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St Pierre & Runston including Crick

(A description written in 1891)

These two places form a Parish; in the Southern division of the county, Hundred of Caldicot, Petty Sessional division, Union and County Court district of Chepstow; middle division of the rural deanery of Netherwent, archdeaconry of Monmouth, and diocese of Llandaff.

St. Pierre is situated between the Bristol Channel and the road from Newport to Chepstow, 3 miles south-west-by-south from Chepstow and 1.1/2 north-east from Portskewett station, on the Severn Tunnel Junction and Chepstow branch of the Great Western railway.

The church of St. Peter is a small stone building of considerable antiquity, consisting of chancel, nave, north porch and a western turret containing one bell: in the church are two ancient monuments of the St. Pierre family, of much interest: two incised slabs to the memory of the Lewis family, dating from the 16th Century, and some more modern monuments: there are 50 sittings. The registers seem formerly to have been kept with those of Portskewett. The living is a rectory annexed to that of Portskewett, tithe rent-charge (St. Pierre) £110, with one acre of glebe, gross yearly income £390, in the gift of Charles Edward Lewis Esq. D.L., J.P. and held since 1880 by the Rev. William Henry Williams M.A. of Jesus College, Oxford, who resides at Portskewett. Parish Clerk: John Waters.

St. Pierre, for Ecclesiastical purposes, is consolidated with Portskewett, and Runston with Mathern.



A Hamlet adjoining to the north-west, and was once a distinct and separate parish. All that is left of the village consists of a few irregular heaps of fallen masonry and the roofless walls of a very interesting little Norman church. The situation is remarkably picturesque and solitary. At Crick, at the junction of the roads from Chepstow and Portskewett to Newport, there are the remains of a very fine old mansion, formerly the seat of the Moore family, but which has long been unoccupied. Charles I visited this house several times in 1645. Close by among the farm buildings stands an old chapel, dedicated to St. Neveyn, now desecrated and turned into a barn. Here are the kennels of the Chepstow hounds, Charles Edward Lewis Esq., master.



This parish is included in the United School Board district of Mathern:

Clerk to the School Board: F. Evans, solicitor, Chepstow

Attendance officer: William Williams, Chepstow

Post: Letters through Chepstow, which is the nearest post, money order & telegraph office, arrive at 7.45. The nearest post office is Pwllmeyric; box cleared at 7.50 p.m.


St. Pierre Park is the seat of Charles Edward Lewis Esq. D.L., J.P., lord of the manor and sole landowner: the fine old mansion, which has been the seat of the Lewis family since the 14th Century, is of various periods, the Tudor style predominating; the deer park has some grand old timber and a lake of about 11 acres extent. The soil is gravel. The chief crops are wheat, barley and oats. The area is 1,300 acres of land and 14 of water; rateable value, Mathern & St. Pierre, £5,623.

The population in 1881 was 86.

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




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