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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.
The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Llandaff, value £100. The church, which formerly belonged to the priory, is an ancient stone structure, dedicated to St. Oswald. It has an embattled tower crowned with pinnacles, and a carved oak ceiling, and stalls with effigies of tho 14th century. The tithes were commuted in 1839. Malpas court is the principal residence. There is a National school."
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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