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"WHITSON, a parish in the lower division of Caldicott hundred, county Monmouth, 6 miles S.E. of Newport. It is situated near the Bristol Channel. The land is partly in common. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Llandaff value £180, in the alternate patronage of the Chapter of Llandaff and the Provost of Eton College. The church is said to have belonged to Portown, a place now swallowed up by the sea." [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.

Witson or Whitson Parish; Statistics; Area 1073 acres; Population 43 males, 33 females, total 76

  • Witson Parish Church     Attendance - usual number morning 6        1 service in English           B Samuel, Registrar

    Church Records

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    • 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.
      Whitson, St Mary's Church- records with the Gwent RO
      Baptisms Marriages Burials
      1728-1816 1728-1970 1728-1984
      Bishops Transcripts 1725-52, 1754, 1758-1825, 1827-68, 1870, 1872, 1875-80, 1882-9, 1891-2 - 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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