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"GOYTREY, a parish in the hundred of Upper Abergavenny, county Monmouth, 5 miles N.E. of Pont-y-Pool, and 5 S. of Abergavenny, its post town. It is situated in the vicinity of the river Usk, and on the Brecon canal, which has a wharf here. The West Midland railway passes in the neighbourhood. The scenery is very beautiful, and a large portion of the surface is woodland. There are quarries of lime and building stone, and tiles are manufactured. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Llandaff, value £227. The church is dedicated to St. Peter. There are places of worship belonging to the Baptists and Wesleyans. The parochial charities produce about £1 per annum."

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)


  • Rooke, Marion L D               Abraham Jeremiah, Harp Maker, 1825-1886; What truth in a family memory ?          Gwent Local History. No. 90 2001  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 established after 1851.

Goytrey Parish; Statistics; Area; 3332 acres; Population 300 males, 254 females, total 554

  • Goytrey Parish Church (St Peter's)  Erected 1846 (old church taken down)    Attendance - morning 100, evening 70/100   2 services,1 English entire    Informant, Charles Elias Bird, Churchwarden
  • Saron Baptist Chapel, Goitre   Erected 1826    Attendance - morning 52, afternoon 23 scholars, evening 109           John Jones, Minister, Goitre Warf, nr Abergavenny
  • (Capel) Ed. Calvinistic Methodist Chapel   - Erected 1808   Attendance - morning 12 scholars, afternoon 50          Roger Thomas, Minister, Llangwilim Cottage, Ragland

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.
    Goetre, St Peter's Church - records with the Gwent RO
    Baptisms Marriages Burials
    1695-1728, 1732-1960 1695-1728, 1732-1971 1695-1728, 1732-1957
    Bishops Transcripts 1696, 1725-1865, 1899 - records with the NLW
    [Details as published in The Parish Registers of Wales, NLW 1986 - present location/availability may vary]

Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Goytrey has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


  • 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 SO328059 (Lat/Lon: 51.747707, -2.974827), Goytrey which are provided by: