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Llan-Ffwyst / Llanfoist

"LLANFOIST, a parish in the upper division of the hundred of Abergavenny, county Monmouth, 5 miles S.W. of Abergavenny, its post town, and 5 N.E. of Aberystwith. It is situated on the river Usk, which bounds it on the N. and E., and is crossed by the Brecon canal. The village is considerable, and commands a view of Abergavenny, the Skyrrid, and the Sugar Loaf. The Monmouthshire hounds are kennelled here. Many of the inhabitants are employed in the mines. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Llandaff; value £174. The church is styled St. Faith's. Llanfoist House is the principal residence."

[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.
  • Watkins, Thomas E. Hanes Llanffwyst. Abergavenny : Blorenge Books, 1998. 36p. "It was originally written in Welsh as an entry for the first eisteddfod at Abergavenny, held under the auspices of Cymreigyddion y Fenni on 22nd November 1834" Originally published: Abergavenny: Minerva Press, 1922. Cover title: Hanes Llanfoist. English title on p.9: History of Llanfoist.


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Llan-Ffwyst / Llanfoist 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.

Llanfoist Parish, First part (in Abergavenny sub district) ; Statistics; Area 790 acres; Population 221 males, 225 females, total 446 
Llanfoist Parish, Second part (in Blaenavon sub-district) ; Statistics; Area 2588 acres; Population 553 males, 454 females, total 1007

  • Llanfoist Parish, First part    
  • Llanfoist Parish Church   -   Attendance - morning 120, afternoon 135     2 services in English         William Corfield, Rector
  • Llanfoist Parish, Second part
  • Wesleyan Methodist Chapel    Erected 1839      Attendance - morning 200 + 180 scholars, afternoon 200 scholars, evening 40 + 50 scholars     James Brown, Society steward, Blaenavon

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.
    Llan-Ffwyst / Llanfoist, St Faith's Church - records with the NLW
    Baptisms Marriages Banns Burials
    1736-1975 1736-1971 1824-47, 1890-1933 1736-1945
    Bishops Transcripts 1725-32, 1734-51, 1753-4, 1756-75, 1777-1806, 1808-10, 1813, 1815-16, 1820-37, 1841-58, 1862-1865, 1869, 1880 - records with the NLW
    (see also Blaenafon/Blaenavon)
    Blaenafon / Blaenavon, St Peter's Church (formed from Llanofer/Llanover + Llan-ffwyst/Llanfoist + Llanwenarth + Abersychan 1860) - records with the Gwent RO
    Baptisms Marriages Banns Burials
    1804-1950 1805-1971 1805-40 1805-74, 1885-1936
    Bishops Transcripts 1806-42, 1847-51 - records with the NLW
    [Details as published in The Parish Registers of Wales, NLW 1986 - present location/availability may vary] selected parish records.

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Historical Geography

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  • 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 SO286131 (Lat/Lon: 51.811912, -3.037138), Llan-Ffwyst / Llanfoist which are provided by: