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"LLANFRECHFA, a parish in the lower division of the hundred of Usk, county Monmouth, 5 miles S.E. of Pontypool, and 2 from Caerleon, its post town. A tributary of the river Usk flows through the parish. The workhouse for the Pontypool Poor-law Union is situated here. Woollen goods are manufactured. The living is a perpetual curacy* in the diocese of Llandaff, value £85, in the patronage of the dean and chapter. The charities amount to about £5 per annum." [Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)



  • Hockey, Primrose        Elizabeth Harcourt Mitchell              Gwent Local History vol 49 1980    Welsh Journals Online
  • Hockey, Primrose                 Capel Zion, Ponthir, Gwent        Gwent Local History vol 64 1988    Welsh Journals Online
  • Takel, R E            The Bath House, Llanyravon: a small domestic feature, long since disappeared        Gwent Local History. No. 95 2003   Welsh Journals Online

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.

Llanfrechfa Parish consisting of Upper and Lower Divisions; Statistics; Area 4320 acres; Population 1342 males, 1160 females, total 2502

  • Upper Division
  • Bethel Chapel, Independent Erected 1837 Attendance - morning 100 + 50 scholars, afternoon 62, evening 150 "The inserted chapel has been purchased in 1837 for the sum of £220 which has been paid by a gent. named Edward Wrench from the same place .........." Edward Williams, Minister, Bron Heulog, Cwmbran
  • Siloam Chapel, Cwmbran, Baptist Erected 1838 Attendance - morning 120, evening 150 Ebenezer Philip Williams, Baptist Minister, Cwmbran
  • Gren-Meadow-Room, Wesleyan Methodist Erected 1850 Attendance - morning 40, afternoon 52, no school George Thomas, Hugh Carter; Wesleyan Minister, Pontypool * Separate entry listed in Return under Lower Division for Green Meadow Chapel.(Wesleyan) A room in a dwelling house. David Jones, Steward
  • Lower Division
  • Llanvrecgva (sic) Parish Church Attendance (average) - morning 90 "The number of children attending the two schools amounts to between 55 or 60" 1 service in English William Howell, Incumbent
  • Primitive Methodist Chapel, Cwmbran Erected 1844 Attendance - morning 32 scholars, afternoon 37 scholars, evening 40 "It is also let for a day school" Elijah Filer, Steward, Square, Cwmbran
  • Pontrhydyrun Chapel, Baptist Erected 1815 Attendance (including Sunday scholars) - morning 160, evening 212 David D Evans, Minister, Pontrhydyrun Works
  • Sion Chapel, Baptist Erected c 1803 Attendance - morning 200, evening 350 Reese Griffiths, Minister, Ponterw, nr Cairlion
  • See above for entry under Upper Division for Green Meadow Chapel.(Wesleyan)

See John Ball's site Welsh Churches and Chapels Collection for a photograph/data re All Saints' Church


    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.
      Llanfrechfa, All Saints Church - records with the Gwent RO
      Baptisms Marriages Banns Burials
      1727-1971 1727-1963 1763-1804, 1839-1965 1727-68, 1777-1958
      Bishops Transcripts 1725-41, 1743-1852, 1854-68, 1870-4 including Cwmbran from 1860 - records with the NLW
      Griffithstown, St Hilda's Church (formed from Llanfrechfa + Pant-teg/Panteg 1898) - records with the Gwent RO
      Baptisms Marriages Banns
      1888-1961 1888-1971 1888-1949
      [Details as published in The Parish Registers of Wales, NLW 1986 - present location/availability may vary]

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