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"COLWINSTON, or, TRE COLLWYN, in the Cwmwd of Maenor Glynn Ogwr, Cantref of Cron Nedd (now called the Hundred of Ogmore),County of GLAMORGAN, South Wales: a discharged Vicarage, valued in the King's Books at £6..6..8; Patron, David Thomas, Esq.: Church dedicated to St. Michael. The Resident Population of this Parish, in 1801, was 235. The Money raised by the Parish Rates, in1803, was £101..6..10, at 1s. 6d. per acre. It is 4 m. W. N. W. from Cowbridge. This Parish contains between fourteen and fifteen hundred acres of inclosed Land, and 60 acres of common Pasture, called The Golden Mile. According to the Diocesan Report, in 1809, the yearly value of this Benefice, arising from Vicarial Tythes, and Augmentation, was £111..18..0. "
From: A Topographical Dictionary of The Dominion of Wales by Nicholas Carlisle, London, 1811.
"Colwinston is situated between Bridgend and Cowbridge. Once a small village with a few farms, now some 200 houses exist, but it is still in a rural setting.
The 12th century church of St Michael and All Angels was restored in 1879, and once came under the jurisdiction of Ewenny Priory until the dissolution of the priory in 1539. It has a stained glass window in memory of Gordon Fairfax Lougher Prichard and other memorials to the Thomas and Prichard families. Also a mural wall painting 600 years old depicting the enthronement of Thomas a Beckett, and St Vitus who was boiled in oil at the age of twelve. The tower houses a pre-Reformation bell, and an old stone preaching cross can be found in the churchyard. Some people can still remember the barrows, or ancient burial sites, in the village, the relics taken from which can be found in the British Museum.
Near the manor house, Pwllywrach, just on the outskirts of the village are said to be the ruins of kennels. The huntsman in charge of a pack of hounds left them for a few days without food, to enjoy the pleasures of drink. On his return the hounds, being so hungry, tore him apart. The cries of this huntsman and the baying of the hounds are said still to be heard in the vicinity today!"
NB The village information above is taken from The Glamorgan Village Book, written by members of the Glamorgan Federation of Women's Institutes and published by Countryside Books."
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