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Brynbuga / Usk

"USK, a parish, post and market town in the hundred of Usk, county Monmouth, 12 miles S.W. of Monmouth, and 10 from Newport. It is a station on the Monmouth branch of the Newport and Hereford (Great Western) line. The town is beautifully situated on the river of its own name, which is here crossed by a fine and very substantial bridge of five arches, erected by William Edwards, the architect of the celebrated Pont-y-pridd. Usk is a sessions and polling town, and jointly with Monmouth and Newport sends a member to parliament."

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


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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.

Usk Parish (part of)  with Gwehellog hamlet; Statistics; Area 2223 acres; Population 903 males, 873 females, total 1776

  • Usk
  • St Mary's Church, Usk      Attendance - morning 250 + 70 scholars, evening 550     2 services in English        William Evans, Vicar
  • St Francis Xavier's Catholic Church, Usk     Erected 1846    Attendance - morning 1340, afternoon 160             Argius (Joseph Alexander), Priest
  • The Twyn Chapel, Independent      Erected 1800      Attendance - morning 45 + 20 scholars, evening 50 + 20 scholars         Evan Jones, Deacon and Manager, Bridge St, Usk
  • Baptist Chapel, Usk     Erected 1842    Attendance - morning 61 + 12 scholars, evening 96 + 12 scholars          John Jones, Minister, Bank, Usk
  • Wesleyan Chapel, Middle St      Erected 1817    Attendance - morning 45, afternoon school, evening 70       John Creese, Steward
  • Gwehellog Hamlet
  • Wesleyan Chapel, Gwehelog      Erected 1822     Attendance -  morning 18, afternoon 80      James Hughes, Steward, Trostrey

Glascoed Hamlet being part of the Parish of Usk; Statistics; Area 1733 acres; Population 147 males, 115 females, total 262

  • Glascoed Chapel of Ease    Consecrated 1849 ... as an additional church      Attendance - afternoon 96      "Tradition says an ancient chapelry existed here but there are no remains....."  William Evans, Vicar of Usk

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.
    Brynbuga / Usk, St Mary's Church - records with the Gwent RO
    Baptisms Marriages Banns Burials
    1742-1963 1742-1957 1824-1965 1742-1953
    Bishops Transcripts 1696, 1725-1858, 1865-1900 - records with the NLW
    [Details as published in The Parish Registers of Wales, NLW 1986 - present location/availability may vary]

Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Brynbuga / Usk 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 SO376007 (Lat/Lon: 51.701514, -2.904374), Brynbuga / Usk which are provided by:

Military History