"COED DU CHURCH, or, LLAN CRALLO, 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 Peterstone, and valued in the King's Books at £21..1..8: Patron, Thomas Wyndham, Esq.: Church dedicated to St. Crallo. The Resident Population of this Parish, in 1801, (including the Hamlets of Coed Du Higher, Coed Du Lower, Pen Coed and Peterstone) was 669. The Money raised by the Parish Rates, in 1803, was, £352..13..6. It is 2 1/2 m. N. E. from Bridgend. This Parish contains about 4000 acres of Land, three-fourths of which are under cultivation. It abounds with Coals, and Quarries of Slate and Tomb-stones, and excellent Lime-stone. Coychurch, its usual Appellation, is a Contraction of Coed Du Church, that is, The Church of the Black Forest: The Welsh Name is Llan Crallo, or, Crallo's Church, a Saint of the Fifth Century, and the Founder of this Church. " From: A Topographical Dictionary of The Dominion of Wales by Nicholas Carlisle, London, 1811.



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

References to Coychurch at the British Library


Church History

Chapels Database - a list of all known non-conformist chapels or other non-Anglican religions in the 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 church is dedicated to St. Crallo, and is in the Benefice of Coychurch with Llangan and St. Mary Hill. 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 SS939796.

A transcription of the registers is available from the Glamorgan Family History Society for the years: Baptisms, 1733-1900, Marriages, 1723-1837, Burials, 1736-1900. Visit their website for information on how to purchase these fiche.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
1736-1794, 1797-1959 1736-1808, 1813-1953 1736-1867, 1882-1935 1899-1969 1721, 1723-1724, 1726-1787, 1789-1790, 1792-1794, 1797-1837

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

  • Coychurch Ecclesiastical Parish records       " ...... including registers of baptism, 1736-1959; marriages, 1736-1953; burials, 1813-1935; banns, 1755-1969; records relating to: churchwardens, 1905-1965; property, 1720-1884; miscellaneous and civil records, 1844-1970"

Modern Parishes & Chapels of Ease :-

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

  • Coychurch, St. Crallo - Christenings (BT's), 1820-1861
  • Bridgend, Tabernacle Independent - Christenings, 1785-1835

Description & Travel

Coychurch - on Wikipedia

Various landscapes - on the People's Collection Wales site

You can see pictures of Coychurch which are provided by:



Transcript of name listing for Bridgend and district, from Slaters Directory for 1880.



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

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



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

  • Thomas family of Tregroes, Coychurch, records    " Letter signed by Charles I to William Thomas, 1645; petitions to Robert earl of Leicester and Robert Lord Lisle 1661-1662; and deeds, wills and pedigrees relating to the Thomas family, 1645-[c. 1850]."

Historical Geography

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



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

  • Map of the hamlet of Coychurch Higher, Glamorganshire
  • Plan of the lower hamlet of Coychurch in the County of Glamorganshire
  • Plan of the hamlet of Pencoed in the parish of Coychurch in the County of Glamorgan

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SS962826 (Lat/Lon: 51.533077, -3.497558), Coychurch which are provided by:


Names, Geographical

Places, villages, farms etc within Coychurch 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)

  • Coychurch Higher (86); Blaen-crymlyn; Bryn-chwyth; Bryn-gwenith; Bryn-y-garn; Buarthfa; Cae-daufarch; Caner-bach; Coal level (2); Coedcae; Colliery (2); Cwm Ogwr fach; Dre-fach ?; Gaer; Ganer-mawr; Garddau-hen; Gelli-feddgaer; Glan-gors; Graig-las; GWR (Mineral L...?); GWR (Cardiff & Ogmore); Hendir; Heol y Cyw; Hirwaun; Lan; Llwyn-irwch; Mynwent y Milwyr; Mynydd Maendy; Mynydd y Gaer; Nant Ciwc; Nant Crymlyn; Pant-ffrwyth; Parc-bach; Pentre; Pen-y-lan; Pen-yr-heol; Rhiw-ceiliog; Tai-hirion; Ty-Charles; Ty-chwith; Ty-Gwilym; Tynewydd; Ty'n-y-waun (2); Ty-Robert; Waun-wen; Wern-fach; Wern-fawr; Wern-tarw
  • Pencoed (87); Bedw-lwyn; Berth-gelyn; Bryn-cwtyn; Bryn-teg; Caeau-cerig; Cae'r llysi; Castle (site of); Cefn Hirgoed; Court House; Dyffryn; Ewenny Fach; Felindre; Ffos-felin; Green House; Groes; Gwastadwaun; Heol Porth-mawr; Heol-y-geifr; Mill; Minffrwd; Nant Crymlyn; Pencoed; Pen-prisk; Pen-y-lan; Tre-bryn; Tre-groes; Ystad y waun
  • Coychurch Lower (88); Bont Fawr; Bryn; Bryn-ffrwd; Coed-y-mwstwr-ganol; Coychurch (village); Ewenny River; Heol-y-geifr; Plas Coed-y-mwstwr; Shelf; Ty'n-y-pwnt; Watertown; Watertown Court; Watertown Moor




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

1841 - 1,088 1851 - 1,071 1861 - 1,215 1871 - 1,238 1881 - 1,365 1891 - 1,500

Public Records

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

  • Coychurch Civil Parish records  1841-1982


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

  • Coychurch Higher School Board records " .... comprising of minute books, 1874-1903; letter book, 1875-1879; cash book, 1891-1903" 
  • Coychurch Lower School Board records " .... comprising minute books, 1880-1903; cash books, 1880-1903"

Some of the hamlets, towns and villages within this parish

  • Penprysk
  • Shelf
  • Tregroes
  • Tremains
  • Wern Tarw