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Llanvair Kilgeddin

(A description written in 1891)

A Parish 5 miles south-east from Abergavenny, 4 north-west from Usk, 3 north-east from Nantyderry station, 3 south-east from Penpergwm station on the London & North Western railway from Newport to Abergavenny, and 18 north from Newport; it is in the Northern division of the county, Petty Sessional division of Pontypool, Hundred, Union and County Court district of Abergavenny; south-western division of Abergavenny rural deanery, Monmouth archdeaconry and diocese of Llandaff.

The river Usk forms the eastern and northern boundaries of the parish.

The church of St, Mary is a small building of stone in the Gothic style, consisting of Chancel, with a fine chancel-screen, nave, south porch and a small bell turret, containing 2 bells: the church is decorated with beautiful and artistic mural paintings, illustrating the "Song of the Three Children," designed and executed by Mr. Heywood Sumner; this method of decoration, termed as "Sgraffito," is that used in the Egyptian catacombs; they were placed as a memorial to Mrs. Lindsay by the present rector in 1889: there are 80 sittings, 50 being free: the church was thoroughly restored in 1876 at a cost of £3,000. The register of Baptisms and Burials dates from the year 1733; Marriages, 1758. The living is a rectory, the apportioned tithe rent-charge £355, with interest of redeemed tithe £42, net yearly value £380, with residence and 84 acres of glebe, in the gift of Lord Tredegar, and held since 1872 by the Rev. William John Coussmaker Lindsay B.A. of Trinity College, Dublin, rural dean of Abergavenny south-west division. Parish Clerk: James Hughes.

Pant-y-Goitre is the seat of Arthur Davies Berrington Esq. D.L., J.P; and Llanfair Grange that of Mrs. Little. There is a parish room, called the Rectory Hall, used for all parochial meetings and entertainments, as well as an Institute for men, containing billiard and bagatelle boards and a library.

Post: Letters arrive through Abergavenny, which is the nearest money order office, arrive at 8.30 a.m. The nearest telegraph office is at Llanvihangel-nigh-Usk. Wall letter box at St. Mary's, cleared at 3.25 p.m.


National Schools, erected in 1870, for 115 children; average attendance, 63; Richard Swinnerton, master.

Lord Tredegar is lord of the manor. A.D. Berrington Esq., Mrs.Little and the Rev. Sir Henry Fludyer Bart. are chief landowners. The soil is gravelly; subsoil, clayey. The chief crops are wheat and barley. The area is 1,776 acres of land and 32 of water; rateable value, £2,912.

The population in 1881 was 293.

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




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