Skewen in the Parish of Cadoxton Juxta Neath


"SKEWEN, 1½ miles east, is an ecclesiastical parish, formed in 1844 from the parish of Cadoxton-juxta-Neath, and includes Coed franc, Dyffryn-Clydach and Neath Abbey; it is lighted with gas from works at Neath. There are four stations on the Great Western railway in the parish, viz.:-Neath Abbey, Skewen, Briton Ferry Road and Jersey Marine. The church of St. John, locally in Neath Abbey, was consecrated in 185I; it is an edifice of Welsh sandstone, with Bath stone dressings, in the Early English style, ... the stained east window was presented by Mrs. Jones, of Rockfield, in memory of her husband, who also gave a massive polished marble pulpit: in the chancel are two memorial windows to Edward Ackland Moore and his wife: the church affords 500 sittings. The register dates from the year 1851. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value £212, in the gift of the Bishop of Llandaff and the Board of Patronage, ... The new Vicarage at Neath Abbey, built in 1905, is pleasantly situated 200 feet above sea level, and affords good views of the surrounding country. The church of St. Mary the Virgin, a mission church in connection with the parish church, erected in 1904 at a cost of upwards of £2,000, is a building in the Gothic style, and affords 375 sittings. At Mooretown is a mission church, also in connection with the parish church, erected at the expense of the late John Newall Moore esq., J.P. (d. 1905), and consisting of chancel and nave, with sittings for 400 persons. There are Baptist, United Methodist, Congregational and Wesleyan chapels. In the parish e chemical and tinplate and copper smelting works and two collieries, and a large oil refinery. The Coedfranc public library, in Evelyn road, was erected in 1905 at, a cost of £2000. The population of the ecclesiastical parish in 1911 was 9,584" [From Kelly's South Wales Directory 1923 (ArchiveCDBooks) - transcribed by Gareth Hicks]


Archives & Libraries



These two books have been partially indexed by Dai Bevan


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

Skewen contains two Anglican churches :-

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

  • Skewen Ecclesiastical Parish records "Skewen Ecclesiastical parish was formed in 1844 from the parish of Cadoxton-juxta-Neath. St. John's church was consecrated in 1851. The church of St. Mary the Virgin, Pentreffynnon, was erected in 1904 and the mission church at Mooretown erected c1893. All Saints opened in 1948 and closed September 2001"
    " ........ records for St. John's church, St. Mary the Virgin, Pentreffynnon, All Saints and mission church including registers of banns, 1954-1989; services, 1957-1992; baptisms, 1850-1986; marriages, 1850-2003; burials, 1929-1972; confirmations, 1889-2004; glebe, 1921; licences, 1905; churchwardens, 1906-1963; parochial church council, 1920-1948; churchyard, 1890-1964; church affairs, 1905; photographs and miscellaneous records, 19th century-20th century
Non Conformist Registers Held at the West Glamorgan Archive Service (WGAS)
Chapel Baptisms Marriages Burials OS Map Ref
Wesleyan, English - 1907-1934 - SS 72349740

Y Capel, CM


Hermon CM



Description & Travel

Skewen - on Wikipedia

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



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

1822-1823 (Pigot's Directory) 1858-1859 (Slater's Directory) (50k)


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


Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Skewen 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.



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SS728973 (Lat/Lon: 51.660046, -3.840381), Skewen in the Parish of Cadoxton Juxta Neath which are provided by:



Nos 3 & 4 Main collieries, Skewen on the Welsh Coal Mines site

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

  • Llandarcy Oil Refinery 1919-1958 "The oil refinery was sited at Llandarcy near Skewen [Sgiwen] by the Anglo-Persian Oil Company Limited in 1921, ............................."
  • Main Colliery, Skewen Records "The Main Colliery Company Limited was formerly the Dynevor Duffryn and Neath Abbey United Collieries Company Limited....................."
    "Minute books, 1889-1934; Reports, 1890-1925; Accounts, 1874-1933; Shareholders' records, 1889-1934; Production and sales records, 1884-1928; Property records; 1909-1931; Correspondence, 1889-1934; Receivership papers, 1889-1934; Maps and plans 1889-1934"




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

  • Coedffranc School, records " ....... log books, 1894-1952." "Coedffranc School (also known as Coedfranc, Skewen School), Coed-ffranc, Neath, Glamorgan, opened in 1894 as a board school. The girls' school became the senior department of Skewen Lower Junior School in 1950 before a new school called Rhydhir Secondary School was opened in 1953"
  • Skewen Lower National School, records ".... log books, 1867-1961."