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(A description written in 1891)

A Parish on the river Olway and on the road to Monmouth, with a station on the Coleford, Monmouth, Usk & Pontypool section of the Great Western railway, 153 miles by railway from London, 146 from London by road and 4 north-east from Usk; in the Southern division of the county, Hundred and Petty Sessional division of Raglan, Union of Monmouth, Raglan and Trellech highway district, County Court district of Usk; eastern division of Usk rural deanery, archdeaconry of Monmouth and diocese of Llandaff.

The church of St. John is an ancient building of stone, in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and a western tower containing 6 bells: the church was restored in 1865, and has 150 sittings. The register dates from the year 1714. The living is a vicarage, net yearly income £30, in the gift of the Duke of Beaufort, and held since 1872 by the Rev. Henry Plantagenet Somerset M.A. of Queen's College, Oxford, who is also vicar of and resides at Raglan; the Rev. Joseph Hall B.A. of Jesus College, Oxford, is the curate. The great tithes have been commuted at £330, the whole of which goes to the impropriator, who is also patron. Parish Clerk: John Davies, senr.

There are Baptist and Wesleyan chapels.

Charities amounting to £64 are distributed yearly in bread and money.

Cefntillahouseandydolman2Cefn Tilla Court, home of Lord Raglan - © Andy Dolman

Cefn Tilla Court is the residence of the Right Hon. Lord Raglan D.L., J.P. When General Fairfax attacked Raglan Castle he made Cefn Tilla his head quarters: the old mansion was rebuilt and, together with the property belonging to it, was presented to the present Lord Raglan in grateful recognition of the memory of his grandfather, the late Field-Marshal Lord Raglan, Commander of the British Army in the Crimea.

Post Office: John Davies, receiver. Letters arrive from Usk at 8.15 a.m; dispatched at 4.20 p.m. Raglan is the nearest money order & telegraph office. Postal orders are issued here, but not paid.

Railway Station: William Pugh, station master.


National School (mixed), with a house for the mistress, for 50 children; average attendance, 37; Miss Emma Thompson, mistress.

The principal landowners are the Duke of Beaufort K.G. who is lord of the manor, Lord Raglan, J A Rolls Esq. D.L., J.P. and G G Griffin Esq. The soil is loam; subsoil, clay. The chief crops are wheat and beans. The area is 2,228 acres; rateable value, £3,068.

The population in 1881 was 367.

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




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