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Rhaglan / Raglan

"RAGLAND, a parish and small town in the lower division of the hundred of Ragland, county Monmouth, 7 miles S.W. of Monmouth. It has a station at Ragland Road, about a mile from the village on the Monmouthshire branch of West Midland railway. The town is situated midway on the road from Monmouth to Abergavenny. It is celebrated for the ruins of its moated castle, which stands on a gentle eminence partially hidden from view by a grove of ancient trees. It is said to have been mostly built by one of the Lords Herbert on the old castle erected in the reign of Richard II."

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


  • A companion to Ragland Castle : or, a familiar description of that beautiful and interesting ruin; with biographical notices. Monmouth : C. Hough, 1833. 47p.
  • Bradney, Joseph A. Sir. A history of Monmouthshire : from the coming of the Normans into Wales down to the present time / Vol.2, pt.1,; The hundred of Raglan. London : Mitchell Hughes and Clarke , 1911. 128p.
  • Clark, James H. Description of the magnificent ruins of Raglan Castle : with ground plan of the structure. Usk : J.H. Clark, [1894?] 52p.
  • Clark, James H. Historical sketches of Monmouthshire, ancient mansions and the magnificent ruins of Raglan Castle. Usk : J.H. Clark, 1891? .
  • Coplestone-Crow, Bruce          Strongbow's grant of Raglan to Walter Bluet         Gwent Local History vol 89 2000   Welsh Journals Online
  • Heath, Charles. Historical and descriptive accounts of the ancient and present state of Ragland Castle, and a variety of other particulars. In; Heath, Charles, 1761-1831. The excursion down the Wye from Ross to Monmouth : including memoirs and anecdotes of John Kyrle, esq. rendered immortal by the muse of Pope, under the character of "The man of Ross" 6th ed. Monmouth : Printed and sold by him [C. Heath], 1813. 128p.
  • Willett, Mark. The strangers' guide to the banks of the Wye : including Chepstow, Piercefield, Windcliff, Tintern Abbey, Raglan Castle, and other parts of the Welsh borders : with historical, topographical, and antiquarian remarks. Bristol : T. Bedford ; Sherwood & Co. , [1845] 117p.

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.

Ragland Parish; Statistics; Area 4083 acres; Population 452 males, 428 females, total 880

  • Raglan Parish Church    Attendance - (average)  morning 120 + 40 scholars, evening 120 + 40 scholars    2 services in English        William Powell, BD, Vicar
  • Ebenezer Chapel, Baptist     Erected 1820   Attendance - (average) morning 100 + 41 scholars, afternoon 41 scholars, evening 150         "There is a day and Sunday school conducted in the building"      John Jones, Baptist minister
  • Zion Chapel, Independent or Congregational     Erected 1842    Attendance - (average) morning 25 + 15 scholars, afternoon 20 scholars, evening 100        Charles Norward, Deacon

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.
    Rhaglan / Raglan, St Cadocus's Church - records with the Gwent RO
    Baptisms Marriages Burials
    1722-1863 1722-44, 1754-1839 1722-1868
    Bishops Transcripts 1725-42, 1744-1873 - 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 Rhaglan / Raglan has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


  • Raglan Wales UK Domesday Book site - "This site is intended as a modern day Domesday book for a small Village known as Raglan Wales, UK. It contains the Raglan and District Local History Records for Raglan Wales, UK. It is intended for researchers of persons, places and activities."


  • 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 SO413076 (Lat/Lon: 51.763947, -2.852006), Rhaglan / Raglan which are provided by:

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