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 27th June 1890
ST. ATHAN. DRUM AND FIFE BAND.—It is pleasing to note that this band is making very satisfactory progress, the bandmaster (Mr T. Griffiths) indefatigable in his exertions to bring members to a state of efficiency.
SCHOOL CONCERT.—On Friday evening last the children of St. Athan School gave a highly successful entertainment before a crowded audience at the schoolroom. ...(part extract)....
- From the Barry Dock News 26th September 1890
ST. ATHAN. FATALITY TO A LABOURER.—An inquest was held at Castleton Farm, St. Athan, on Wednesday last-before Mr E. B. Reece, coroner-on the body of a young man named James Plank, a farm labourer, in the employ of Mr Iltyd Williams, Castleton Farm, St. Athan. It appears that deceased was unloading a load of barley from a wagon. He was on the top of the wagon, and slid down a pole near the rick. Pointed irons were fixed in the pole to wind the ropes ...(part extract)....
- From the Barry Dock News 8th January 1904
ST. ATHAN. SOUTH GLAMORGAN REPRESENTATION. Mr W. Brace, the Liberal-Labour candidate for South Glamorgan, addressed a well-attended meeting at St. Athan on Tuesday evening last. On the proposition of Mr W. Searle, seconded by Mr W. Hopkins, a resolution was passed condemnatory of the Government and Mr Chamberlain's fiscal policy.
- From the Barry Dock News 6th October 1893
ST. ATHAN. SELLING ADULTERATED WHISKY.—AT Cowbridge District Police-court on Tuesday last (before Mr Gibbon and Colonel Tyler), Catherine Smallridge, of the Three Horse Shoes public- house, St. Athan, was fined 30s for selling adulterated whisky on the 28th ultimo.
- From the Evening Express (Extra Special Edition) 24th March 1906
BURGLARS AT ST ATHAN The railway stations of the Barry and Taff Vale Companies at St. Athan, in the Vale of' Glamorgan, have been visited by burglars, but, although considerable damage was done, no money was taken.
- From the Evening Express (Pink Edition) 22nd July 1907
SHARK STRANDED NEAR ST ATHAN A baby shark was caught cm Sunday in the mullet pool. Limpet Bay, a mile and a quarter from St. Athan. The shark measured between 3ft. and 4ft.
- From the Evening Express (Third Edition) 30th August 1907
SPORTS AT ST. ATHAN. The Docks Conservatives held their fifth annual picnic at St. Athan. The attendance numbered about 200. Athletic sports were held in the Acre Field, and some capital racing ensued. ...(part extract)....
- From The Cardiff Times 27th January 1877
ST. ATHAN. MILDNESS OF THE WEATHER.—A correspondent writes —The weather has been exceedingly mild here this season. Last week a gentleman picked in a field some cowslips, looking as fresh and as healthy as the pretty little flower does in the summer months. The grass is growing just as it generally grows in the months of April and May. Farmers, who were much alarmed at the commencement of winter, owing to the scarcity of fodder, have had their fears set at rest by the extraordinary mild weather which we have so far had, and subsequently animals have remained out much longer than usual.