Drenewydd Gelli-Farch / Shire Newton

"SHIRE-NEWTON, a parish in the upper division of Caldicott hundred, county Monmouth, 4 miles W. of Chepstow, its post town, and 10 from Usk. It is situated on an eminence overlooking a fertile valley. It was formerly of more importance than at present. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Llandaff, value £310, in the patronage of the lord chancellor. The church is dedicated to St. Thomas-a-Becket. The parochial charities produce about £4 per annum. There is a National school." [Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)



  • Evans, J Daryll.                From Shirenewton to Llandaff : Bishop Bleddyn's reforms.            Gwent Local History 76 1994      Welsh Journals Online
  • Webster, Janet. A bronze head of Mars from Shirenewton, Gwent. Britannia 21 (1990), p. 295-7.

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.

Shire-Newton Parish; Statistics; Area 3544 acres; Population 508 males, 425 females, total 933

  • Shirenewton Parish Church Attendance - morning 78 + 37 scholars, afternoon 92 + 24 scholars 2 services in English Edward Inwood Jones, Rector
  • Wesleyan Chapel Erected c 1825 Attendance - evening 70 Zechariah Jones, Steward
  • Bible Christians, Mynydd Bach Erected 1850 Attendance - morning 8, afternoon 18, evening 11 James Penny, Steward
  • Earlswood Wesleyan Methodist Erected 1799 Attendance - afternoon 80 John James, Steward
  • Mount Zion, Gaerlwyd, Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Erected 1842 Attendance - morning 37 scholars, afternoon 69 "A Day School held within the chapel commencing March 31 1851" Edward Jones, Member, Caerlwyd
  • Fishers Place, Bible Christians "This is a cottage in which there has been Religious Service for the last 10 or 12 years" Attendance - evening 30 William Powell, Steward

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.
    Drenewydd Gelli-Farch / Shire Newton, St Thomas à Becket's Church - records with the Gwent RO
    Baptisms Marriages Banns Burials
    1730-69, 1771-1971 1733-1971 1803-7, 1848-1928 1730-1955
    Bishops Transcripts 1725, 1729-38, 1740-1867, 1881-7 - records with the NLW
    [Details as published in The Parish Registers of Wales, NLW 1986 - present location/availability may vary]

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