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St Brides Wentloog

(A description written in 1891)

A Parish on the Wentloog Level on the Bristol Channel, 4.1/4 miles south from Newport and 2.1/2 north-east from Marshfield station on the South Wales section of the Great Western railway; in the Southern division of the county, Hundred of Wentloog, Petty SEssional division, Union and County Court district of Newport; Newport rural deanery, Monmouth archdeaconry and Llandaff diocese.

A high sea wall has ben erected on the coast, to prevent the tide overflowing the district.

The church of of St. Bride Wentloog is an ancient building of stone in the Decorated and Perpendicular styles, and consists of chancel, nave, south porch and an unusually fine Perpendicular embattled western tower containing 6 bells, four of which are dated 1734 and bear inscriptions: on the south wall of the church, within the porch, is the following inscription carved in freestone: "The Great Flvd, 20 Janvarie, 1 in the morning, 1606:" the lowest part of this inscription, which marks the height to which the waters arrived, is about 5 feet from the ground: a second inundation in 1708 covered the Levels from Magor to Cardiff: the church has 150 sittings. The register dates from the year 1733. The living is a rectory, with the vicarage of Coedkernow annexed, tithe rent-charge £208, joint gross yearly value £300, with 47 acres of glebe and residence, in the gift of the Bishop of Llandaff, and held since 1871 by the Rev. Watkin Davies, who resides at Coedkernow. Parish Clerk: Thomas Jenkins.

Here are Congregational and Baptist chapels.


A School Board of 5 members was formed in 1877

Clerk to the Board & Attendance officer: Edward Baker, St. Brides.

Board School (mixed), erected in 1850; capacity 70; average attendance, 35; William Griffith Stephens, master; Miss Mary Williams, mistress. The Board School is near the church.

Post: Letters through Castleton, via Cardiff, arrive at 11 a.m. Wall box cleared at 4.45 p.m. Castleton is the nearest money order & telegraph office.

UskLighthouse1The Usk Lighthouse (pictured above) is built on the shore of the Bristol Channel south of this parish.

The principal landowners are Lord Tredegar, who is lord of the manor, Mrs. Mary Phillips and Halswell Milbourne Kemeys-Tynte Esq. J.P. of Cefn Mably, Cardiff. The soil is clayey; subsoil, the same. The land is chiefly meadow. The are is 1,904 acres of land and 1,690 of water; rateable value, £5,273.

The population in 1881 was 249.

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




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