"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)