"GLYN CORWG, in the Cwmwd of Rhwng Nedd ac Afan, Cantref of Cron Nedd (now called the Hundred of Neath), Co. of GLAMORGAN, South Wales: a Curacy, not in charge, with the Chapel of Blaen Gwrach, of the certified value of £10: Patron, The Right Hon. Lord Vernon: Church dedicated to St. John Baptist. The Resident Population of this Parish, in 1801, (consisting of the Hamlets of Blaen Gwrach, and Glyn Corwg) was 234. The Money raised by the Parish Rates, in 1803, was £89..6..10 1/2. It is 8 m. E. b N. from Neath. This Parish contains from eight to ten thousand acres of Land, the greatest part of which is mountainous and rocky. The present worthy Minister, The Rev. Leyson Jones, very obligingly adds, 'Near the top of Craig y Llynn, is Llynn Fawr, almost a mile in Circumference: and upon its Summit is Carn Moesen, the highest point in the County of Glamorgan, and from which, on a clear day, the view is most extensive and magnificent'. The stone Coal and Culm of this Parish are only worked for the consumption of the Inhabitants. In the Church-yard of Glynn Corwg, are five remarkable Yew Trees, the largest of which (in 1810) measures 10 yards 4 inches in circumference. A small Rivulet, called The Corwg, runs through the Hamlet, and empties itself into the River Afan. According to the Diocesan Report, in 1809, the yearly value of this Benefice, arising from Stipend, and Augmentation, was £59..8..4." 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 Glyncorrwg in the British Library



There are more than 30 churches identified in this place. Please click here for a complete list.

Church History

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

Sketch of Glyncorrwg Church, by one of the Bacon sisters, 19th century - on the People's Collection Wales site (use search box)

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph of St John the Baptist Church


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. John the Baptist, is in the Benefice of Glyncorrwg with Afan Vale and Cymmer Afan, and the diocese of Llandaff. Details of the present incumbent of this benefice can be found at the Church in Wales website. The church can be located at grid reference SS874994.

A transcription of the registers is available from the Glamorgan Family History Society for the years: Baptisms, 1702-1905, Marriages, 1724-1837, Burials, 1702-1908. Visit their website for information on how to purchase these fiche.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
BaptismsMarriagesBurialsBannsBishops Transcripts
1702-19881702-19711702-19401824-19231721, 1723-1728, 1730-1761, 1763-1813, 1815-1819, 1821-1822, 1824-1836

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

  • Glyncorrwg Ecclesiastical Parish     " ......... including registers of baptisms, 1813-1988; marriages, 1813-1971; burials, 1813-1940; banns, 1824-1923; churchwardens plans, c1906"

Modern Parishes & Chapels of Ease :-

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

  • Glyncorrwg, St. John the Baptist - Christenings (BT's), 1821-1860
Nonconformist Chapel Records held at West Glamorgan Archive Service (WGAS)
Bethel Baptist 1971 - 1988  

Description & Travel

Glyncorrwg - on Wikipedia

Cefn Ffordd, near Glyncorrwg - on the geograph.org.uk site

Various landscapes - on the People's Collection Wales site

You can see pictures of Glyncorrwg which are provided by:



Transcript of complete name listing for Glyn-Neath, with Aberpergwm, Glyncorrwg, Blaenwrach and Resolven, from the Post Office Directory for 1871.



The transcription of the section for Glyncorrwg 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

  • Blaengwynfi
  • Bryn Llydau
  • Cwmgwrach (On border with Llantwit juxta Neath parish and maybe should be included in latter)
  • Cymmer (Cymer)


Jan Ross (Griffiths) has a group on Facebook for the collection and sharing of information and photographs relating to The Parish and Village of Glyncorrwg (Nov 2015)

Part of the Ramblers Cymru Glyncorrwg eTrail. The information within this audio piece was obtained from PhD research carried out by Gareth Davies. Read by Sam Lewis. - 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



Map of the hamlet of Glyncorrwg in the parish of Glyncorrwg, Glamorganshire - on the People's Collection Wales site

Parish map (Kain/Oliver)

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN882009 (Lat/Lon: 51.695327, -3.618579), Glyncorrwg which are provided by:


Names, Geographical

Places, villages, farms etc within Glyncorrwg parish 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)

