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Magwyr / Magor

"MAGOR, a parish in the lower division of the hundred of Caldicott, county Monmouth, 7 miles E. of Newport, and 6 miles S.E. of Caerleon, its post town. It is situated on the coast of the Bristol Channel, and has a station on the South Wales railway. The township includes the chapelry of Redwick. Petty sessions are held in the village, which is a small agricultural place. The living is a vicarage with Redwick, in the diocese of Llandaff, value £285. The church is dedicated to St. Mary. The charities produce about £3 per annum. There is a place of worship for Baptists, also a National school."

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


  • Jones, Malcolm. Caldicot and the villages of the Moor in old photographs : including the villages of Portskewett, Sudbrook, Rogiet, Undy, Magor and Redwick. Volume 1. Abertillery : Old Bakehouse, 1995. 128p.
  • Kennedy, Dina.             A den of thieves and murderers?: Magor in the 1530s.              Gwent Local History vol 87 1999    Welsh Journals Online   
  • Kennedy, Dina.             Who was Cadwaladr? : a problem in the early history of Magor.                    Gwent Local History 82 1997     Welsh Journals Online
  • Lawler, Martin. Investigations at Barland's Farm, Magor, 1993. Archaeology in the Severn Estuary (1993), p. 109-12.
  • Lewis, C J. "The Cathedral of the Moors" : St Mary's Church, Magor. Newport] : [C. J. Lewis], [1947].
  • Locock, Martin. Further late prehistoric features on the foreshore at Chapeltump, Magor, Monmouthshire : Chapeltump II and the Upton Trackway. Studia Celtica. Vol. 34 (2000), p. 17-48 .
  • Magor and St Mellons Rural District official guide. Carshalton : Home Publishing, [1971] 24p.
  • Nayling, Nigel. The Magor Pill medieval wreck. York : Council for British Archaeology, 1998. 173p.
  • Redknap, Mark. An archaeological and historical context for the medieval Magor Pill boat. Maritime Wales 19 (1997-98), p. 9-29.
  • Strong, Peter              Magor and Undy in the Great War            Gwent Local History vol 86 1999    Welsh Journals Online   
  • Thomas, Howard J. The mansion-house of Magor. Monmouthshire Antiquary 8 (1992), p. 31-4.


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Magwyr / Magor 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.

Magor Parish, consisting of Magor and Redwick Chapelry; Statistics; Area 10,514 acres; Population 353 males, 346 females, total 699

  • Magor
  • Magor Parish Church    Attendance (average) - morning 80 + 30 scholars, afternoon 90 (alternate?)       1 service in English           David Jones, Curate 
  • Ebenezer Chapel, Baptist   Erected 1816    Also used as a Day School         Attendance - morning 50, evening 175           Thomas Leonard, Minister
  • Redwick Chapelry
  • Redwick Parish Church      Attendance (average) - 30 + 10 scholars, afternoon 30 + 10 scholars (alternate?)      1 service in English     D Jones, Curate
  • Salem Chapel, Baptist           Erected 1832    Attendance - morning 21 + 13 scholars, evening 68     Thomas Leonard, Baptist Minister

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.
    Magwyr / Magor, St Mary's Church - records with the Gwent RO
    Baptisms Marriages Burials
    1799-1813 1754-1812, 1814-1974 1799-1914
    Bishops Transcripts 1725-9, 1733-40, 1742-1880 - records with the NLW
    [Details as published in The Parish Registers of Wales, NLW 1986 - present location/availability may vary]

Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Magwyr / Magor 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 ST425869 (Lat/Lon: 51.577969, -2.831206), Magwyr / Magor which are provided by: