      " ........... including assistant overseers' rates books, 1897-1936; assistant overseers' receipt and payment books, 1918-1927; copy of tithe plan and apportionment , 1841 [copied 1980]; annual parish meeting minutes book, 1894-1973; parish community council minutes book, ..............................."

Social Life & Customs

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

  • Bonvilston Charities comprising the Grace Aubrey charity and Mrs Lougher charity records 1898-1997 "The Grace Aubrey Charity was created by will in 1678, when the sum of £100 was bequested to help the poor of the parish of Bonvilston, Glamorgan. The Mrs Lougher's Charity was established in 1732. Similarly, a sum of £50 was bequested, the interest of which was to be allocated to the poor of the parish"