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LLANOVER, Monmouthshire - Extract from National Gazetteer, 1868

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer (1868)]
"LLANOVER, a parish in the upper division of the hundred of Abergavenny, county Monmouth, 4 miles S.E. of Abergavenny, its post town, and 7 from Pontypool. It is situated on the river Usk, near the Brecon canal. The parish includes the township of Blaenavon, where there are iron-works. The village is very considerable. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Llandaff, value 300, in the patronage of the dean and chapter. The church is dedicated to St. Bartholomew.

There is also the district church of Blaenavon, the living of which is a perpetual curacy,* value 114. The charities produce about 2, per annum. The Independents and Calvinistic Methodists have places of worship here. Llanover Court is the seat of Lord Llanover, who takes his title from this place. Lady Llanover supports a free school at her ownexpense; and there is another endowed by the late Mrs. Sarah Hopkins, with the interest of 3,000 government stock."

"BLAEN-AVON, (or Blaen Afon), a chapelry in the parish of Llanover, hundred of Abergavenny, in the county of Monmouth, 5 miles, to the S.W. of Abergavenny. It is situated in a mountain district, near the head (Blaen) of the river Avon-Llwyd, and is the terminus of the Eastern Valley s section of the Monmouthshire railway and canal. Coal and iron are abundant here, and the iron-works are of great extent.

The inhabitants are chiefly employed in the mines, which are worked by means of horizontal shafts, and yield about 400 tons of iron a week. Some of the dwellings are cut in the sides of the rocks. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Llandaff, of the value of 114, in the patronage of T. Hill, Esq. There are two chapels belonging to the Baptists in the village."

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
Transcribed by Colin Hinson 2003]

(Last updated - Gareth Hicks  - 17 Feb 2009)

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