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Goytre or Goytrey

including Nantyderry

(A description written in 1891)

A Parish on the river Usk, which bounds it on the south-east, 167 miles from London, 4.1/2 north-north-west from Usk, 1.1/2 miles west from Nantyderry station which is in the parish on Abergavenny & Hereford branch of the Great Western railway, 4.1/2 miles north-east from Pontypool; in the Northern division of the county, Hundred of Abergavenny, Petty Sessional division and Union of Pontypool, County Court district of Usk, and in the south-western division of Abergavenny rural deanery, Monmouth archdeaconry and Llandaff diocese.

The Brecon and Monmouth Canal and the road from Pontypool to Monmouth and Abergavenny pass through the parish.

The church of St. Peter, rebuilt in 1845 and 1846 at a cost of about £1.400, from designs by Thomas Wyatt Esq. of London, is an edifice of local stone in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and a western belfry containing 2 bells: there is an ancient font, reputed to be of Saxon origin, and restores in 1856, and in the vestry an ancient oak chest: a new organ was presented to the church by the Misses Evans, of Nantyderry House, in 1886: within the communion rails are buried the members of the ancient family of Jenkins, of Goytrey Hall: there are 300 sittings, nearly all free, The churchyard contains several fine yew trees, two of which are upwards of 25 feet in circumference. The register dates from the year 1695. The living is a rectory, tithe rent-charge £295 5s. net yearly income of £180 with 2 acres of glebe, in the gift of the Marquess of Abergavenny, and held since 1891 by the Rev. John Daniel James M.A. of Magdalene College, Cambridge. Parish Clerk: John Jones.

There are Baptist and Primitive Methodist chapels.

Here are quarries of limestone, paving stone and building stone. Goytrey Hall, now a farmhouse, was erected in 1446 for Thomas Herbert, son of the Earl of Pembroke, who lived at Raglan Castle, and was once the residence of a family of Jenkins, now extinct in the male line, lineally descended from Gwaethfod, a chieftain who in ancient times owned a considerable territory here; the Jenkins' property now belongs to Mrs. Evans who resides at Nantyderry House, a mansion of stone, enlarged from a design by Thomas H Wyatt Esq. of London, which stands within its own grounds on a gentle eminence commanding a fine view of a range of hills extending from Abergavenny to Pontypool and of the Vale of the Usk and is surrounded by beautiful scenery. Upper Goytrey House, for several generations the residence of the Cooke family, now belongs to Thomas Cooke Esq, of Newport. Monmouth; Lower Goytrey House, a stone building, standing in its own grounds a short distance from the road leading from Pontypool to Abergavenny, is the residence of Robert Jocelyn Alexander Esq.

Post Office, Goytrey - John Wilks, receiver. Letters arrive from Pontypool at 8.50 a.m; dispatched, 4 p.m. except Sundays. Nearest money order & telegraph office, Pontypool. Postal orders are issued here, but not paid.

Post Office, Nantyderry - Mrs Maria Taylor, receiver. Letters from Abergavenny at 8.40 p.m; & dispatched (except Sundays) at 3.5 p.m. The nearest money order & telegraph office is at Llanvihangel Gobion. Pillar box, Goytrey, cleared daily 3.50 p.m. (except Sundays)


National School (mixed), erected in 1855, at a cost of about £480, for about 100 children; average attendance, 70; there is a residence for the mistress. This is also used for Sunday school.

British School (mixed), erected with master's residence, in 1870, on a site given by Col. H C Byrde J.P. at a cost of £600, for about 120 children; average attendance, 80; William John Croot, master.

(Alexander Robert Jocelyn of Lower Goytrey House, is H.M. Inspector for Schools)

Railway Station:

Nantyderry - Thomas Pape, station master.

The Marquess of Abergavenny is lord of the manor. The principal landowners are the Marquess of Abergavenny, John Capel Hanbury Esq. J.P., Mrs Evans, and Col. Henry Charles Byrde D.L., J.P. The soil is gravel and sand; subsoil, loam. The chief crops are wheat, oats, barley and turnips. The area is 3,332 acres; rateable value, £4,831.

NANTYDERRY is on the east.

The population in 1881 was 672.

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




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