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Cemais / Kemeys Inferior

"KEMEYS-INFERIOR, a parish in the upper division of the hundred of Usk, county Monmouth, 3 miles N.E. of Caerleon, and 5 S. of Usk. The parish is bounded on the N. by the river Usk, and is intersected by a high ridge of wooded hills running from W. to E. Above a third of the parish is woodland, but on the banks of the Usk are some tracts of rich grazing land. The village is very small, and wholly agricultural. There are several quarries of stone, which is used for paving and roofing. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Llandaff, value £130. The church is a small edifice dedicated to All Saints."

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


  • Redknap, Mark. The Medieval wooden crucifix figure from Kemeys Inferior, and its Church. Monmouthshire Antiquary 16 (2000), p. 11-43.

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.

Kemeys Inferior Parish; Statistics; Area 1676 acres; Population 54 males, 61 females, total 115

  • Kemeys Inferior Parish Church    Attendance - morning 18, afternoon 25      I service in English     B Samuel

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.
    Cemais / Kemeys Inferior, All Saints's Church - records with the NLW
    Baptisms Marriages Banns Burials
    1701-1951 1701-1906, 1910-47 1823-1924 1701-1812
    Bishops Transcripts 1725-1819, 1821, 1823-9, 1831-67, 1869-79, 1881, 1886-8 - 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 Cemais / Kemeys Inferior 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 ST379926 (Lat/Lon: 51.628726, -2.898592), Cemais / Kemeys Inferior which are provided by: