Blaengwrach, Neath Port Talbot
Blaengwrach is a parish.
BLAEN-GWRACH, a chapelry, in the parish of Glyn-Corwg, union and hundred of Neath, county of Glamorgan, South Wales, 10 miles (N. E. by E.) from Neath. The village is situated near the head of the vale of Neath, which is here seen in all its varied and romantic beauty. The striking character of the scenery, abounding with luxuriant verdure, is heightened by contrast with the sterile brow of a lofty mountain, marked with rocky declivities indented by numerous deep fissures, through which, after heavy rains or rapid thaws, the waters rush down in impetuous torrents, exhibiting a scene of grandeur and sublimity. The river Gwrach, from which the village takes its name, swollen with the mountain streams that fall into its channel, frequently overflows its banks, and inundates the adjacent meadows, which become one entire sheet of water. The chapel is small, not being more than thirty-two feet in length and ten in breadth. There is a place of worship for Socinians, which is one of the oldest in the principality.
Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. Several Internet sites list names or indexes to the records, including:
Census for the entire country was started in 1841 and continued every ten years. The most recent census available to the public is 1911. Learn more about these records by reading the census article.
Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library. The first film number is 464330.
Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Glamorgan Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.
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- Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (1849), pp. 88-92. Adapted. Date accessed: 16 January 2014.