  • Blaengwrach (55); Aber-clwyd; Blaengwrach (village); Blaengwrach Coll'ies; British Rhondda Collieries; Carn fach; Coal Level; Craig; Craig-isaf; Craig y Llyn; Cwm Rhyd-y-gors; Cwm yr Argoed; Fforch-y-garn; Glyn-eithinog; Glyn Neath Sta.; Llyn Fach; Neath Canal; Neath River; Pen-y-cae; Ty'r-mynydd; Y Foel Chwern?; Ynys-las
  • Glyncorrwg (56); Aber-cregan; Afon Corrwg; Afon Corrwg Fechan; Bachgen Careg; Blaen-Avan; Blaen-corrwg; Blaen-Cregen; Blaen-gwynfi (village); Bryn-du; Bryn Llydan; Bryn Llynwyn-ddwr; Bwlch Nant-gwyn; Carn Caglau; Carn y Wiwer; Cefn Ffordd; Cefn Grug; Cefnmawr; Cefn Nant-y-gwair; Cefn Tyle-brych; Chwarelau Blaen-corrwg; Coal Level; Coedcae Pen-y-waun; Coedcae y Derlwyn; Colliery(2); Corrwg-fechan; Crug-yr-Avan; Cwm Corrwg; Daren Ddu; Fforch-las; Fforch-las Street; Garn Coch; Glyn Corrwg; Glyncorrwg (village); Glyncorrwg Pits; GWR; Gwaun Rhys; Hendre-gareg; Level; Llwyn-y-ffynnon; Maen yr Allor; Moel y Gwynt; Mynydd Aber-gwynfi; Mynydd Blaen Avan; Mynydd Blaen Gwynfi; Mynydd Blaen-nant-du; Mynydd Corrwg-fechan; Mynydd Rhiw-llech; Mynydd Ynys-corrwg; Nant Boeth; Nant Cregan; Nant Cwm-cae; Nant Du; Nant Gwynfi; Nant Melyn; Nant yr allor; Panwaun Pen-y-coedcae; Pebyll/Pobyll?; Pen-craig-isaf; Rhiw-llech; Taren Rhiw-llech; Twyn Corrwg-fechan; Twyn-y-Crug; Twyn-y-Ffald; Twyn-y-Ffarwel; Ty-isaf; Tyle Mawr; Ty'n-y-pant; Ynys-corrwg Colliery




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

  • Glyncorrwg Lodge (South Pit) "Minute books 1929-1971; Financial records 1930-1958; Correspondence and related papers 1948-1960; Fatal Accident Fund papers 1950-1964; Work agreements 1954; Contribution cards and rules 1948-1950"
  • R O Roberts Collection Includes ".....and a guide book for Glyncorrwg Welsh Miners' Museum (1972)."

Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site

  • Lamp Check, Glyncorrwg Colliey
  • 'Able' of Glyncorrwg Colliery - second place in Merthyr Horse Show, June 1955.
  • The Upper Afan Valley Collieries. Part of the Ramblers Cymru Glyncorrwg eTrail. The information within this audio piece was obtained from PhD research carried out by Gareth Davies. Read by Sam Lewis.


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

1841 - 1361851 - 931861 - 3221871 - 7341881 - 1,2881891 - 3,522

Public Records

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

  • Glyncorrwg Urban District Council Records  1866-1974        " ......including Council and committee minutes, 1893-1974; architectural plans, [c. 1910]-1925; photocopy of Planning Department register of deposited plans (1882-1927), [late 20th century]; press cuttings and ephemera, [1920s]-[1940s]; records relating to easements and grants of rights for public works to Glyncorrwg UDC from railway companies, 1866-1972, including deeds of agreement relating to Glyncorrwg, deeds relating to Llangynwyd, copies of railway acts and correspondence"


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

  • Glyncorrwg Community Council records  1972-1991    "......... including minutes, 1977-1985; correspondence, 1986-1991; planning applications, 1985-1991; photocopies of tithe records, [late 20th century]."  
  • Glyncorwg School, records      "Records of Glyncorrwg National School and Glyncorrwg School, 1869-1977, including log books, 1869-1977; HMI reports, 1948; letters, 1931-1949; Board of Education memoranda, 1926-1940."    "..........opened in about 1867. It was run by the National Society and provided an Anglican education. By 1885 the one room, one teacher school was inadequate to cope with its 250 pupils. Glyncorrwg School Board was formed under the Education Act 1870 and it replaced the National School with a new school, opened in 1885."

Social Life & Customs

Social Life in Glyncorrwg. Part of the Ramblers Cymru Glyncorrwg eTrail. The information within this audio piece was obtained from PhD research carried out by Gareth Davies. Read by Sam Lewis.- on the People's Collection Wales site