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Step Back: St Nicholas, a Glamorganshire Village

posted 19 Aug 2012, 10:21 by Ian Perry
A book covering the history of St Nicholas has just been published by former St Nicholas resident Neil Walklate.

The 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.

It also includes 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.

Available now from the Cowbridge Bookshop or online.

ISBN: 9781847714152