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Abersychan - (see also Trevethin)

including Cwmavon, Garndiffaith & Talywain

(A description written in 1891)

A large Village at the confluence of the Sychan with the Torfaen or Afon Lwyd; it is 168 miles from London, 2 north-west from Pontypool, and has two railway stations, Abersychan on the eastern valleys branch of the Great Western railway and Talywain on the London & North Western branch of their line from Brynmawr to Pontypool.

In 1844 Abersychan was formed into an ecclesiastical parish from the civil parish of Trevethin; it is in the Northern division of the county; Petty Sessional division, Union and County Court district of Pontypool; Blaenau Gwent division of Abergavenny rural deanery, Monmouth arch-deaconry and Llandaff diocese.

The "Local Government Act, 1858," was adopted on June, 1864, the district including the whole of the parish except Pontypool; the board consists of twenty-four members.

The Abersychan Gas Company formed in 1870, supplies Abersychan, Talywain, Garndiffaith, Varteg, Freehold, Pontnewynydd and Cwmffrwdoer; the works are near Abersychan railway station. The village is supplied with water from works at Cwm Avon, the property of the Pontypool Gas and Water Co.

The Church of St Thomas is a building in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles and vestry, west porch and a western belfry containing one bell; the church stands in the Hamlet of Talywain, which joins Abersychan village; there are 700 sittings. The Register dates from the year 1835. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value £300, with 1. 1/2 acres of glebe and residence, in the gift of the vicar of Trevethin, and held since 1877 by the Rev. William Rees Thomas M.A. of Jesus College, Oxon. Parish Clerk, Robert Smith.

There is a Catholic Chapel, dedicated to St Francis of Assisi, two Baptist Chapels, one Welsh and one English, and one English and one Welsh Congregational; there is also a Bible Christian Chapel and Primitive Methodist and Wesleyan Chapels.

Here is a Literary and Scientific Institution, founded in 1864, in connection with the Society of Arts. There is a Police Station here for the county constabulary, erected in 1885.

The population of the local Board District in 1881 was 13,496 and the Ecclesiastical Parish, 7,894.

LOCAL BOARD: Offices, Literary Institution.

Board Day: third Tuesday in each month at 3 p.m

Clerk: James George Hedges, Local Board Offices

Treasurer: William Collins, Bristol & West of England Bank, Pontypool

Medical Officer of Heath: John Watson Mulligan M.D., J.P., The Hawthorns.

Surveyor and Inspector of Nuisances: Enoch Cooke, Brynteg House

Collector: Henry Harold Haden, Club Chambers, George Street, Pontypool

County Police Station:

Sergeant Francis Allen & 7 constables


Board School (mixed) (under Trevethin Board), built in 1855, for 800 children; average attendance, 360 boys & girls & 260 infants; David Sadwrn Thomas, master; Mrs Sarah Ann Thomas, infants' mistress

Catholic School (mixed), built in 1860 (as chapel & school), for 100 boys & girls & 60 infants; average attendance, 80 boys & girls & 60 infants; Mrs Bridget Broderick, mistress; Miss Anna Riordan, infants' mistress

Railway Station:

Thomas Heaven, station master

Places of Worship:

St Thomas' Church: Rev. William Rees Thomas M.A. Vicar

St Francis of Assisi Catholic, served from Pontypool

Baptist (English): Rev. John Cole, minister

Baptist (Noddfa): Rev. David Lewis, minister

Bible Christian: Rev. George Holmes, minister

Congregational: Rev. John L. Jones, minister

Congregational (English & Welsh): ministers various

Primitive Methodist: ministers various

Wesleyan: Rev. Robinson Lang, minister



A Hamlet in the parish of Trevethin, with station on the Great Western railway, 5 miles north from Pontypool and one mile north-east from Blaenavon. The inhabitants are employed in the neighbouring collieries

Railway Station:

James Barry, station master



A village, in this parish (Trevethin), half a mile north from Talywain station on the London & North Western railway and 3. 1/2 miles north from Pontypool.

Here are Calvanistic Methodist, Congregational, Primitive Methodist, Wesleyan and Bible Christian Chapels.

The B Company of the 3rd Volunteer Battalion, South Wales Borderers, was formed here in 1859; the strength of the Company consists of 120 rank and file; Capt. David R. Jones is the commandant

Post Office:

Richard Herbert, receiver. Letters through Pontypool arrive at 6.45 a.m; dispatched at 5.30 p.m. The nearest money order and Telegraph Office is at Talywain

County Police Station:

Thomas O'Donnell, constable

Board School:

Mrs Millard, mistress

Places of Worship:

Bible Christians: ministers various

Calvanistic Methodist: Rev. William Jones, minister

Congregational (Sardis): Rev. David Morgan Davies, minister

Primitive Methodist: ministers various

Wesleyan: ministers various.

(extracts from Kelly's 1891 Directory of Monmouthshire, transcribed by J. Doe)




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