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Tyndyrn / Tintern Parva

"TINTERN PARVA, a parish in the upper division of Ragland hundred, county Monmouth, 4½ miles N. of Chepstow, and 8 from Monmouth. The village is on the river Wye, near Tintern Abbey. There are ironworks. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Llandaff, value £162. The church, dedicated to St. Michael, is paved with fragments of monumental flagstones from Tintern Abbey. The parochial charities produce about £19 per annum."


  • Blashill, Thomas. Guide to Tintern Abbey. Monmouth : Waugh, 1878. 28p.
  • Brakspear, Harold Sir. Tintern abbey, Monmouthshire . London : Printed by H.M. Stationery off : Harrison and sons, 1908. 60p.
  • Little, Brian. Thoughts on Tintern. Abergavenny : Regional Publications, 1990. 24p.
  • Osborne, G O          Note on 'Platelond(e)': a former grange of Tintern Abbey             Gwent Local History vol 89 2000   Welsh Journals Online
  • Paar, H W               Mill. wheel and engine: an episode in Tintern's industrial history            Gwent Local History 75 1993      Welsh Journals Online
  • Pickin, John              The Iron works at Tintern and Sirhowy              Gwent Local History vol 52 1982    Welsh Journals Online
  • Rainsbury, Ann. Chepstow and the River Wye in old photographs: from the Severn to Tintern; from the collections of Chepstow Museum. Stroud: Budding Books 2000. 160p.
  • Robinson, David M. Tintern Abbey. Cardiff : Cadw: Welsh Historic Monuments, 1986. 56p
  • Russill, Judith. Tintern : portrait of a parish. Gwent Family History Society Journal 28 (1991), p. 10.
  • Shelley, Henry C. Tintern Abbey : a history and an anthology. London : Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., [1914?] 91p.
  • Taylor, John. Tintern Abbey and its founders.Cwmbran : Gwent County Council Libraries, 1994.56p.

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 built after 1851.

Little Tintern Parish; Statistics; Area 827 acres; Population 190 males, 180 females, total 370

  • Tintern Parva, St Mary's Church     "Consecrated 1845 after being rebuilt and considerably enlarged........"   Attendance - morning 89/90 + 49 scholars, afternoon 43 scholars, evening 125/130              2 services in English       R W Ferguson BA, Curate
  • Wesleyan Chapel - Erected 1820   Attendance - morning 8, evening 60        Henry Richard, Society Steward       (footnote says this is wrongly listed under Chapel Hill parish but actual parish indicated was Tintern Abbey Parish. However Tintern Abbey itself  IS  in Chapel Hill parish)

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
    Tyndyrn / Tintern Parva, St Michael's Church - records with the Gwent RO
    Baptisms Marriages
    1813-1922 1756-1811, 1814-1970
    Tyndyrn / Tintern Parva, St Michael's Church - records with the incumbent (Gwent RO survey 1970)
    Burials 1813+
    Bishops Transcripts 1725-1867 - records with the NLW
    [Details as published in The Parish Registers of Wales, NLW 1986 - present location/availability may vary]

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Tyndyrn / Tintern Parva which are provided by:
  • Tintern is featured in a superb collection of photographs and information on the Wye Valley Railway.
  • The Tintern Village Web Site provides information about St Michael's and St Mary's Churches, History, Village Life, &c.

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Tyndyrn / Tintern Parva has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


  • 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 SO531007 (Lat/Lon: 51.703026, -2.680102), Tyndyrn / Tintern Parva which are provided by: