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Aberkenfig in the Parish of Newcastle

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"ABERKENFIG is an ecclesiastical parish formed in March, 1923; it consists mainly of one long street, on the road from Bridgend to Maesteg and the River Ogmore, half a mile south from Tondu railway station, 2 miles north from Bridgend. St. John's church, at Tondu, 3 miles north of Bridgend, is a building of stone in the Gothic style, erected at a cost of £2,000, ...  there are 350 sittings. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value £310, with residence, in the gift of the Bishop of Llandaff and the Board of Patronage, and held since 1920 by the Rev. Thomas Godfrey Gabriel M.A. of St. Catharine's College, Cambridge. Gas is supplied by the North's Navigation Collieries Limited, whose works are within half-a-mile. The Rural Sanitary Authority of Bridgend and Cowbridge (now the Pen-y-Bont Rural District Council) constructed works for a water supply in 1887, and the service reservoirs, containing 90,000 gallons, also supply the adjoining hamlet of Tondu; the water is obtained subsidiary drainage was carried out in 1901. There are Calvinistic Methodist, Baptist, Ebenezer and Wesleyan chapels. St. Robert's Catholic school chapel, a building in the Gothic style, was erected in 1879, and has sittings for 200 persons. Large brick works are situated here." [From  Kelly's South Wales Directory 1923  (ArchiveCDBooks)  - transcribed by Gareth Hicks]


Church History

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph of Aberkenfig, St John Parish Church  


Description and Travel

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




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

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Aberkenfig in the Parish of Newcastle 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

  • Aberkenfig, near Bridgend. c1900 `s
  • Aberkenfig Police Station Pandy Rd c 1910)


Park Slip Colliery, Aberkenfig on the Welsh Coal Mines site

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

  • National Coal Board. Park Slip Colliery        1893-[c. 1950]           "The Park Slip Colliery was owned by the Ogmore Coal and Iron Co. and situated at Aberkenfig, near Bridgend, Glamorgan. This drift mine began producing coal around 1864. During 1889, it was taken over by North's Navigation Co. In the early 1890s, a workforce of less than 200 men and boys was producing approximately 300 tons of coal a day from two faces working the Cribbwr seam. On 26th August 1892, 112 miners lost their lives in a major accident, commemorated by a monument at the site and 112 trees planted to the west of Fountain Pond. ........................................"