St Nicholas: A Glamorganshire Parish
Neil Walklate Other books by Neil Walklate
This book outlines the history of the parish of St Nicholas in the Vale of Glamorgan, starting thousands of years ago with the magnificent megalithic chamber at Tinkinswood as evidence of an early highly organised and sophisticated culture.
Straddling the main artery of communication across the county of Glamorgan, the village settlement has witnessed a succession of intrusions including the Romans and the Normans, the arrival of an elite gentry, skilled and impoverished migrants from Ireland and the West Country and finally 20th- and 21st-century commuters.
The reader will find detailed information about houses and farms of the parish and their occupants. The workings of the vestry in administering to the poor, maintaining highways and the fabric of the church and upholding the law are dealt with at length.
The families - the Earls, Powells and Wrights - provide evidence of local industry and enterprise in a changing world. There is also a glimpse of what might have been with the proposed garden-village development of Glyn-Cory.
"Very few villages have the good fortune to be the subject of such meticulous research into their origin, history, culture and heritage as St Nicholas has by Neil Walklate. The book will be of great interest to those who live, or have ancestors who lived, in the parish; to those who have a passion for their own 'backyard' and have contemplated doing similar research; and to everyone who is interested in the countryside and the past." - Beryl Thomas, Gwales
"This book has so many excellent features. St Nicholas now joins the select group of rural parishes in Glamorgan that have a published history worth reading." - Brian James - Morgannwg: The Journal of Glamorgan History