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Eglwys Newydd Ar Y Cefn Yr / Newchurch

"NEWCHURCH, a parish in the upper division of Caldicott hundred, county Monmouth, 5 miles N.W. of Chepstow, its post town, and 12 from Monmouth. It is in two divisions, E. and W., and includes the chapelry of Devandean. The village is considerable, but chiefly agricultural. The living is a perpetual curacy* in the diocese of Llandaff, value £166. There is also a chapel-of-ease at Devandean. The parochial charities produce about £8 per annum." [Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)

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.

Newchurch Parish consisting of East Division and West Division; Statistics; Area 5434 acres; Population 382 males, 365 females, total 747

  • East Division
  • Devanden Chapel, Church of England                 Consecrated 1837 as an additional chapel to the Mother Church       Attendance - morning 39 scholars, afternoon 70 + 39 scholars, evening 59    2 services in English      David Jones, Off. Ministr
  • Glynn Chapel, Wesleyan       Erected 1824         Attendance - afternoon 35   "One service at half two every Sabath and once in three weeks on Wednesday at 7 in the evening"   James White, Steward, Glen Vale
  • Mount Ephraim, Wesleyan    Erected 1841          Attendance - morning 23 (alternately afternoons)    Thomas Thomas, Local Preacher, Middle St
  • West Division
  • Newchurch Parish Church     Attendance - (average) morning 30, afternoon 50 (alternately?)        1 service in English        Joseph Camplin Prosser, Vicar

    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.
      Eglwys Newydd Ar Y Cefn, Yr / Newchurch, St Peter's- records with the Gwent RO
      Baptisms Marriages Burials
      1710-78, 1780-1942 1710-1970 1711-78, 1780-1897
      Bishops Transcripts 1725-1868 - records with the NLW
      Ddefawdon, Y / Devauden, Unknown Dedication (formed from Yr Eglwys Newydd ar y Cefn/Newchurch) - records with the Gwent RO
      Baptisms Marriages
      1839-1955 1958-70
      Bishops Transcripts 1839-48, 1851-73 - records with the NLW
      [Details as published in The Parish Registers of Wales, NLW 1986 - present location/availability may vary]

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