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"MALPAS, a parish in the upper division of the hundred of Wentllooge, county Monmouth, 1 mile N.W. of Newport, its post town. The parish, which is of small extent, is situated on the Brecon canal, near the river Usk. There was formerly a Cluniac cell to Montacute Priory, in Somersetshire, founded by William de Balun in the reign of Henry I., which at the Dissolution was given to the Herberts. The land is nearly evenly divided between arable and pasture."

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


  • Coplestone-Crowe, B. The foundation of the priories of Bassaleg and Malpas in the twelfth century. Monmouthshire Antiquary 14 (1998), p. 1-13.

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.

Malpas Parish; Statistics; Area 988 acres; Population 153 males, 174 females, total 327

  • St Mary's Parish Church   rebuilt and consecrated in 1850   (closed for repairs when Return made)     Attendance  (average) - morning 40, afternoon 40 (alternate?)      Incumbent; William Deacon Isaac

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.
    Malpas, St Mary's Church - records with the Gwent RO
    Baptisms Marriages Banns Burials
    1813-1930 1759-1932 1761-6, 1834-1924 1813-1925
    Bishops Transcripts 1725-75, 1777-90, 1792-1809, 1811-15, 1817-26, 1828-34, 1836-42, 1844-8, 1851-2, 1854 - 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 Malpas 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 ST305908 (Lat/Lon: 51.611677, -3.005128), Malpas which are provided by: