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"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)
Transcribed by Colin Hinson 2003]



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

Church Records

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