St Brides Minor


"ST. BRIDE'S MINOR, in the Cwmwd of Tir yr Hwndrwd, Cantref of Cron Nedd (now called the Hundred of Newcastle), County of GLAMORGAN, South Wales: a discharged Rectory, valued in the King's Books at £5..3..6 1/2: Patron, Thomas Wyndham, Esq., M.P. The Resident Population of this Parish, in 1801, (consisting of the Hamlets of Ynys Nawdre, and y Plwyf) was 359. The Money raised by the Parish Rates, in 1803, was, £90..3..3 1/4. It is 2 m. N. b. E. from Bridgend. This Parish contains about 2000 acres of Land; of which, about 500 acres are uncultivated. It is situate upon the River Ogwr. A good Vein of Coal is now working in the Parish. According to the Diocesan Report, in 1809, the yearly value of this Benefice, arising from Composition for Tythes, and Glebe Land, was £134..14..7." From: A Topographical Dictionary of The Dominion of Wales by Nicholas Carlisle, London, 1811.

"BRIDE'S (ST.) MINOR, a parish partly in the hundred of NEWCASTLE, and partly in that of OGMORE, county of GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES, 2 miles (N.) from Bridgend, containing 306 inhabitants. This parish is pleasantly situated on the river Ogmore, which, after running through it in a southerly direction, unites with the river Ewenny at its influx into the Bristol channel. The lands, with the exception of a comparatively small portion, are enclosed and in a good state of cultivation; and the surrounding country, which is in many parts highly picturesque, affords some pleasing mountain scenery and some interesting views. The soil is various, and coal of good quality is found in divers parts of the parish, and is worked with considerable success, affording employment to such of the inhabitants as are not engaged in agriculture. A tram-road front the coalworks in the neighbourhood passes through the parish, and communicates with the Bridgend and Porthcawl rail-road, by means of which the produce of the Works is conveyed to its destination. The living is a discharged rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Llandaf, rated in the king's books at £ 5. 3. 6 1/2., and in the patronage of the Earl of Dunraven. The church, dedicated to St. Bride, is a small neat building. There is a place of worship for Presbyterians. The average annual expenditure for the maintenance of the poor amounts to £ 103. 10. "(A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (1833) ) by Samuel Lewis

"YNYSA-WDRE (YNYS-Y-NAWDREF), a hamlet, in the parish of ST-BRIDE'S-MINOR, union of BRIDGEND-AND-COWBRIDGE, hundred of OGMORE, county of GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES, 9 miles (N.) from Bridgend; containing 117 inhabitants. This township, of which the name means "the Isle of nine habitations," is situated on the banks of the Ogmore, and is a distinct place, supporting its poor and appointing its own officers, but paying church-rates conjointly with the parish of St. Bride's-Minor, to which it is contiguous, being only separated by the river. It forms a part of the liberty of Ogmore, is within the jurisdiction of its coroner, and pays all fees and fealty to the lord of Ogmore manor. Here is a day school, in which about 25 children are instructed at the expense of their parents." [A Topographical Dictionary of Wales by Samuel Lewis 1833 © Mel Lockie 2016]



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

An on-line contents list of the book The History of the Llynfi Valley has been provided by Daniel Verkys.

An on-line index of the book Ogmore, Llynfi & Garw Valleys in Old Photographs has been provided by Huw Daniel


Church History

Chapels Database - a list of all known non-conformist chapels or other non-Anglican religions in the parish

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for photographs of various churches/chapels in this parish


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. Bride, and is in the Benefice of St. Brides Minor with Bettws. 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 SS897835.

A transcription of the registers is available from the Glamorgan Family History Society for the years: Baptisms, 1723-1900, Marriages, 1696-1837, Burials, 1723-1901.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
BaptismsMarriagesBurialsBannsBishops Transcripts
1723-1802, 1813-19491725-1730, 1634-19471723-1807, 1813-1942-1696, 1721, 1723-1816, 1819, 1821-1862, 1869-1873

The following Religious Institutions are covered in the Mormon International Genealogical Index (IGI) :-

  • St. Brides Minor, St. Bride - Christenings (BT's), 1813-1873

Description & Travel

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Transcript of name listing for Bridgend and district, from Slaters Directory for 1880.
BRIDGEND, Aberkenfig, Coity, Coychurch, Newcastle, Laleston, Llangan, Merthyr Mawr, Ewenny, Tythegston, St. Brides Minor, St. Brides Major, St. Mary Hill, Tondu, Pencoed, Peterstone-super-Montem, Southerndown, Ynysawdre



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


Historical Geography

Some of the hamlets, towns and villages within this parish

  • Cymdda
  • Sarn
  • Ynysawdre


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)

Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site

  • Map of the hamlet of St Brides Minor in the parish of St Brides Minor, Glamorganshire 
  • Map of the hamlet of Ynysawdre in the parish of St Brides Minor, Glamorganshire

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SS914843 (Lat/Lon: 51.547025, -3.567295), St Brides Minor which are provided by:


Names, Geographical

Places, villages, farms etc within St Brides Minoras 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 Gareth Hicks)

  • St Brides Minor (91); Abergarw; Brick Works; Bryncethin (village); Bryn-coch; Bryn Quills; Cefn Carfan; Cefncarfan-isaf; Coal Level; Cymdda; GWR; GWR Cardiff & Ogmore; Hendre-post; Heol-laethog; Hirwaun Common; Hospital; Lan; Ogmore (Ogwr) River; Ogmore (Ogwr) Valley; Pistyll-arian; Reservoir; Sarn fawr; St Brides Minor; Tir Isaf; Typica; Wern-dew; Ynys-las; Ynys-las-isaf;
  • Ynysawdre (92); Brynmenin; Colliery; Ogmore (Ogwr) Valley; Tondu (village); Ynysawdre.




The Population of St. Brides Minor was as follows, and a more detailed breakdown is available.

1841 - 4721851 - 6791861 - 8791871 - 1,1321881 - 1,7381891 - 2,120

Public Records

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

  • St Brides Minor Civil Parish records         " ....... comprising tithe apportionment, 1842; copy of tithe plan, 1943 [copied 1980]; rate books, 1884-1885; parish council minutes books, 1908-1968; community council minutes books, 1973-1980; copies of minutes, 1986-1990; attendance register, 1979-1988; precepts upon rating authority, 1966-1982"