Llanhiledd / Llanhilleth


"LLANHIDDEL, (or Llanhilleth), a parish in the upper division of the hundred of Abergavenny, county Monmouth, 4 miles N.W. of Pontypool, its post town, and 12 from Usk. It is situated on the river Ebwy. The Aberbeeg station of the Western Valleys line of railway is about 1 mile N.W. of the village. Coal is obtained here. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Llandaff, value £109. The church is dedicated to St. Iltyd. The Independents and Baptists have each a chapel. Here are some very ancient yew trees, also traces of a British camp and other remains." [Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)



  • Burchell, Irene V           St Illtyd's, Brynithel - "The Old Church"              Gwent Local History 75 1993      Welsh Journals Online
  • Daniels, Clive. Trinant in photographs : with Aberbeeg, Llanhilleth, Crumlin, Kendon and Oakdale. Volume 1. Abertillery : Old Bakehouse, 1995. 128p.
  • Eckley, Simon. Abertillery, Aberbeeg and Llanhilleth. Stroud : Chalford Publishing, 1995. 159p. Archive Photographs.
  • Eckley, Simon. Voices of Abertillery, Aberbeeg and Llanhilleth. Chalford : Chalford Publishing, 1996. 127p.
  • Pritchard, Bill. Old Aberbeeg & Llanhilleth in photographs. Abertillery : Old Bakehouse, 1995. 128p.
  • Pritchard, Bill. Old Aberbeeg and Llanhilleth in Photographs. Vols 1 & 2. 1991 & 1994.
  • Robinson, Howard         Boyhood memories of Aberbeeg            Gwent Local History 78 1995  Welsh Journals Online
  • Robinson, Howard            Letter from America: Edwin Wyld or Wilde ?            Gwent Local History vol 101   2006    Welsh Journals Online
  • Thomas, Malcolm. Look back at Old Aberbeeg and Llanhilleth. Vol 1. 2001.
  • Weeks, Robert          A post-dissolution monastic site and its landscape: Cillonydd on Mynydd Maen        Gwent Local History. No. 92 2002   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.

Llanhilleth Parish; Statistics; Area 2013 acres; Population 509 males, 390 females, total 899

  • Llanhilleth Parish Church Attendance - morning 14 +31 scholars, afternoon 12 2 services, 1 in Welsh James Hughes, Rector
  • Crumlin Church of England Licensed Schoolroom Licensed 1846 Attendance - evening 30 + 20 scholars James Hughes, Licensed Minister
  • Wesleyan Chapel Erected 1850 Attendance - morning 16, afternoon 14 Henry Crook, Local Preacher, Mellon Sq, Commercial St, Newport
  • Ebenezer Baptist Chapel Erected 1838 Attendance - morning 123, evening 210 William Morgan, Secretary

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.
    Llanhiledd / Llanhilleth, St Iltyd's Church - records with the Gwent RO
    Baptisms & BurialsMarriagesBaptismsMarriagesBurials
    1733-18131733-90 recorded in 1935 apparently lost1813-19131813-19111813-1930
    Bishops Transcripts1725-1861 - records with the NLW
    Aber-big / Aberbeeg (listed with Llanhiledd / Llanhilleth) - records with the Gwent RO
    [Details as published in The Parish Registers of Wales, NLW 1986 - present location/availability may vary]

Description & Travel

You can see pictures of Llanhiledd / Llanhilleth which are provided by:






Historical Geography

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



  • Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site
    • Llanhilleth Institute & River Ebbw 
    • View showing smoke from residential coal fires in Llanhilleth, Blaenau Gwent taken in 1976


  • Family Search have an interactive map called "England and Wales Jurisdictions 1851" showing parish (and other) boundaries with optional background maps such as Ordnance Survey. There is also a Search facility, do read the guidance notes to get maximum benefit from this useful resource. See here for further background information to assist in the interpretation of this data
  • 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.
  •  Plan of the parish of Llanhilleth in the County of Monmouth - on the People's Collection Wales site

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SO223010 (Lat/Lon: 51.702373, -3.126425), Llanhiledd / Llanhilleth which are provided by:


Military History



  • Llanhilleth Colliery - on the Welsh Coal Mines site.
  • Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site
    • Llanhilleth Colliery, the lattice headframe on the No.2 shaft, 1975. 
    • Lamp Check, Llanhilleth Colliery 281
    • Llanhilleth Pithead Baths
    • Llanhilleth Colliery Rescue Brigade 1923/4