"CHEPSTOW, a parish, seaport, and market town, in the upper division of the hundred of Caldicott, in the county of Monmouth. It is situated in a beautiful spot on the right bank of the river Wye, 135 miles by road and 141½ by the Great Western and South Wales railways from London. Anciently the town was strongly fortified, and the fine ruins of its Norman castle, Castellum de Estrighoiel, or Striguil, of Domesday, are still in existence, and partially occupied. This castle is said to have been built about the time of the Conquest by W. Fitz-Osborne, Earl of Hereford; the Duke of Beaufort, who takes the title of Baron Herbert from it, inherits it through the Clares and Plantagenets."
[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
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.
Chepstow parish; Statistics; Area 1282 acres; Population 2132 males, 2220 females, total 4332
Chepstow Parish Church - Attendance - morning 419+167 scholars, evening 469+54 scholars "..........the attendance for the day is nearly 1000" 2 services in English J B Gabriel, Vicar
St Mary's Roman Catholic Chapel - Erected about 1830 Attendance - morning 100, evening 80 "I beg to remark that the Congregation belonging to this Chapel (including children) amounts to at least 200, but many of them being located at some distance in the country cannot attend but once a month" P Millea, Roman Catholic Priest
The Church on Hawkers Hill, Catholic and Apostolic Christians - Erected 1837 Attendance - morning 50 "(Denomination) This title is not used in an exclusive sense,. We protest against being classed under any sectarian name, or being dissenters from the Church of England" William Smith, Priest, Upper Church St
Beaulah Chapel, Welsh St, Independent - Erected 1835 Attendance - morning 52, evening 74 The Rev Thomas Rees (Absent)- Minister of the above Chapel. Henry Smith, Deacon, Prospect Cottage, Crossway Green, Chepstow
Kain, R.J.P., Oliver, R.R., Historic Parishes of England and Wales: an Electronic Map of Boundaries before 1850 with a Gazetteer and Metadata [computer file]. Colchester, Essex: History Data Service, UK Data Archive [distributor], 17 May 2001. SN: 4348. Here is a gazetteer/finding aid plus a set of overview maps to accurately identify the position of parishes within the county.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference ST535939 (Lat/Lon: 51.641922, -2.673406), Cas-Gwent / Chepstow which are provided by: