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The town of Bridgend in the Parishes of Newcastle & Coity

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"BRIDGEND, otherwise PENYBONT AR OGWR, a market town, partly in the parish of COYTY, and partly in that of NEWCASTLE, hundred of NEWCASTLE, county of GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES, 20 miles (W. by N.) from Cardiff, and 179 (W.) from London......" A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (1833) by Samuel Lewis


Archives and Libraries

The local library service is now (12/2019) run by Awen Cultural Trust

The Local and Family History Centre has relocated (October 2019) to Y Llynfi Library in Maesteg  - who continue to hold the GRO index and all resources are available.



An on-line index to the book Old Bridgend in Photographs, published by Stewart Williams, Barry [1978] has been provided by Huw Daniel.


Business and Commerce Records

  • Bridgend Gas Company
    1869-1949: minutes, reports, correspondents, plans
    [Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff]
  • Bridgend Market Society
    1894-1907: records
    [Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff - Reference: D/D Ra]
  • Bridgend Railway Company
    1828-60: minutes
    [Public Record Office, Kew, London - Reference: RAIL 67]
  • DE Evans & Sons (Bridgend) Ltd, furnishers and ironmongers
    1845-1960: account books
    [Museum of Welsh Life, St. Fagans - Reference: 2568/1-25]
  • Garw & Ogmore Gas Company
    1891-1948: shareholders' registers and ledgers, minutes, accounts, wages books
    [Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff]
  • Glamorgan Gazette Limited, newspaper publishers
    • 1877-92: ledger, cash book, bill book, letter book
      [Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff]
    • 1948-74: minutes, share certificate book, seal register
      [Enquiries to Business Archives Council, The Clove Building, 4 Maguire Street, Butler's Wharf, London SE1 2NQ - Reference: no 668]
  • RG Griffiths, dental surgeon
    c1940-1950: deeds, accounts and dental records
    [Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff]
  • Randall & Company, solicitors
    1875-1914: bill books
    [National Library of Wales, Department of Manuscripts and Records]
  • Sheppard & Sons Limited, conveyor manufacturers and structural engineers
    1856-1965: patents, letters and plans
    [Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff - Reference: D/D Sh]
  • Grocer, candlemaker and mason
    1790-1887: accounts
    [Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff]

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

  • Sheppard and Sons Ltd., engineers, Bridgend, records        1856-1965       "The Heavy Precision and General Engineers, Sheppard and Sons Ltd, of Bridgend, Glamorgan, which for many years specialized in colliery machinery, was originally started in a building adjoining the portion of Bridgend station that served the Llynfi and Ogmore railway, in 1865. Expansion of the business led to the erection of new works, in the northern part of Bridgend..............................."


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

  • Tabernacle Congregational Church
  • Ruhamah Welsh Baptist Church
  • Newcastle Hill Unitarian



he Glamorgan Family History Society have produced a set of microfiche containing an enumerated transcription and a personal name index. These are available for the years :

  • 1851 - HO107/2461 (whole of the Bridgend Registration District)

Church Records

For full and up-to-date details of their holdings see the sites of Glamorgan Record Office and/or West Glamorgan Archives

Non Conformist Registers Deposited
Chapel Baptisms Marriages Burials OS Map Ref Deposited/
Ruhamah, Welsh Baptist 1800-1837 - - SS 90527984 PRO
Nolton Street, Calvinistic Methodist 1924-1971 - 1944-1949 SS 90647969 NLW
Tabernacle, Congregational 1785-1837 - - SS 90617983 PRO
Tabernacle, Congregational 1801-1847, 1857-1891 - 1861-1874 SS 90617983 GRO
Tabernacle, Congregational 1810-1840 - - SS 90617983 NLW
Tabernacle, Congregational     1785-1789,     1818-1837      


Bethel Ind, Bridgend

    1785-1789,     1818-1837      


GRO - Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
PRO - Public Record Office, London
NLW - National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
WGAS - West Glamorgan Archive Service 

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

  • Bridgend, Ruhamah Particular Baptist - Births, 1799-1837
  • Bridgend, Tabernacle Independent - Christenings, 1785-1835

Description and Travel

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

Bridgend Today - Bridgend & District Recorder site

Various landscapes - on the People's Collection Wales site

You can see pictures of The town of Bridgend in the Parishes of Newcastle & 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 Bridgend from The National Gazetteer (1868) provided by Colin Hinson.

Ask for a calculation of the distance from The town of Bridgend in the Parishes of Newcastle & Coity to another place.

Click here for a list of nearby places.



Obituary of Thomas Stockwood of Bridgend from the Glamorgan Gazette 27th Dec 1895, includes general commentary on Bridgend society. Also a separate  article regarding the Stockwood family's association with the Glamorgan Gazette


Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which The town of Bridgend in the Parishes of Newcastle & Coity 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

  • General Booth of the Salvation Army in Bridgend town centre C1897
  • A view of Dunraven Place, Bridgend. Photographed by Edwin Miles during the early 1900s.
  • A view of Acland Road, Bridgend,1910. Photographed by Edwin Miles.
  • Metropolitan Bank of England and Wales Cheque from the Bridgend branch C.1910 to 1919
  • A view showing the town of Bridgend with a steam train and a stagecoach in the foreground.
  • Bridgend around 1908
  • Photograph of St John's Hospital, Bridgend, taken by Ronald Reynolds in the early 20th century.

Medical Records

  • R Lloyd & TC Jones, chemists

1883-1972: prescription registers, account books, registers of poisons
[Museum of Welsh Life, St Fagans - Reference: 2608/1-27]


Military History

Various items  - on the People's Collection Wales site

  • Bridgend War Memorial
  • Glamorgan Yeomanry, Bridgend c 1897
  • Island Farm Special Camp 11, near Bridgend, was used to detain over 180 senior German officers after World War Two.


Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site

  • GWR First Aid ambulance training team from Bridgend dated 1914
  • Police Training Centre, Bridgend

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

Bridgend & Cowbridge Workhouse - on Peter Higginbotham's site

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

  • Bridgend and Cowbridge Poor Law Union, Workhouse/ Public Assistance Institution, and Cottage [Children's] Homes records  1836-1952

Public Records

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

  • Bridgend and Cowbridge District Highway Board records         1855-1898
  • Bridgend Civil Parish records            1910-1921  
  • Bridgend County Court records    1878-1969  G
  • Bridgend General Hospital records      1947-1959  
  • Bridgend Local Board of Health  records          1848-1894   
  • Bridgend Urban District Council records        1894-1974   
  • Bridgend Urban District Council/ Penybont Rural District Council, Chief Medical Officer of Health records          " ......... includes: notification of infectious diseases, 1931-1935. Bridgend Urban District: health visitors weekly report cards, 1929-1931; birth enquiry cards, 1924-1927; report cards on individual children under 5, 1927-1929; infant deaths, 1931-1932; still births, 1932. Penybont Rural District: health visitors weekly report cards, 1926-1930; birth enquiry cards, 1921-1926; report cards on individual children under 5, 1925-1927; report cards on expectant mothers, 1926-1927; ante natal cards, 1926; cases of opthalmia neonatorum, 1927; cases of TB, 1923; milk cards, 1928-1929"


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

  • Bridgend Girls Grammar school records    " .... comprising log book, 1948-1960; photograph album, 1904-1915"
    "In 1896, under the provision of the Welsh Intermediate Education Act 1889 a secondary school, then called an Intermediate school was erected at Bridgend . Originally, the school was for both boys and girls until 1934, when the boys section was moved to new buildings on the site of an old house called Brynteg. The girls school, which had been reestablished as Bridgend Girls Grammar on its separation from the boys school, continued to occupy the original site"
  • Bridgend Intermediate Boys and Girls School records               " .............. comprising of minute books, 1896-1925; letterbooks, 1891-1926; treasurers receipt and payment book, 1930-1933"
  • Bridgend School Board records     " ............ comprising of minute books, 1874-1903; cash book, 1899-1903"

Social life and Customs

  • Bridgend Town Association Football Club

1920-22: accounts, etc
[Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff - Reference: D/D Ra]


Town Records

  • Bridgend Turnpike Trust
    • 1806-1843: report, correspondents, accounts, memoranda
      [Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff - Reference: D/DN]
    • 1828-1843: records
      [Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff]