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Maerun / Marshfield

"MARSHFIELD, a parish in the upper division of the hundred of Wentllooge, county Monmouth, 5 miles S.W. of Newport, its post town, and 7 from Cardiff: It has a station on the Great Western line of railway. The village, which is small, is chiefly agricultural. The appropriate tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £176, and the vicarial for one of £48. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Llandaff, value £52, in the patronage of the Dean and Chapter of Bristol. The church is a large and ancient structure with stone stalls."

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


  • Phillips, Roger      Religion on the moors: Nonconformity and education at Castleton and the Wentloog moors in the nineteenth century   Gwent Local History vol 57 1984     Welsh Journals Online
  • Smith, David.          Marshfield : an historical account and personal recollections of the life and times of a Great Western main line station. Welsh Railway Archive Supplement to Vol 1 (March 1994), p. 2-48.

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.

Marshfield Parish; Statistics; Area 1270 acres; Population 271 males, 255 females, total 526

  • Marshfield Parish Church    Attendance - morning 26 + 9 scholars       1 service, Welsh and English alternately, by the curate            Samuel Evans, Curate
  • Salem Particular Baptist      Erected  1807       Attendance - morning 350 + 90 scholars; evening 640 + 56 scholars         John Davies, Secretary, Castletown
  • Sion Calvinistic Methodist   Erected 1836    Attendance - morning 18 + 15 scholars, evening 50 + 12 scholars     Edward Cosslett, Steward, Castletown
  • Loft near The Mill, Castletown, Wesleyan            Building erected before 1800; not used exclusively as a place of worship        Attendance (average) morning 24, afternoon 20, evening 60     Thomas Maule, Steward, near the coach and horses, Castletown

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.
    Maerun / Marshfield, St Mary's Church - records with the NLW
    Baptisms Marriages Banns Burials
    1653-1713, 1715-27, 1732-5, 1742-1938 1653-1713, 1715-27, 1732-5, 1742-1913 1824-1952 1653-1713, 1715-27, 1732-5, 1742-1812
    Bishops Transcripts 1725-1867 - records with the NLW
    [Details as published in The Parish Registers of Wales, NLW 1986 - present location/availability may vary]

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Historical Geography

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  • 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 ST259822 (Lat/Lon: 51.533776, -3.069732), Maerun / Marshfield which are provided by: