"PORTH CERI, in the Cwmwd of Is Caeth, Cantref of Brenhinol (now called the Hundred of Dinas Powys), County of GLAMORGAN, South Wales a discharged Rectory valued in the King's Books at £7..8..1 1/2: Patron, John Edwards, Esq. The Resident Population of this Parish, in 1801, was 99. The Money raised by the Parish Rates, in 1803, was £25..6..2, at 8d. per acre. It is 12 m. S.W. from Caerdiff. This Parish contains 660 acres of Land, all inclosed. It is situate upon the Bristol Channel; the Name implying, The Harbour of Ceri. According to the Diocesan Report, in 1809, the yearly value of this Benefice arising from Tythes, and Rent of Glebe, was £138..19..8. " From: A Topographical Dictionary of The Dominion of Wales by Nicholas Carlisle, London, 1811.

"PORTHKERRY (PORTH-CERI), a parish in the hundred of DINAS-POWIS, county of GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES, 8 miles (S. E.) from Cowbridge, containing 109 inhabitants. This place derives its name, signifying the port of Ceri, from its situation on a small harbour of the Bristol channel, which is entered by vessels of inconsiderable burden, for the purpose of shipping the limestone which is quarried in the neighbourhood. Ceri, from whom the harbour received its name, was the great grandfather of the celebrated Caradog, or Caractacus ; but in what respect that chieftain was connected with this place does not appear. The manor formed part of the allotment of Sir John St. John, of Fonmon castle, one of Fitz-Hamon's knights, and, after passing through various hands, ultimately came into the possession of the late Sir Samuel Romilly, whose heirs are the present proprietors. The parish comprises but a very small tract of land, the whole of which is enclosed and in a good state of cultivation. The living is a discharged rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Llandaf, rated in the king's books at £7. 8. 1 1/2., and in the patronage of the heirs of the late Sir Samuel Romilly. The church, dedicated to St. Curig, is not remarkable for any architectural details ; but in the churchyard is a handsome cross, in tolerably good preservation. There is a small charitable bequest to the poor of this parish by an unknown benefactor. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor amounts to £63. 16." ( A Topographical Dictionary of Wales by Samuel Lewis 1833)



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



The Glamorgan Family History Society have produced a set of microfiche containing Monumental Inscriptions for the following burial grounds :-

  • Parish Church of St. Curig



Church History

Glamorgan Chapels Database - a  list of all known non-conformist chapels or other non-Anglican religions in the parish, here is the only  reference found for one such chapel in this parish

  • [Porthkerry]  1819, January 4; Baptist; the dwelling-house of Phillip Harbert, being a part of the estate of the late Sir Samuel Rumily, and called Ty Isha; the said Phillip Harbert, William Edward, David Evans, Thomas Phillip
    Dissent in the Counties of Glamorgan and Monmouth by Hywel D Emanuel

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. Curig, is in the Benefice of Penmark with Porthkerry, 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 ST083666.

A transcription of the registers is available from the Glamorgan Family History Society for the years: Baptisms, 1724-1899, Marriages, 1724-1836, Burials, 1724-1902.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
1776-1969 1754-1811, 1815-1836, 1841-1983 1776-1985 1824-1908 1724-1749, 1751, 1753-1755, 1757-1758, 1760-1777, 1779-1837

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

  • Porthkerry Ecclesiastical Parish records         "........ including registers of baptisms, 1776-1969; marriages, 1754-1983; banns, 1824-1908; burials, 1776-1985; records relating to property, 1926-1931; churchwardens, 1818-1877; vestry, 1841-1885; tithe, 1844"

Description & Travel

Porthkerry Park - on Wikipedia

Conservation areas within the Vale of Glamorgan. See Porthkerry - "Conservation areas are areas of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance"

You can see pictures of Porthkerry which are provided by:



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


Historical Geography

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



Description and image of Barry Castle, Porthkerry at www.castlewales.com by Jeff Thomas



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)

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference ST080671 (Lat/Lon: 51.395268, -3.323407), Porthkerry which are provided by:


Names, Geographical

Places, villages, farms etc within Porthkerry 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 Glenys Travis)

  • Porthkerry [172] - The Bulwarks, Castle Rock, Dams Bay, The Dams, Lime Works, Lower Porthkerry, Old Castle at Rhoose (remains of) AM, Porthkerry Ho, Porthkerry, Rhoose Point, Rhoose, Viaduct :
  • PORTHKERRY (DET)- Beggarswell, Cwm Fm.


There are many references to this area in the 15 million Welsh and English language articles from Welsh newspapers transcribed by the NLW and viewable on Welsh Newspapers Online
Below are English language articles that have been re-transcribed and extracted randomly to illustrate what is available, there are many that are not extracted here that include names of local people

  • From the Barry Dock News 2nd October 1891

PORTHKERRY. POLITICAL GATHERING.—On Friday afternoon last Mrs John Cory gave an "at home" to the members of the Cardiff Women's Liberal Association at Porthkerrry House. It was not a meeting of pleasure only, but the social part of the gathering went hand in hand with practical work, and as a result the Liberal cause in Cardiff should be all the stronger. Porthkerry, the residence of Mr and Mrs John Cory, is a delightful country mansion, of fair proportions, in well wooded and extensive grounds, and commanded a splendid view of the channel. From the gravelled terrace immediately in front of the old-fashioned good-sized windows the greensward slopes rapidly down for about fifty yards to the edge of the channel, and the view is entirely unobstructed save here and there by a shrub or the branches of a tree   .....(part extract).....

  •  From the Barry Dock News 24th August 1894

PORTHKERRY. BAND OF HOPE DEMONSTRATION.—A demonstration of nearly two thousand members of bands of hope from Cardiff enjoyed an excursion visit, to Porthkerry Park on Wednesday last, being conveyed to and from their destination by means of excursion trains over the Barry Railway, and the visitors were greatly interested with the pleasureable trip to this beautiful neighbourhood.

  • From the Barry Dock News 1st May 1891

PORTHKERRY. THE LATE REV. JOHN WESLEY.—It will interest many of our readers to know that the Rev. John Wesley preached to a large congregation at Porthkerry on the morning of Monday, the 19th of October, 1740, his text being "When they had nothing to pay He frankly forgave them both."

  •  From the Barry Dock News 14th August 1891

BARRY AND PORTHKERRY. INTERESTING HISTORICAL SKETCH. In the current issue of The St. Peter's Chair, a popular and edifying-monthly magazine published in connection with St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church, Cardiff, the following highly interesting sketch on Barry and Porthkerry appears from the able pen of Mr Frank Bright:— "Having spent some of the few sunny hours of this summer amidst the beauties of Barry (its natural beauties I mean), I would fain lead other poor, jaded Cardiffians to know of a charming district which lies at their very doors      .....(part extract).....



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

1841 - 120 1851 - 146 1861 - 168 1871 - 153 1881 - 129 1891 - 145

Public Records

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

  • Porthkerry Civil Parish records                 " ........ comprising assistant overseers rate book, 1926; assistant overseers receipt and payment book, 1919-1927; copy of tithe plan and apportionment, c1840"