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"LLANELLEN, a parish in the upper division of the hundred of Abergavenny, county Monmouth, 2 miles S. of Abergavenny, and 8 from Pontypool. It is situated on the western bank of the river Usk, and is crossed by the Brecon canal. It is a small agricultural village. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Llandaff, value £105. The church is dedicated to St. Helen. The charities produce about £7 per annum."

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


  • Bannon, Louis. Remember Abergaveny : including the villages of Crickhowell, Gilwern, Govilon, Llanellen, Llanfoist and Llanover. Abertillery : Old Bakehouse Publications, 1995. 128p.
  • Evans, J A H              . Lewis Edmunds of Llanellen 1814-1903.            Gwent Local History vol 89 2000   Welsh Journals Online


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Llanelen area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

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.

Llanellen Parish; Statistics; Area 2536 acres; Population 180 males, 188 females, total 368

  • Llanellen Parish Church        Attendance - morning 26 + 17 scholors, afternoon 36 + 20 scholars      2 services in English      William Jones, Vicar

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.
    Llanelen, St Helen's Church - records with the NLW
    Baptisms Marriages Banns Burials
    1766-1959 1754-1971 1825-1976 1766-1922
    Bishops Transcripts 1696, 1725-31, 1733-45, 1747-1860, 1862-70 - records with the NLW
    [Details as published in The Parish Registers of Wales, NLW 1986 - present location/availability may vary]
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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Llanelen 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 SO302108 (Lat/Lon: 51.791438, -3.013469), Llanelen which are provided by: