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Rhisga / Risca
"RISCA, a parish in the upper division of the hundred of Wentllooge, county Monmouth, 5 miles N.W. of Newport, its post town, and 9 from Pontypool. It is situated on the Crumlin canal and tram-railway, and is chiefly dependent upon its extensive collieries, copper and ironworks. The impropriate tithes belong to the Bishop of Llandaff. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Llandaff, value £102, in the patronage of the Vicar of Bassaleg. The church is dedicated to St. Michael (now St Mary). Risca House, about half a mile S.E. of the village, is the principal residence."
[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
- Burland, Len Homfray: an industrial dynasty Gwent Local History vol 101 2006 Welsh Journals Online
- Jones, Alan V. Risca - its industrial and social development. Bognor Regis : New Horizon, c1980. 128p.
- Jones, Alan Risca Copper works revisited Gwent Local History. No. 95 2003 Welsh Journals Online
- Jones, Alan V The Pontymister Riots of 1893 Gwent Local History vol 56 1984 Welsh Journals Online
- Osborne, G O. Notes on the origin of the place name 'Risca'. Gwent Local History 67 1989 Welsh Journals Online
- Osborne. G O Roman lead mines at Risca? Gwent Local History vol 100 2006 Welsh Journals Online
- Osborne, G O Dr Notes on the Place Name Pontymister: Identification of "Mayst" in the Taxatio of 1291 Gwent Local History 70 1991 Welsh Journals Online
- Osborne, Graham The construction of the Grwyne Fawr Waterworks (1913-1928): a relic at Crosskeys Gwent Local History. No. 98 2005 Welsh Journals Online
- Paget, Mary (ed). Man of the Valleys: the Recollections of a South Wales Miner. Alan Sutton, 1985. 166p. William Paget, 1870-1968) lived at Colliery Place, Risca.
- Portrait of a parish : Risca. Gwent Family History Society Journal. No. 73 (Mar. 2004), p. 23-25 .
- Strickland, Jack. Risca Rugby days of glory. Newport : Starling, 1983. 85p.
- The Risca Colliery explosion : a full report of the evidence given at the inquest, carefully compiled from the reports of the "Star of Gwent", "Merlin" and short-hand notes taken on the spot ; to which is added an index of the contents. Newport, printed at the "Star of Gwent" Office, 1861. 101p.
- The Urban District of Risca, Monmouthshire, official guide. Gloucester : British Publishing Co.,  16p.
- Bethany Baptist Chapel, Tredegar Street, Risca, Other
- Cemetery Chapel, Cemetery Chapel, Cromwell Road, Risca, Risca, Other
- Church In Wales Church, Woodward Road, Crosskeys, Church In Wales Church, Woodward Road, Crosskeys, Crosskeys, Other
- Cwmynant, Cwmynant, Cwmynant, Other
- Ebenezer Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan), St Mary Street, Risca, Ebenezer Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan), St Mary Stre, Risca, Other
- Fernlea Pentecostal Church, Fernlea, Risca, Fernlea Pentecostal Church, Fernlea, Risca, Risca, Other
- Glyn, Danygraig Road And Tredegar Street, Risca,, Glyn, Danygraig Road And Tredegar Street, Risca,, Risca, Other
- Hope, High Street, Crosskeys,, Hope, High Street, Crosskeys,, Crosskeys, Other
- Moriah, Tredegar Street, Risca,, Moriah, Tredegar Street, Risca,, Risca, Other
- Old Moriah, Risca, Old Moriah, Risca, Risca, Other
- Primitive Methodist Church, Gladstone Road, Crosskeys, Primitive Methodist Church, Gladstone Road, Crossk, Crosskeys, Other
- Risca Plymouth Brethren, Risca, Risca Plymouth Brethren, Risca, Risca, Other
- Saints Anthony And Clare's Catholic Church, Park Road And Ly, Saints Anthony And Clare's Catholic Church, Park R, Risca, Other
- St David's Methodist, Ty Sign,, St David's Methodist, Ty Sign,, Ty Sign, Other
- St David, Ty Sign, Risca, St David, Ty Sign, Risca, Ty Sign, Risca, Other
- St John's Methodist Chapel, St John's Methodist Chapel, Risca, Other
- St Margaret's Church, Commercial Street, Risca, St Margaret's Church, Commercial Street, Risca, Risca, Other
- St Mary's Church, Church Road, Risca, St Mary's Church, Church Road, Risca, Risca, Other
- Trinity Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan), St Mary Street, Risca, Trinity Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan), St Mary Stree, Risca, Other
- Ty Isaf Mission, Pontymister,, Ty Isaf Mission, Pontymister,, Pontymister, Other
- Tymelyn, Tymelyn, Tymelyn, Other
- Zoar Chapel (Calvinistic Methodist), St Mary Street, Risca, Zoar Chapel (Calvinistic Methodist), St Mary Stree, Risca, Other
You can also perform a more selective search for
churches in the Rhisga / Risca area
that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help
identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the
of the churches marked on a map.
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.
Risca Parish; Statistics; Area 1877 acres; Population 1091 males, 953 females, total 2044
- The Church of an Ancient Chapelry "There are no legends to know when consecrated or licensed" Attendance - morning 49 + 15 scholars, evening 93 2 services in English David Davies, Incumbent
- Paran, Welsh Independents Erected 1843 Attendance - morning 85, afternoon 49 scholars, evening 91 Ll Griffiths, Deacon, Agent Chemical Works
- Soar, Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Erected 1810 Attendance - morning 70, afternoon 54 scholars, evening 106 Thomas Evans, Minister, Walnut Tree House, Risca
- Moriah Chapel, Baptists Erected 1818, rebuilt 1836 Attendance - morning 247, afternoon 100 scholars, evening 415 "Be it observed that that all the services are conducted almost exclusively in the Welsh language" James Rowe, Minister, Risca
- Wesleyan Methodist Chapel Erected 1835 Attendance - morning 155 + 40 scholars, evening 250 + 69 scholars Samuel Bateman, Steward, Grocer, Risca
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.
Rhisga / Risca, St Mary's Church (re-erected 1853, formerly St Michael's)- records with the Gwent RO
||1696, 1725-75, 1777-1840, 1842, 1845-52, 1876 - records with the NLW
[Details as published in The Parish Registers of Wales, NLW 1986 - present location/availability may vary]
Cwm-Carn, St John the Evangelist's Church (formed from Mynyddislwyn + Rhisga/Risca 1922) - records with the Gwent RO
You can see pictures of Rhisga / Risca which are provided by:
- 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 ST236911 (Lat/Lon: 51.613478, -3.104824), Rhisga / Risca which are provided by:
- Risca Black Vein Colliery - on the Welsh Coal Mines site
- Risca Black Vein Colliery. Death Rolls 14 Jan 1846; 12 March 1853 and 1st Dec 1860 - on the Welsh Coal Mines site
- Risca Industrial History Museum site
- Coal mines in the Cross Keys/Risca area - on the Cross keys Local History site. Some of the mines featured are; Benson's level; Celynen South; Blackvein; Cwmbyr; Cwmcarn; Darran; Drill Hall; Green's level; Jack y North; Nine Mile Point; North Risca; Old Ventillator: Prince of Wales;Rock Vein. See also the Welsh Coal Mines site for individual named pits