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Slaters Commercial Directory, 1844.

Cowbridge. With the Village of Llanbleddian and Neighbourhoods

Transcribed by Phil Mustoe

COWBRIDGE is a borough and small market town, in the parish and hundred of its name, county of Glamorgan; 172 miles w. from London, 12 w. from Cardiff, and 7 E. from Bridgend; situated in a pleasant fertile bottom, surrounded by a well cultivated country. The town consists chiefly of one long street, stretching from east to west, containing some well built houses, a town hall, and convenient market-house. It is a contributory borough, with Cardiff and Llantrissaint, in returning one member to parliament; and is governed by a mayor and two bailiffs, who are elected by the burgesses, the former officer for life, the latter annually. A court of record may be holden under the charter of Charles II., but the corporation do not avail themselves of the privilege; the only court is one of common council, held as occasion may require, for transacting the borough business. This place is without manufactures; and its trade, which is local and domestic, is chiefly supported by those engaged in agriculture, and by its market and fairs.

The places of worship are the parish church of Saint Mary, and chapels for Baptists, and Wesleyan and Calvinistic Methodists. The living of Cowbridge is a rectory in the gift of the Dean and Chapter of Gloucester. The only charity is an endowed grammar school, founded by Sir Leoline Jenkins, who was secretary of state in the reign of James II.: the revenue is about £20. per annum. The market is held on Tuesday; and there are seven fairs in the year - namely, first Tuesday in February, on the Tuesday before 25th March, May 4th, June 24th the first Tuesday in August, September 29, and the first Tuesday in December. The markets and fairs are well attended, and are chiefly for cattle of all kinds. The parish of Cowbridge contained, in 1831, 1,097 inhabitants; and in 1841, 1,080.

LLANBLETHIAN is a parish, in the hundred of Cowbridge, the village being situate about one mile s.w. from that town. There is nothing worthy of particular note connected with this parish - the population of which, in 1831, was 670; and in 1841, 724.

POST OFFICE, Cowbridge, Thomas Lister, Post Master - Letters from London and all parts of the East arrive every afternoon at half-past twleve, and are despatched every forenoon at half-past eleven - Letters from Milford Haven, Swansea, &c. arrive every forenoon at half-past eleven, and are despatched every afternoon at half-past twelve


Bassett Rev. Christopher, Cowbridge
Bassett the Misses, Cowbridge
Bates Mr. Edward, Cowbridge
Edmondes Mrs. Margaret, Cowbridge
Edmondes Rev. Thomas, Cowbridge
Edmondes Thomas, Esq., Cowbridge
Entwistle Hugh, Esq., Llanblethian
Entwistle Col. Robert, Llanblethian
Howell Mrs. -, Cowbridge
Llewellyn Mr. Thomas, Cowbridge
McGregor Mrs. -, Llanblethian
Miles Mrs. Frances, Aburthin
Morris Mr. John, Cowbridge
Nichol Miss. Mary, Cowbridge
Powell Rev. John, Cowbridge
Powell Rev. Thomas, Llanblethian
Savours Robert, Esq., Cowbridge
Simpkins Miss Elizabeth, Cowbridge
Taynton Rev. Francis, Cowbridge
Taynton Mrs. -, Cowbridge
Thomas Miss Ann, Llanblethian
Turberville Colonel -, Llanblethian
Williams Mrs. Ann, Llanblethian
Williams Mrs. Llewellyn, Cowbridge
Williams Rev. William, Cowbridge
Wood Mr. William, Cowbridge


Free Grammar - Rev. Thomas Edmondes, master
Harris Catharine (day), Cowbridge
Lewis Wm (boardg. & day), Cowbridge
Lovell Sarah (boarding), Cowbridge
National School, Cowbridge - Matthew Donna, master
Williams Charlotte & Annie (boarding), Cowbridge
Williams Richard (day), Cowbridge


Bevan John, Cowbridge
Edmondes Wm. (& superintendent registrar of births, deaths, and marriages), Cowbridge
Redwood Charles, Cowbridge


Cottle Samuel, Cowbridge
Howell Thomas (baker), Cowbridge
Morgan Evan, Cowbridge
Stibbs Robert, Cowbridge
Williams Thomas, Cowbridge


National Provincial Bank of England (draw on the London & Westminster Bank) - Frederick Stockman, manager


Abraham David (and farrier), Llanblethian
Griffiths John, Cowbridge
Harman John, Cowbridge
Turberville John, Cowbridge


Davis David (& binder), Cowbridge


Howell Edward, Cowbridge
Lewis William, Cowbridge
Mustoe Samuel, Cowbridge [should probably read, Simon, from Christian Malford, Wilts.]
Thomas William, Llanblethian
Williams Thomas, Cowbridge


Jones William, Cowbridge
Howe Richard, Cowbridge
Morgan David, Cowbridge
Morgan Robert, Llanblethian
Williams John, Cowbridge


James Wm., (and turner), Cowbridge
Thomas Thomas, Cowbridge
Williams William, Cowbridge


Ballard & Son, Cowbridge
Lister Thomas, Cowbridge
Thomas Morgan, Cowbridge


Atlas, John Bevan, Cowbridge
Imperial, Wm. R. Kent, Cowbridge
Norwich Union, Chas. Redwood, Cowbridge
Protector - John Parsons, Cowbridge


Davies Ann, Cowbridge
Davies David, Llanblethian
Davies Mary, Cowbridge
Gibbon John, Cowbridge
Harry John, Cowbridge
Howe John, Cowbridge
Lewis Thomas, Cowbridge
Llewellyn Ann, Cowbridge
Meredith Catherine, Cowbridge
Morgan Joyce, Cowbridge
Morris John, Landough
Morris Margaret, Cowbridge
Parsons John, Cowbridge


(See also Taverns & Public Houses)

Bear Inn, James Ballard, Cowbridge


Ballard & Son, Cowbridge
Bird James & Son, Cowbridge
Griffiths William, Cowbridge


Llewellyn Ann & Matilda, Cowbridge
Prichard David, Cowbridge
Rees David, Cowbridge
Reynolds James, Cowbridge
Toogood George Waugh, Cowbridge
Verity Cecilia, Cowbridge


Bassett Richard, Llanblethian
Davies William, Cowbridge
Howell Samuel, Cowbridge
Jones Thomas, Llanblethian
Llewellyn Ann, Cowbridge
Taylor James, Cowbridge Mill
Thomas William, Cowbridge


Bates Edward, Cowbridge
Edmunds Elizabeth, Llanblethian
Taylor James, Cowbridge Mill


Marks Elizabeth Davies, Cowbridge
Thomas Eliza, Cowbridge


Webb John (& glazier), Cowbridge
Woods Wm. (& plumber), Cowbridge


Llewellyn Nathaniel, Cowbridge
Matthews Thomas, Cowbridge


Hopkin David, Llanblethian
Morris John, Landough
Williams Edward, Cowbridge


Davies Edward, Cowbridge
Johnson Jonathan, Cowbridge
Salmon William, M.D., Cowbridge
Williams Edward, Cowbridge
Wood William Henry, Cowbridge


Felton Richard, Cowbridge
Jones Thomas, Cowbridge
Reynolds Jas. (& draper), Cowbridge
Reynolds James, junr., Cowbridge
Williams Edward, Cowbridge


Blue Bell, David Thomas, Cowbridge
Bush, Miles Morgan, Cowbridge
Butchers' Arms, David Morgan, Cowbridge
Cowbridge Arms, Ths. Griffiths, Cowbridge
Cross Keys, David Thomas, Cowbridge
Druid, William Howell, Cowbridge
General Picton, Mary Lloyd, Llanblethian
Greyhound, Thomas Williams, Cowbridge
Horse & Groom, Thomas Lewis, Cowbridge
Masons' Arms, Joanna Howe, Cowbridge
Pelican, John Merchant, Cowbridge
Red Lion, Edward Williams, Cowbridge
Royal Oak, Morgan Williams, Cowbridge
Ship-a-Ground, Mary Jones, Cowbridge
Three Boars' Heads, Ths. Thomas, Cowbridge
Three Tuns, David Lloyd, Cowbridge
Wellington, Thomas Williams, Cowbridge
Westgate, David Preece, Cowbridge
White Lion, David Lloyd, Cowbridge


Bevan Mary, Cowbridge
Davies Thomas, Cowbridge
John John, Cowbridge
Jones Mary, Cowbridge
Morgan David, Cowbridge
Thomas John, Llanblethian
Williams Edward, Cowbridge


Donague Michael, Cowbridge
Roberts William, Cowbridge


Marks Samuel, Cowbridge
Morgan George, Cowbridge


In Cowbridge when not otherwise mentioned

Aubrey Richard, cabinet maker
Ballard Edwd.m skinner & tallow chandler
Ballard Thomas, sub-distributor of stamps
Bradley Edward, land agent
Burchell Richard, coach builder
Davies John, currier and leather seller
Elliott John, travelling tea dealer
Lewis Thomas, gardener & earthenware dealer
Morris William, auctioneer
Nicholas John, timber merchant
Police Station, Edmund Corr, superintendent
Strong Sophia, fishmonger
Thomas William, skinner
Turner James, hair dresser
Woods John, wine and spirit dealer


To Bristol and Gloucester, the Royal Mail, (from Swansea) calls at the Bear Inn, every forenoon, at a half-past eleven; goes thro' Cardiff & Newport
To Bristol, Gloucester & Cheltenham, the Cymro, (from Swansea) calls at the Bear every morning (Sunday excepted), at half-past eight; goes through Cardiff, Newport, Chepstow, and Newnham
To Cardiff and Newport, Evans's Omnibus (from Swansea) calls at the Horse & Groom, every afternoon (Sunday excepted) at three, and an Omnibus, from the Cowbridge Arms, every afternoon (Sunday excepted) at half-past 2
To Swansea, the Royal Mail (from Bristol & Gloucester) calls at the Bear Inn, every day at half-past twelve; goes through Bridgend, Pyle and Neath, and the Cymro (from Bristol, &c.) calls at the same house, every afternoon (Sunday excepted) at five - Evans's Omnibus (from Cardiff and Newport) calls at the Horse and Groom, every forenoon (Sunday excepted) at half-past eleven - and one from the Cowbridge Arms, every forenoon (Sunday excepted) at eleven


To Cardiff and Bridgend, John Thomas and David Williams, several times a week.

[Transcribed 10th April 1998 - Phil Mustoe]


[Last Updated : 19 Sept 2002 Gareth Hicks]