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(A description written in 1891)

A Parish 1¼ miles north-by-west from Newport railway station; in the Southern division of the county, hundred of Wentloog, Newport petty sessional division, union and county court district, rural deanery of Newport, archdeaconry of Monmouth and diocese of Llandaff.

The Hereford and Shrewsbury railway, the Brecon Canal and the Abergavenny and Newport road pass through the parish.

The church of St. Mary is an edifice of stone, rebuilt in the years 1840-50, in the Early Norman style, and consists of chancel and nave and a western bell turret containing one bell: the original fine chancel arch is preserved, as also the remarkable south doorway, where the pillars supporting the arch on either side have no similarity to each other in pattern: there are 180 sittings, 90 being free. There was formerly here a Cluniac monastery forming a cell to the priory of Montacute, in Somersetshire, and founded by Winebald de Balon; at the Dissolution there were two monks, and the revenues amounted to £14 a year: a part of one of the walls, still standing, serves as a boundary to the churchyard. The register dates from the year 1733. The living is a vicarage, tithe rent-charge £5, net yearly value £125, with residence and 40 acres of glebe, in the gift of Francis Prothero Esq. and held since 1873 by the Rev. Edward Jenkins M.A. of Jesus College, Oxford. Sexton: Henry Nott.

Malpas Court is the seat of Francis Thomas Egerton Prothero Esq. B.A, J.P; and amongst other residences are those of Bryn Glas, Thomas Cordes Esq. D.l., J.P; Woodlands of Edward Steer Esq. J.P., and The Firs, of Richard Laybourne Esq. J.P., M.I.C.E.

Post Office: David Nott, receiver. Letters through Newport arrive at 7 a.m; dispatched at 6.45 p.m. ; Sundays, dispatched at 10 a.m. The nearest money order office & telegraph office at Newport, head office.


School (mixed), with house for master; the schoolhouse was erected in 1868, at the expense of Thomas Cordes Esq. upon a site given by the late Rev. Thomas Prothero, of Malpas Court, & enlarged in 1876 at a cost of £180, & further enlarged in 1886, at a cost of .£200, at the expense of Thomas Cordes Esq., to hold 140 children ; average attendance, 70 ; Thomas William Rees, master; Mrs. Elizabeth Barton, pupil teacher.

Francis T. G. Prothero Esq. J.P. is lord of the manor and principal landowner. The soil is clay; subsoil, gravel and rock. The crops are chiefly grass and corn. The area is 988 acres; rateable value, £3,190;

The population in 1881 was 320.

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




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