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Location: 51°25’30"N, 3°25’5"W
Post town: Barry
Postcode: CF62
Dialling code: 01446
Local Government
Council: Vale of Glamorgan
Vale of Glamorgan

Flemingston is a small village and ancient parish in Glamorgan. It is located 3½ miles south-east of Cowbridge and 8½ miles north-west by road from Barry. The River Thaw flows to the east across Flemingston Moor; excavations on the moor have unearthed some pottery dated to the 12th-13th centuries.[1] The Nant y Stepsau also flows to the south-west.

It contains the Church of St Michael the Archangel, the ruins of Flemingston Court, and Flemingston Manor or Grange, all of which are listed buildings. Historically, the parish of Flemingston was a sub-manor of Aberthaw or St Athan.[2]


Flemingston village derives its name from the family of Fleming, who possessed St George's castle and lordship. Its ancient name in the Welsh language is Lanmihangel y Twyn, or as it was afterwards called, Michaelston Le Mont.[3]


The Fleming family descended from Sir John le Fleming.[4] Robert Fitzhamon is said to have bestowed upon him the manors of St George, Wenvoe, Flemingston, and Llanmaes. Fleming was married to Amicia, daughter of Baldwin Magnus, Lord of Whitney. Fleming gave the manors of Flemingston and Constantine Walles to a younger son. In 1317, Flemingston was held by Philip le Fleming. It continued in his descendants until, on failure of issue male, William Fleming sold the estate to Lewis Thomas of Bettws;[5] while an alternate account states that the le Fleming line ended in an heiress, who married a Thomas, of Llanfihangel, through whom a sale of the property was made to the Wyndhams of Dunraven.[2]

Notable landmarks

The following landmarks are listed historic buildings:[6] Church of St Michael the Archangel (grade II*), Flemingston Court Farmhouse (II*), Detached Kitchen at Flemingston Court (II), Garden Wall and House Ruins at Flemingston Manor (II), Combination farm buildings at Flemingston Court Farm (II), Telephone Call-Box north of parish church (II) and Gregory Farm / Yr Hen Fferm Dy (II).

Church of St Michael the Archangel

This stone church with a slate roof was built upon 11th century foundations. Although most of the church dates to the 19th century, some remains of the 14th-century church remain.[1] It became a Grade II* listed building on June 18, 2002. The church contains a monumental stone slab bearing a full-length effigy of a lady, probably dating from the 14th century. The name "Elizabeth" can be made out, and she may be a member of the Fleming family.[7] Some castle remains adjoin the churchyard.[8]

Flemingston Court and Garden Wall

Flemingston Court dates to the first half of the 16th century and possibly functioned as a rectory or steward or farm manager's house. Flemingston Court Farmhouse dates to the 16th century and is a two-storey rubble and slate roof building. It contains eaves, gables, stone end stacks, a font stack, and an exposed chimney breast. Additional features are its windows, casements, moulded stone mullions, and drip-moulds. It became a Grade II* listed building on June 18, 2002. Its barn dates to the mid 19th century. The detached kitchen building, which became a Grade II listed building on June 18 2003, dates to the early 16th century and may have been part of a later 17th-century renovation.[1]

Yr Hen Fferm Dy

Yr Hen Fferm Dy, also known as Gregory Farm, has a white painted rubble farmhouse dated to the 17th century but refashioned in the 18th and 19th centuries.[1] It became a Grade II listed building on June 18, 2007. The rectory is located in the northern part of the village in a wooded garden and dates to the 19th century.[1] Rose Cottage is dated to the 16th or 17th century, built from rubble stone, with a thatched roof and "eyebrow windows".[1]

Notable people

The poet, Iolo Morganwg (Edward Williams; 1747-1826), was from Flemingston.[9][10] Homeschooled by his mother, he learned to read by watching his father carve words on tombstones.[11]


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  2. 2.0 2.1 Green, Charles Alfred Howell (1906). Notes on churches in the Diocese of Llandaff (PUblic domain ed.). T.E. Smith. pp. 135–. https://books.google.com/books?id=_ycLAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA135. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  3. Malkin, Benjamin Heath (1807). The scenery, antiquities and biography of South Wales: from materials collected during two excursions in the year 1803 (Public domain ed.). Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme. pp. 195–. https://books.google.com/books?id=BRcwAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA195. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
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  5. Nicholas, Thomas (1872). Annals and antiquities of the counties and county families of Wales: containing a record of all ranks of the gentry ... with many ancient pedigrees and memorials of old and extinct families (Public domain ed.). Longmans, Green, Reader. pp. 563–. https://books.google.com/books?id=qjIwAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA563. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  6. "Listed Buildings". Vale of Glamorgan Council. http://www.valeofglamorgan.gov.uk/files/Living/Planning/Policy/Listed_Buildings/Listed_Buildings_10_06.pdf. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  7. Church monuments: journal of the Church Monuments Society, vol. 14 (Church Monuments Society, 1999) pp. 16-17
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  11. Eagle, Dorothy; Carnell, Hilary; Stephens, Meic (1992). The Oxford Illustrated Literary Guide to Great Britain and Ireland. Oxford University Press. p. 90. ISBN 978-0-19-212988-8. https://books.google.com/books?hl=iw&id=R-JZAAAAMAAJ&q=edward+williams. Retrieved 31 May 2012.