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"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)
Transcribed by Colin Hinson 2003]



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.

Skenfrith Parish; Statistics, Area 4720 acres; Population 320 males, 299 females, total 619

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(Last updated - Gareth Hicks  - 15 April 2011)

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