"YSTRAD OWAIN, in the Cwmwd of Maenor Rhuthyn, Cantref of Pen y then (now called the Hundred of Cowbridge), County of GLAMORGAN, South Wales: a Perpetual Curacy, not in charge: Patron, The Chancellor of Llandaff: Church dedicated to St. Owain. The Resident Population of this Parish, in 1801, was 169. The Money raised by the Parish Rates, in l803, was £49..3..1, at 2s. 6d. in the pound. It is 3 m. N. b. E. from Cowbridge. This Parish contains 1000 acres of inclosed Land, and an extensive uninclosed Common.-The present worthy Minister, The Rev. RICHARD WILLIAMS, very obligingly adds, "There were standing, not many years ago, in a Field near the Village, two large, but rude monumental Stones, said to have been placed at the heads of the Graves of Owain ab Ithel and his Consort, and commonly called, The King and Queen Stones: but they have of late years been removed. Tal y Faen Castle, of which there are some remains, was one of the Castles belonging to the thirteen Peers of Glamorgan. It was granted by Sir Robert Fitz Hamon to Sir Richard de Seward, in whose Family it continued for many Generations, and from, whom it came by Marriage to the Dukes of Lancaster. It is still a part of the Duchy of Lancaster. In a Field adjoining the Church-yard, on the Western side, there is a very large Tumulus, of which no traditional account now remains."-According to the Diocesan Report, in 1809, the yearly value of this Benefice, arising from Stipend only, was £9. The Great Tythes belong to The Rev. Dr. Hunt, the present most worthy Chancellor of the Church of Llandaff." From: A Topographical Dictionary of The Dominion of Wales by Nicholas Carlisle, London, 1811.



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

References to Ystradowen in the British Library



Indexed transcription of monumental inscriptions at Ystradowen Churchyard by Phil Mustoe.

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

  • Parish Church of St. Owain


Trerhyngyll is included in the 1851 Census of Llanblethian




Church History

Glamorgan Chapels Database - no non-conformist chapels found in this parish

From Kelly's South Wales Directory 1923  (ArchiveCDBooks)  - transcribed by Gareth Hicks

  • The church of St. Owain is a modern building of stone, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and a western turret, with saddleback roof, containing one bell: there are 70 sittings.  ... The living is a rectory, net yearly value £205, and residence, in the gift of the Bishop of Llandaff and the Board of Patronage."

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. Owain, and is in the Benefice of Cowbridge Details of the present incumbent of this benefice can be found at the Church in Wales website. The church can be found at grid reference ST011777.

A transcription of the registers is available from the Glamorgan Family History Society for the years: Baptisms, 1696-1904, Marriages, 1697-1837, Burials, 1696-1927.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
BaptismsMarriagesBurialsBannsBishops Transcripts
1761-19731754-19711761-19741754-1818, 1925-19701696, 1725-1741, 1743, 1745-1837

Description & Travel

Ystradowen Motte - on Castle Wales

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Transcript of name listing for Cowbridge, and neighbouring parishes from Commercial and Trade Directories, for the years:-

1850(Slaters Directory) 1858-1859(Slaters Directory)
1880(Slaters Directory)   


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

Description of parish from A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (1833) by Samuel Lewis.


Historical Geography

Some of the hamlets, towns and villages within this parish

  • Trerhyngyll


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



 Plan of Ystradowen parish in the County of Glamorgan - on the People's Collection Wales site

Parish map (Kain/Oliver)

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference ST015780 (Lat/Lon: 51.492444, -3.420825), Ystradowen which are provided by:


Names, Geographical

Places, villages, farms etc within Ystradowen 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)

  • Ystradowen [108]; - Ash Hall, Bwlch-gwyn, Caeau, Caer Gwyr AM, Castell Tal-y-fan (site of) AM, Coed y Tranches, Crofta, Dan-y-lan, Efald, Fforest fach, Fforest fawr, Greenfield, Llwyn-du, Llwyn-nwydog, Morfa Ystradowen, MUR Y LLENGAU, Mynydd y Fforest, Ty Maen, Ty-chwith, Tyn y tranches, Ystradowen.


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 Weekly Mail 20th February 1886

YSTRADOWEN. SlR JOSEPH SPEARMAN AND HIS TENANTS.—At the rent audit of Sir Joseph Spearman's tenants on Monday last the hon, baronet made a reduction of 15 per cent. all round in consequence of the badness of the times.

  •  From The Cardiff Times 14th July 1883

YSTRADOWEN. FATAL ACCIDENT.—On Tuesday an inqoest was held at Tringill Farm, by Mr E. B. Reece, coroner, on the body of Thomas John, son of Mr David John, Tringill, farmer. It appeared from the evidence that deceased was assisting in hauling hay on Saturday last, and while the wagon was returning from the rickyard to the field deceased was riding on the shafts of the wagon. The leading horse was not going fast enough in the opinion of the deceased, and be jumped down to whip him, and while trying to get back on the shaft he fell, and both wheels passed over his body, which caused his death in about half-an- hour afterwards. He was about 12 years old. The jury returned a verdict that the deceased died from the effects of the injuries received

  •  From The Glamorgan Gazette 12th May 1916

YSTRADOWEN. CHURCH HALL.—The new Church Hall was opened with a cinema entertainment given by Rev. I. Roberts, M.A., R.D., Vicar of Cowbridge, and his assistants. The films were both instructive and amusing, and were fully appreciated by the large audience. The proceeds will be devoted towards liquidating; the debt which still remains on the building.

  • From The Glamorgan Gazette 20th April 1917

YSTRADOWEN. An Entertainment was held at the Church Hall on Thursday last week with, the object of raising money to support the Prisoners of War- Fund. The majority of the artistes were juveniles, who entertained a full audience with their recitations, dialogues, and songs. They were supported by Messrs. Hooper, Wareham, and Webster, to whom thanks are due. In spite of certain opposition, the promoters had to contend with, a sum of £3 6s. was realised, and has been sent to help the above fund.

  • From the South Wales Daily News 8th December 1873

YSTRADOWEN PLOUGHING MATCH. This match, which took place on Thursday on some fields adjoining the railway station at Ystradowen, was the first competition of Its kind in this particular locality. It was highly successful. There were some hundreds assembled to witness it, and about 150 sat down to an excellent dinner in a tent under the management of Mr. Davies, White Lion, Ystradowen    ....(part extract)....



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

1841 - 1961851 - 2211861 - 2481871 - 2321881 - 2221891 - 215

Public Records

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

  • Ystradowen Civil Parish records    " .......... comprising overseers account books, 1785-1895; agricultural notebook, 1873-1891; tithe plan and apportionment, 1848; bastardy bonds, 1793-1813; charity records, 1858-1893; churchwardens rates, 1860-1867; miscellaneous papers, 1842-1892"