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Hengastell / Oldcastle

"OLDCASTLE, a parish in the lower division of the hundred of Abergavenny, county Monmouth, 6 miles N.E. of Abergavenny, its post town, and 9 from Crickhowell. The parish, which is of small extent, is situated upon the E. slope of the Black mountains, which skirt the vale of Ewyas near the river Monnow. The village consists of a few farmhouses. The tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £48 4s. 6d., and the glebe consists of about 123 acres."

[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.

Oldcastle Parish; Statistics; Area 922 acres; Population 23 males, 24 females, total 47

  • St James Parish Church      Attendance - morning 10, scholars none       1 service in English    Theophilus Morgan, Incumbent

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.
    Hengastell / Oldcastle, St John the Baptist's Church - records with the Gwent RO
    Baptisms Marriages Burials
    1784-1976 1773-1804, 1815-35, 1837-1960 1784-1812, 1816-1974
    Bishops Transcripts 1702-4, 1707-11, 1714-17, 1723-1809, 1813, 1815-17, 1821-38, 1845-78, 1880, 1882-3 - 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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The transcription of the section for Oldcastle from the National Gazetteer (1868) provided by Colin Hinson.

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Hengastell / Oldcastle 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 SO324245 (Lat/Lon: 51.914869, -2.984259), Hengastell / Oldcastle which are provided by: