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Ynysgynwraidd / Skenfrith

"SKENFRETH, a parish in the upper division of the hundred of Skenfreth, county Monmouth, 6 miles N.W. of Monmouth, and 24 from Hereford. The village, which is small and chiefly agricultural, is situated at the bridge over the river Monnow. In the vicinity is the ruin of Skenfreth Castle. It was of trapezium form, encircled by a curtain wall of immense thickness, and defended by six towers and a circular keep, but of which nothing now remains but the outer wall. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Llandaff, value £215. The church is an ancient structure dedicated to St. Bridget, and has several stained windows."

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


  • Bradney, Joseph A. Sir. A history of Monmouthshire : from the coming of the Normans into Wales down to the present time / Pt.1,; The hundred of Skenfrith. London : Mitchell Hughes and Clarke , 1904. 144p.
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  • Knight, Jeremy K. The three castles : Grosmont Castle, Skenfrith Castle, White Castle, Hen Gwrt medieval moated site. Cardiff : Cadw: Welsh Historic Monuments , 2000. 48p.
  • Levett, F G. The story of Skenfrith, Grosmont and St. Maughans with excursions to Llangattock-Vibon-Avel and Llanrothal. F.G. Levett, 1984. 250 leaves.
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  • Portrait of a parish : Skenfrith. Gwent Family History Society Journal. No. 70 (June 2003), p. 9-10.
  • Remfry, Paul M. Skenfrith Castle 1066 to 1449. Malvern Link : S.C.S. Publishing, c2000. 47p.

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.
    Ynysgynwraidd / Skenfrith, St Bridget's Church - records with the NLW
    Baptisms Marriages Banns Burials
    1639-1745 with gaps, 1751-65, 1767-1925, 1928 1639-1731 with gaps, 1755-1837 1824-1947 1639-1745 with gaps, 1751-65, 1767-1917
    Bishops Transcripts 1726-84, 1786-7, 1789-1860 - records with the NLW
    [Details as published in The Parish Registers of Wales, NLW 1986 - present location/availability may vary]

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Historical Geography

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You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SO455203 (Lat/Lon: 51.878549, -2.793155), Ynysgynwraidd / Skenfrith 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.

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