"COYTY, or, COYTIFFE, in the Cwmwd of Tir yr Hwndrwd, Cantref of Cron Nedd (now called the Hundred of Newcastle), County of GLAMORGAN, South Wales: a Rectory, with the Chapel of Nolton, valued in the King's Books at £21..12..3 1/2: Patron, Thomas Wyndham, Esq.: Church dedicated to St. Mary. The Resident Population of this Parish, in 1801, was 1018. The Money raised by the Parish Rates, in 1803, was £504..0..11 1/2. It is N. b. E. from Bridgend. This Parish is of great extent, and contains a considerable quantity of inclosed, and uninclosed or uncultivated Land. The present worthy Rector, The Rev. THOMAS DAVIES, very obligingly adds, Nolton Chapel, by Bridgend, is situate in the Lower Hamlet of Coyty Parish, and is termed a Chapel of Ease, and has Divine Service every Sunday performed in it, Near the Chapel are the Ruins of an old Castle, with a number of Houses, commonly called Oldcastle Bridgend. This Castle is supposed to have belonged to the Lords of the Manor of Coyty Anglia, as the Lower Tythe-Barn is built upon part of its ruins. The Manor of Coyty Anglia is so called, to distinguish it from the Manor of Coyty Wallia, both adjoining, and belonging to the same Family who own the Castle of Coyty, viz., Thomas Wyndham, Esq., of Dunraven Castle, Member of Parliament for the County of Glamorgan. DAFYDD HOPCYN, the Poet, was a native of this place: he was admitted into the Gorsedd Morganwg in the year 1700, and presided in 1730."
From: A Topographical Dictionary of The Dominion of Wales by Nicholas Carlisle, London, 1811.


The town of Bridgend is sited across both Coity and Newcastle parishes but for our purposes it is shown under Coity


Archives & Libraries

Bridgend County Borough Council/ Library Service / Local and Family History Centre - one of six centres in Britain that hold the GRO indexes. They have started to index births, mariages & deaths  from the Glamorgan Gazette and these indexes (1866 -) are available for downloading online in pdf format.



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


Church History

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

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for photographs of various churches/chapels 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 parish church is dedicated to St. Mary, and is in the Benefice of Coity with Nolton. 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 SS924816.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
BaptismsMarriagesBurialsBannsBishops Transcripts
1694, 1702, 1713, 1720-19181738-1757, 1759-19501720-1916-1721, 1723-1730, 1732-1756, 1758-1837

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

  • Coity Ecclesiastical Parish records  " ........including registers for Coity and Nolton of baptism, 1713-1918; marriages, 1738-1950; burials, 1720-1916; banns, 1759-1791; records relating to: churchwardens, 1706-1877; civil parish, 1708-1910; miscellaneous, 1901"

Modern Parishes & Chapels of Ease :-

Non Conformist Registers Deposited at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
ChapelBaptismsMarriagesBurialsOS Map Ref
Gilead, Congregational1801-1840, 1857-1891-1861-1874SS 92198155

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

  • Coity, St. Mary - Christenings (BT's), 1820-1833
  • Coity, Nolton, St. Mary - Christenings (BT's), 1844-1875

Description & Travel

Various landscapes - on the People's Collection Wales site

You can see pictures of Coity which are provided by:



Transcript of name listing for Bridgend, and district, for the years:-

1858-9(Slaters Directory) 1880(Slaters Directory) (65k)


The transcription of the section for Coity 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

  • Oldcastle
  • Pant-y-Pyllau
  • Pendre
  • Pen-yr-heol
  • Waterton


Description, and images, of Coity Castle at www.castlewales.com by Jeff Thomas

Reconstruction of a burial at Pond Cairn, Coity c 2000 BC  - on the People's Collection Wales site

Coity Castle - on the People's Collection Wales site



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 the People's Collection Wales site

  • A map of the hamlet of Coity Higher in the County of Glamorgan
  • A plan of the Lower Hamlet of Coity in the County of Glamorganshire

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SS915804 (Lat/Lon: 51.511991, -3.564677), Coity which are provided by:


Military History

Coity War Memorial - on the People's Collection Wales site


Names, Geographical

Places, villages, farms etc within Coity 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 Gareth Hicks)

  • Coity Lower (89); Brackla Hill; Bridgend (town); Cemetery; Claypits Pottery; Cottage Homes; Ewenny Moor; Glanwenny; Heronston; Island; Lower Tremains; Mill; Newtown; Ochr-draw; Ogmore (Ogwr) Valley; Oldcastle; Pottery; Quarries; Tremains Ho.; Ty-mawr; Uchel-oleu; Vervil; Wainskil ? (Waun-yscil?).
  • Coity Higher (90); Brackla Hill; Cae-cady; Camp; Castle; Cefn Hirgoed; Coed-y-gaer; Coity (village); County Lunatic Asylum; Cromlech; Derwen; Derwen gopa; Giblet; Hendre; Heol-las; Heol Spencer; Heol-y-lan; Hirwaun Common; Lais; Llidiard; Mill; Pen-y-cae; Pen-yr-heol; Pistyll-arian; Reservoir; Simondston; Ty-du; Ty-isaf; Ty-mawr; Ty-newydd; Ty-sant; Upper Tremains.




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

1841 - 1,9301851 - 2,3041861 - 2,6851871 - 3,2511881 - 3,7961891 - 4,618

Public Records

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

  • Coity Civil Parish records  1841-1974  


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

  • Coity Higher School Board records     " .... comprising minute books, 1874-1903; rough minute books, 1874-1903; cash book, 1899-1903"