The History of Barry
People have lived in the area now occupied by Barry for thousands of years. Archaeological and historical research, much of it done by local enthusiasts, has resulted in a large amount of information being discovered and held by various local groups and individuals. Unfortunately, the nature of voluntary organisations mean that some of these come and go as they lose key individuals, and some of the personalities involved leave a lot to be desired in terms of tolerance and sharing.
However, a number of local historians are keen to share their interest, insights and discoveries, and there are links and articles to their work on this page.
There are many books available in the "Old Photographs of..." vein, many complied by local historians, but as photography was not readily available before the 1850's, this type of collection is limited mainly to the 20th century.
The Centenary book of Barry, published in 1984, contains much information regarding the geological origins of the town, prehistoric remains, and the medieval settlements that occupied the area over the last millennium (1000 years).
With the building of Barry Docks at the end of the 19th Century, the development of Barry as a town accelerated, and by the 1920's, Barry had a population of about 40,000. This population has grown slightly, and now stands just below 50,000.
The Barry Town Council website has quite a nice brief history of the town on one of it's pages, plus pictures and information on the Barry Memorial Hall.
Another site of interest is the Castles of Wales site, which mentions (amongst many others) the 13th century Barry Castle.
More recent heritage was represented by the Barry Steam Railway Centre, which had a collection of old locomotives and heritage centre located at Barry Island railway station. Unfortunately this has now folded, and the future of the collection of artefacts and engines is uncertain. From a similar age, the Paddle Steamer Waverley is a regular visitor to the area, and there are links to two associated sites below.
The Homepages section of this site also has some links which may interest those looking for information regarding the history of Barry and the surrounding area.
Please remember that the content of externally linked sites is outside of our control!
I hope to be able to expand the information presented here, but it all takes time! There are plenty of amateur historians out there - if anyone is interested in publishing anything relating to the history of the area on the Internet, then you can always contact me via the feedback pages...
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