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England & Wales Hardwicke Marriage Index
Marriages 1754 - 1837
Merthyr Mawr St Teilo


The Parish

The parish of Merthyr Mawr lies in southern Glamorgan forming a stretch of the county's coastline with the outer Bristol Channel. Merthy Mawr is located about 2 miles southwest of the industrial town of Bridgendand sits just over a mile south of the A48 road which connects Cardiff with Swansea. Merthyr Mawr is a small place little more than a hamlet which sits on the western banks of the Afon Ogwr close to where it reaches the sea. Merthyr Mawr's claim to fame is its extensive stretch of sand dunes, Merthyr Mawr Warren which stretch for over 2 miles along the coast westwards from the mouth of the Ogwr, haven for wildlife and a joy for coastal strollers. In land not inundated by sand there was a typical pastoral economy exploiting the salt-tolerant coastal grazing, supplemented by the usual coastal activities of fishing, shell-fishing and wildfowling. The Ogwr head the short distance to drain the parish to the nearby outer Bristol Channel. Merthyr Mawr is sited at just 10 metres above the sea, land rises inland to reach just over 80 metres to the west of Bridgend. Containing as its does the Warren, the parish acreage was fairly large for a lowland Glamorgan parish, covering close to 2,600 acres it would have supported a population of around 150 parishioners. Like most of Wales Merthyr Mawt is not mentioned in Domesday Book which did not cover this area. 

The Church

Merthyrmawr Road is a narrow lane winding through the hamlet to a car park on the edge of the Warren, St Teilo's church sits on its northern side. Sadly this is not the venue for the marriages listed here as it was built between 1849 and 1851 as a replacement church. Designed by a fellow-pupil to Pugin in an Early English Gothic style it is typical of that school's design work presenting the Gothic as the style of choice for religious buildings. A simple church of nave & chancel topped by a western bellcote, the latter carrying a spirelet it is traditional looking but modern at the same time. Despite the lane being narrow there is a half-circle parking area to the east of the site allowing visitors to get off-road adequately and from where a shady lychgate leads to the churchyard. The site has a few trees scattered about but these can be easily avoided by the photographer.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
15th May 1756 - 28th January 1796
Glamorgan Archives - Cardiff - Reference P99CW/1
Plain, unruled book, a continuation of the extant composite register in contravention of Hardwicke's segregation & wording requirements
Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads
2 15th May 1796 - 30th December 1811 Glamorgan Archives - Cardiff - Reference P99CW/2 Standard preprinted and self-numbered combined Banns & Marriage register with 4 entries per page Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None
3 11th July 1813 - 7th May 1836 Glamorgan Archives - Cardiff - Reference P99CW/3 Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 1 Register - Few issues noted and a low likelihood of misreads None

Newton Nottage St John the Baptist
Tythegston St Tydwg
Laleston St David
Newcastle St Illtyd
Newton Nottage St John the Baptist
Coity St Mary

St Brides Major St Bridget

1760 1770 1780 1790 1800 1810 1820 1830

Register Reference Date Groom Forename Groom Surname Groom Status Groom Abode Bride Forename Bride Surname Bride Status Bride Abode
2 15/05/1756 David MORGAN Wenlian JOHN Single
3 06/11/1756 Edward DAVID Margaret MORGAN Single
4 20/06/1757 Philip PRICE Florence RICHARD Widow
5 21/03/1758 William REES Elizabeth JENKIN Single
6 16/11/1759 Thomas DAVID Pyle Anne JENKIN Single
7 14/05/1760 Miles BOWEN Mary THOMAS Single Coity
8 15/05/1760 Richard DAWKINS Coity Christien BOWEN Widow
9 16/01/1765 John DAVID Laleston Anne EVAN Single
10 05/09/1765 William DAWKIN Llanelly, Carmarthenshire Christien DAWKEN Widow
11 13/01/1766 Samuel DAVID Widower Mary DAVID Single
12 23/04/1766 Edward MAN Christian DAWKIN Widow
13 19/05/1766 Robert THOMAS Margaret DAVID Single
14 16/05/1767 William JOHN Llanharan Elinor JENKIN Single
15 01/07/1767 Thomas JONES Newland, Gloucestershire Christian MANN Widow
16 04/04/1770 David MILES Elizabeth PRICE Single
17 07/05/1770 John LEWIS Sarah LEWIS Single
18 24/05/1770 Edward MASON Elizabeth WILLIAMS Single
19 01/06/1771 John JENKIN Mary MILES Single
20 01/06/1771 John JENKIN Mary BOWEN Single
20 04/05/1773 Thomas GRONNOW Widower St Brides Major Mary GRIFFITH Single
21 09/02/1776 David GOYDER Single Anne JONES Single
22 07/03/1776 Edward DAVID Single Anne JOHN Single
23 30/05/1779 Edward JOHN Sarah CHARPET Single
24 05/11/1779 William JONES Widower Mary WATKINS Single
25 10/11/1779 Rees LLEWELYN Single Elizabeth JOHN Single
26 04/06/1780 William THOMAS Single Laleston Wenllian MORGAN Single
27 09/05/1781 David JENKIN Single Tythegston Catherine JOHN Single
28 03/10/1781 Robert JENKIN Single Laleston Jane THOMAS Single
29 20/10/1781 William DEER Widower Mary JOHN Single
30 02/08/1782 Edward REES Single Mary EVAN Single
31 13/05/1783 Morgan THOMAS Single Tythegston Alice DAVID Single
32 13/09/1783 John REES Coychurch Mary FRANCIS Single
33 25/10/1783 David LEWIS St Mary Hill Catherine JONES Single
34 16/02/1784 Thomas REES Llansannor Margaret DAVID Single
25 21/02/1784 Jenkin DAVID Single Margaret ADAMS Single St Brides Major
29/04/1788 William MORGAN Single St Brides Major Catherine DAVID
17/02/1789 James LEWIS Single Martha LLOYD Single
11/04/1789 Thomas MAGER Single St Brides Major Jane MORGAN Single
30/05/1790 William WILLIAMS Single St Hilary Cathrine REYNOLDS
07/03/1791 Edward MORGAN Single Mary CROSS Single
02/05/1791 John LEYSON Single Laleston Jennet DAVID Single
29/05/1791 William STAFFORD Newton Nottage Ann JONES Single
30/06/1792 Cornelius CROSS Widower Jane MILES Single
16/12/1792 Thomas MATHERS Single Anne NICHOLAS Single
06/05/1793 David MILES Widower Mary LEWIS Single Newton Nottage
25/10/1794 Thomas RICHARDS Single Coity Margaret ROBERT
28/01/1796 Evan THOMAS Single Coity Catherine HOWEL Single
1 15/05/1796 John RICHARDSON Widower Catherine BOWEN Widow
2 12/09/1796 Thomas LEWELLYN Single Mary WILLIAM Single
3 11/11/1796 Thomas THOMAS Margam Anne DAVID
4 19/03/1797 William HOWEL Single Margam Isod DAVID Single
5 30/07/1797 Thomas JENKINS Single Hesther SMITH Single
6 22/10/1800 Evan CROSS Single Catherine SMITH Single
7 01/05/1801 Rees JONES Widower Mary REES Single
8 27/06/1802 Thomas JONES Single Elizabeth JOHN Single
9 31/12/1803 James JONES Single Barbara JENKIN Single
02/04/1804 John LOYD Single Rachel JENKINS Single
29/09/1804 Evan LEWELLYN St Fagans Cecil JENKIN Single
02/11/1805 William LEWIS Single Ann CROSS Single St Brides Major
26/04/1806 Edward MORGAN Widower Mary MORGAN Single
26/06/1806 John WILLIAMS Single Gwenllian DAVID Single
28/06/1806 Thomas WILLIAMS Single Elizabeth LEWELLYN Widow
18/07/1807 John MORGAN Single Llysworney Sarah JOHN Single
03/12/1807 William BUTTLER Single St Brides Major Gwenllian THOMAS Single
25/03/1809 John ELIAS Single Catharine DAVID Single
26/06/1809 William FABIAN Laleston Margaret LEWIS Single
01/10/1809 David LLOYD Single Mary NICHOLLS Single
30/12/1811 Abraham WHYATT Single Rachel JOHN Single
1 11/07/1813 David LEWELLYN Single Mary HUGHES Single
2 17/04/1817 Evan JONES Widower Elizabeth MATTHEWS Single
3 04/04/1818 William GRIFFITH Single Margam Mary ROBERT Single
4 29/08/1818 Thomas LEWELYN Single Catharine TANNER Single
5 07/10/1819 Benjamin MARTIN Single Mary HARRY Single
6 11/08/1821 John LEYSON Widower St Brides Major Mary MILES Widow
7 11/05/1822 William JONES Single Neath Margaret JONES Single
8 05/10/1822 William GRIFFITH Single Llangennith Elizabeth COOK Single
9 03/05/1823 Rees JONES Widower Mary LEWIS Single
10 20/05/1823 Thomas JACKSON Single St Brides Major Elizabeth HOWELL Single
11 30/12/1823 Thomas ARTHUR Single Coity Gwenllian WILLIAM Single
12 07/04/1824 Jenkin REES Widower Penllyn Sarah THOMAS Single
13 12/06/1824 David JAMES Single Bettws Mary LEWIS Single
14 04/07/1824 Daniel MORGAN Single Newport, Monmouthshire Jane DONNE Single
15 25/11/1826 Thomas THOMAS Single St Brides Major Ann GRIFFITH Single
16 04/02/1827 Thomas WILLIAM Widower Gwenllian WILLIAM Single
17 03/05/1828 Thomas EDWARD Widower St Brides Major Mary DAVID Single
18 04/08/1828 Thomas HOPKIN Single Newton Nottage Elizabeth HOWELLS Single
19 24/09/1829 Charles Scott LUXMOORE Single Bromyard, Herefordshire Katherine NICHOLL Single
20 10/05/1830 William PETERS Single Llangyfelach Catharine HOWELLS Single
21 11/09/1830 Llewelyn ROBERT Single Pyle Mary BUTLER Single
22 23/05/1831 Morgan NICHOLAS Single Ann REES Single
23 04/06/1833 John WILLIAMS Single St Georges Super Ely Jane HARRIS Widow
24 10/01/1836 Thomas LLEWELLYN Widower Coity Mary WILLIAMS Widow
25 07/05/1836 James CLARK Widower St George Hanover Sq, Westminster, Middlesex Catherine EVANS Single

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