Fonmon in the Parish of Penmark


" Fonmon, Fontygary, Tredogan, Burton and Nurston are other hamlets in the parish"  [From  Kelly's South Wales Directory 1923  (ArchiveCDBooks)  - transcribed by Gareth Hicks]



References to the village of Fonmon at


Description & Travel

You can see pictures of Fonmon in the Parish of Penmark which are provided by:



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



Fonmon Castle family;
In the graveyard of All Saints church, Braunston, Northamptonshire, is an elaborate grave-stone outside the east end of the church, 'In memory of Rear Admiral Oliver John Jones RN, second son of Major General Oliver Thomas Jones and grandson of Robert Jones of Fonmon Castle, Glamorgan'. Died at Westfield House, Braunston 11th January 1878 aged 64. Stone erected by his wife, Anna Maria Louisa
Searching the web finds a reference to a Captain Oliver John Jones RN (half-pay captain) active land-based brigade quelling Indian mutiny 1857 (contributed by Alan Dent, May 2003)


Historical Geography

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



Fonmon Castle - on Castle Wales

Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site

  • RCAHMW colour transparency showing Fonmon Castle, taken by RCAHMW 1991 
  • Photograph of Fonmon Village pool, taken by Ronald Reynolds in the early 20th century.

Land & Property

  • Fonmon Castle estate, (St John, Jones, Oliver and Boothby families)
    17th cent - 20th cent: deeds 17th-19th cent, estate papers, 17th-19th cent, family papers 17th-20th cent, legal papers, 17th-19th cent, household papers 17th-19th cent
    [Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff - Reference: D/DF]

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

  • Fonmon Castle Estate, records       "Surveys, 1650-1775, rentals, 1633-1811, and accounts, 1642-1822, of the Fonmon estate and the Boverton estate; deeds and settlements, 1612-[c. 1838]; law suits, [c. 1651]-1847, including several brought against Colonel Philip Jones after the Restoration; probate records, 1667-1840; correspondence, 1649-1912; vouchers, [c. 1649]-1840; court books, court rolls, etc., of Glamorgan manors, 1623-1770; records of manors in Monmouthshire, 1579-1784, Gloucestershire, [17th century], and Hampshire, 1580; letters from John and Charles Wesley, 1745-1787; drawings and plans, 1784-[c. 1881], including a plan of an action between the French and English fleets on 12 April 1782 [Battle of the Saintes?], 1784, a plan of the Bastille in Paris, [c. 1790], and a section of a proposed Channel Tunnel Railway, [19th century]; papers relating to Glamorgan and national politics, [c. 1712]-[c. 1886]; historical sketch of the parish of Penmark in the autograph of Edward Williams, 'Iolo Morganwg'; official correspondence, etc., addressed to Captain Oliver J. Jones serving in the East on HMS Shannon, 1860-1865; pedigree roll of Henry Mathew of Llandaf ,compiled by Thomas Johns of Tregaron, 'Twm Sion Catti', 1577; churchwardens' and highway accounts for the parish of Penmark, 1738-1801; papers relating to the Llandaff Diocesan Church Extension Society, 1850-1892; Glamorgan Quarter Sessions papers, 1867-1888; minutes of the Glamorgan Education Board, 1867-1876; and a register of the Company of Cordwainers and Glovers of Cardiff, 1783-1806.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference ST047676 (Lat/Lon: 51.399399, -3.37131), Fonmon in the Parish of Penmark which are provided by: