"LLANFRECHFA, a parish in the lower division of the hundred of Usk, county Monmouth, 5 miles S.E. of Pontypool, and 2 from Caerleon, its post town. A tributary of the river Usk flows through the parish. The workhouse for the Pontypool Poor-law Union is situated here. Woollen goods are manufactured. The living is a perpetual curacy* in the diocese of Llandaff, value £85, in the patronage of the dean and chapter. The charities amount to about £5 per annum."
[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
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.
Llanfrechfa Parish consisting of Upper and Lower Divisions; Statistics; Area 4320 acres; Population 1342 males, 1160 females, total 2502
Bethel Chapel, Independent Erected 1837 Attendance - morning 100 + 50 scholars, afternoon 62, evening 150 "The inserted chapel has been purchased in 1837 for the sum of £220 which has been paid by a gent. named Edward Wrench from the same place .........." Edward Williams, Minister, Bron Heulog, Cwmbran
Gren-Meadow-Room, Wesleyan Methodist Erected 1850 Attendance - morning 40, afternoon 52, no school George Thomas, Hugh Carter; Wesleyan Minister, Pontypool * Separate entry listed in Return under Lower Division for Green Meadow Chapel.(Wesleyan) A room in a dwelling house. David Jones, Steward
Llanvrecgva (sic) Parish Church Attendance (average) - morning 90 "The number of children attending the two schools amounts to between 55 or 60" 1 service in English William Howell, Incumbent
Primitive Methodist Chapel, Cwmbran Erected 1844 Attendance - morning 32 scholars, afternoon 37 scholars, evening 40 "It is also let for a day school" Elijah Filer, Steward, Square, Cwmbran
Pontrhydyrun Chapel, Baptist Erected 1815 Attendance (including Sunday scholars) - morning 160, evening 212 David D Evans, Minister, Pontrhydyrun Works
Sion Chapel, Baptist Erected c 1803 Attendance - morning 200, evening 350 Reese Griffiths, Minister, Ponterw, nr Cairlion
See above for entry under Upper Division for Green Meadow Chapel.(Wesleyan)
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 ST320935 (Lat/Lon: 51.636134, -2.983993), Llanfrechfa which are provided by: