Aberpergwm in the Parish of Cadoxton Juxta Neath


" .... Aberpergwm, the ancient seat of the family of Williams, is a fine old mansion, situated in grounds tastefully disposed, and comprehending much pleasing scenery. Oliver Cromwell, who was in some degree related to the ancestor of the present proprietor, is said to have halted at this place on his way to Milford Haven (where he was going to embark for Ireland), . . . In the grounds of the mansion stands a chapel of ease to the parochial church; and there is a day school, containing about 35 children, which is partly supported 6y payments from the children, ......" [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1833) © Mel Lockie]



References to Aberpergwm at


Business & Commerce Records

Aberpergwm Collieries Co Ltd, Glyn-neath, Glamorgan
1794-1910: coal shipment books, accounts and wages ledgers
[National Library of Wales, Dept of Manuscripts and Records - Reference: Williams p115-124]


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. Cadoc, is in the Benefice of Aberpergwm and Blaengwrach, and the Diocese of Llandaff. Details of the present incumbent of this benefice can be found at the Church in Wales website.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
1849-1986 1837-1981 1849-1987 - -

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

  • Aberpergwm Ecclesiastical Parish records         "Aberpergwm is a modern parish within the western division of the rural deanery of Upper Groneath in the diocese of Llandaff. It was created in 1861 from the ancient parish of Cadoxton-juxta-Neath. It is situated approximately 10 miles north-east of Neath. The records here relate to Aberpergwm and St. Mary's Church, Blaengwrach, which was erected as a chapel of ease in the parish of Glyncorrwg and transferred to Aberpergwm in 1950. The parish church is dedicated to St. Cattwg."               
    " ........... records include registers of St. Cadocs, Aberpergwm and St. Marys, Blaengwrach of marriages, 1837-1981; baptisms, 1849-1986; banns, 1895-1987; burials, 1849-1981; services, 1940-1988; churchwardens records, 1924-1949; vestry minutes, 1863-1977; parochial church council minutes, 1920-1975; church affairs, 1935-1980; church organisations, 1937-1942; civil and miscellaneous records, 1926-1959"

Description & Travel

You can see pictures of Aberpergwm in the Parish of Cadoxton Juxta Neath which are provided by:



Transcript of complete name listing for Glyn-Neath, with Aberpergwm, Glyncorrwg, Blaenwrach and Resolven, from the Post Office Directory for 1871.



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


Historical Geography

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



Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site

  • A portrait of old John, servant at Aberpegwm, by George O Delamotte, 1818
  • `Aberpergwm Mill` by Penry Williams

Land & Property

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

  • Aberpergwm Estate Records  1605-1910   "The Williams family of Aberpergwm was an old family with a very long association with the upper Neath Valley. The family pedigree can be traced back to one Morgan ap Caradoc ap Iestyn, the 12th century lord of Nedd-Afan. The family made Aberpergwm their home in the 16th century, and continued there until the 1950s..............."
    "Deeds of the Aberpergwm estate in Glamorgan, Monmouthshire, Breconshire, and Carmarthenshire, 1605-1908,........... rentals and general account books of the estate, including account books and balance sheets of the Aberpergwm colleries, 1759-1910; documents relating to Treferig Valley railway, 1874-1884; personal papers, including letters to the Williams family of Aberpergwm and the associated families of Smith of Castellau, Llantrisant, Lloyd of Castellau and Aberpergwm and the Bush family of Durcot, Oxfordshire, 1762-1901; Castellau estate papers, 1863-1878; miscellaneous papers, 1671-1884; printed material, 1811-1895;............................."  
  • Aberpergwm Estate Papers  1804-1935      "Deeds, 1871-1915; estate papers, including accounts, 1848-1928, correspondence, 1867-1926, miscellaneous administrative papers, 1841-1920, architect's plans for Aberpergwm House, 1843, and papers relating to the restoration and maintenance work on Aberpergwm House and garden, 1876-1920; papers relating to collieries owned by the family in Glamorganshire (Dunraven Adare, Gwaunclawdd, Measteg Bettws Llantwit, Cilhepste and Aberpergwm), 1836, 1852-1935, including mineral leases, accounts of the payment of royalties, plans of workings, articles of association and correspondence between the colliery company and the land owner and his agents; and family and personal papers of the Williams family, 1804-1919, .............................


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN864061 (Lat/Lon: 51.742051, -3.646723), Aberpergwm in the Parish of Cadoxton Juxta Neath which are provided by:



Aberpergwm Drift Colliery, Glynneath on the Welsh Coal Mines site

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

  • Public Records/Industry: Colliery Tip Plans   "Colliery tip plans relating to Aberpergwm tip, Blaengwrach tip, Cefn Coed Colliery spoil heap, Hendy Merthyr Colliery tip and Margam Colliery tipping area 1969-1987"
  • Aberpergwm and Pwllfaron Collieries      1908       "Aberpergwm and Pwllfaron Collieries were orignially two separate Collieries situated near Glyn-neath in the Vale of Neath.
    Aberpergwm Colliery was the name given to a number of slant mines in the Glyn-neath area. Many of which had been worked since the early 1800s. In 1906, the Modern Aberpergwm slant was opened by the Aberpergwm Colliery Company................................."  
  • D.L. Evans (Abercrave)    Includes   "......... Aberpergwm Colliery rules 1902.........."  
  • E.W. Evans (Glynneath)    "Aberpergwm and Pwllfaron Collieries price lists 1910."  
  • Howell Davy Williams       Includes   " .......... price-lists for Aberpergwm, Cwmgwrach, Deep Duffryn and Rock Collieries 1951-1957............."    
  • National Coal Board, colliery pit-head buildings, plans            Includes  " ......... Plans, 1931-1984, of colliery pit-head baths and other surface buildings at .............Aberpergwm, 1937-1972........."

Various items  - on the People's Collection Wales site

  • Aberpergwm, 1972, entrance of the new drift mine.
  • Aberpergwm Colliery, Dosco Road heading machine and auxiliary fan ducting, c.1978