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Caer-Went / Caerwent

"CAERWENT, a parish in the upper division of the hundred of Caldicott, in the county of Monmouth, 5 miles to the S.W. of Chepstow, its post town. It is not far from the South Wales railway and the river Severn, and contains the hamlet of Crick. Caerwent is a very ancient place, and was the site of the Roman station called Venta Silurum, on the Via Julia. Parts of the walls still remain. They are from 9 to 12 feet thick, and enclose an area of 505 by 390 yards." [Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)



  • Brewer, Richard J. Caerwent Roman Town. 2nd ed. Cardiff : Cadw: Welsh Historic Monuments, 1997. 52p.
  • Caerwent Scrapbook. Caerwent Local History Group. 1955 (in print 2004). The original comprehensive sudy of the area. See Caerwent Community site.
  • Campbell, Ewan. Excavations at Caerwent vicarage orchard garden, 1973 : an extra-mural post-Roman cemetery. Archaeologia Cambrensis 142 (1993), p. 74-98.
  • Craster, O E. Caerwent Roman City Monmouthshire. London : H.M.S.O., 1951.
  • Lovell, Eric. Caerwent Baptist Church, 1815-2000. Caerwent : Caerwent Baptist Church, 2000. 38p.
  • Titcombe, Colin      A Slice of Southern Gwent  [Brockwells]           Gwent Local History vol 43 1977          Welsh Journals Online

Church History

Church and chapel data from The Religious census of 1851 : A Calendar of the returns relating to Wales, Vol 1, South Wales. Ed. by   I.G   Jones, & D. Williams. UWP,  Cardiff, 1976. The names given towards the end of each entry are those of the informants.  Check with  Gwent RO to see what extant records are held, and possible names of chapels/churches built after 1851.

Caerwent parish consisting of Caerwent and the hamlet of Dinham - Statistics; Area 1962 acres; Population 205 males, 215 females, total 420

  • St John's [? see below] Caerwent Parish Church - Attendance - morning 70+30 scholars, afternoon 80           2 services in English      Informant; James White, Registrar
  • The Baptist Chapel, Caerwent - Erected 1815        Attendance - morning 42+20 scholars, afternoon 27 scholars, evening 74     A day school is kept in it      John Walter Morgan, Minister

Church Records

See the Monmouthshire county page for links to online records

  • This list of parish records is intended as a rough guide to coverage only. Their location as stated should be confirmed with the appropriate Record Office prior to any visit.
    Caer-Went / Caerwent, St Stephen's Church - records with the Gwent RO
    Baptisms Marriages Burials
    1704-13, 1752-1944 1706-13, 1753-1834, 1839-1970 1568-1713, 1752-1811, 1813-1915
    Bishops Transcripts 1725-50, 1752-1881 - records with the NLW
    [Details as published in The Parish Registers of Wales, NLW 1986 - present location/availability may vary]

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