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Abertillery including Cwmtillery

(see also Aberystruth)

(A description written in 1891)

A Village, with a station on the Great Western railway, 176 miles from London, 18 miles north from Newport, 2 south from Blaina and 9 south-east from Tredegar.

Abertillery was formed into an ecclesiastical parish in 1876 from the civil parish of Aberystruth; in the Western division of the county, Hundred of Abergavenny; Petty Sessional division and Union of Bedwellty, Tredegar County Court district; Blaenau Gwent division of Abergavenny rural deanery, Monmouth archdeaconry and Llandaff diocese.

The village is governed by a Local Board of nine members, formed in 1876, and is lighted with gas from works on the Aberbeeg road, the property of the Brynmawr & Abertillery Gas & Water Co. Limited, and supplied with water from works the property of the Local Board.

The church of St Michael, erected in 1854, is a building of stone in the Gothic style, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and a western turret containing one bell: there are 250 sittings. The register dates from the year 1854. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value about £200, in a gift of the rector of Aberystruth, and held since 1768 by the Rev. Henry Walters, of St David's college, Lampeter. Sexton, Edward Brown.

Here are three Baptist chapels, also Congregational, Calvinist Methodist, Primitive Methodist and Wesleyan chapels.

Here are some tinplate works and collieries. Here are two reading rooms

Post, M.O. & T.O., S.B. & Annuity & Insurance Office, (Railway Sub-Office. Letters should have RSO Mon. added)

Titus Phillips, postmaster

Wall letter box, Oak street, cleared at 7 p.m; none on Sunday

Wall letter box, Castle street, cleared at 6 p.m; none on Sunday

Abertillery Local Board:

Offices: King street, Abertillery

Board day: first Thursday in the month at 2.30 p.m.

Clerk: J A Shepard, Queen street, Tredegar

Treasurer: Arthur Cornelius Goddard, Capital & Counties Bank Limited, Brynmawr

Medical Officer of Health: Wm Edwin Williams F.R.C.S Edin

Surveyor, Inspector of Nuisances & Collector: Jas. McBean, King street

County Constabulary (occasional Court House):

James Watkins, constable in charge, & 3 constables

The population in 1881 was 6,003.



A Hamlet, lies in a dingle, about a mile and a half north from Abertillery.

The church of St Paul, a Chapel of Ease to Abertillery, is a building of stone in the Early English style, erected in 1890 at a cost of £1,250, consisting of a chancel, nave, vestry, north porch and western turret containing one bell: there are 305 sittings, all being free. Attached is a Burial Ground with an area of one acre, under the control of the vicar of Abertillery.

Here are a Primitive Methodist and Bible Christian chapel.

Cwmtillery is in Abertillery Local Board district. The population of this hamlet is employed in the contiguous collieries.

Post, M.O., S.B. & Annuity & Insurance Office (Railway Sub-Office, Letters should have RSO Mon. added):

Fred Fielding, receiver. The nearest telegraph office is at Abertillery.


Places of Worship:

St Michael's Church (Abertillery): Rev. Henry Walters, vicar, Rev. David Oliver Evans, curate

St Paul's Chapel of Ease, Cwmtillery: curacy vacant

Baptist, King Street: Rev, Thomas Griffiths, minister


Baptist, Blaina Gwent: Rev. Thomas Towy Evans

Clavinistic Methodist: Rev. James Emlyn Rhys, minister

Congregational: Rev. Rhys Harris, minister

Primitive Methodist, Blaina Gwent

Primitive Methodist

Primitive Methodist, Cwmtillery



Board School (boys, girls & infants), built in 1885, for 600 children; average attendance, 170 boys, 120 girls & 220 infants; Thomas Beavan, master; Miss Esther Davies, girls' mistress; Mrs. Griffiths, infants' mistress.

National School, built in 1855 & enlarged in 1888, for 486 children; average attendance, 440; John T Baker, master; Mrs. Baker, infants' mistress

Cwmtillery Board School (under Aberystruth school board) for 560 children; average attendance, 135 boys, 110 girls & 110 infants; Edmund James Williams, master; Miss A.E. Carpenter, girls' mistress; Miss A.A. Stanfield, infants' mistress

Railway Station:

John Hill, station master

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




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