"LLANWENARTH, a parish in the upper division of the hundred of Abergavenny, county Monmouth, 2 miles N.W. of Abergavenny, its post town, and 9 from Crickhowell. It is situated at the foot of the Sugarloaf Hill, called here Pen-y-Foil, and is watered by the river Usk. Coal and ironstone are obtained. The village is considerable. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Llandaff, value with the curacy of Govilon, £470. The church is dedicated to St. Peter. The charities amount to about £4 per annum." [Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)

”Llanwenarth, a parish comprising Llanwenarth- Citra, in the lower, and Llanwenarth-Ultra, in the upper, division of the hundred of ABERGAVENNY, county of MONMOUTH, 2 miles (N. W. by W.) from Abergavenny, and containing 2001 inhabitants, of which number, 188 are in the Citra, and 1813 in the Ultra, division. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Llandaff, rated in the king's books at £26. 6. 3. The Earl of Abergavenny was patron in 1780. The church is dedicated to St. Peter. There is a place of worship for Baptists. At Carn-y-Derris, in this parish, coal and iron works have been lately established.” (Samuel Lewis Topographical Dictionary of England 1831)


According to the Kain/Oliver maps Citra is the part of the parish of Llanwenarth which is north of the River Usk and Ultra is that part below the river



  • Rules to be observed by a friendly society of tradesmen and others, held at the dwelling house of Elizabeth Davies, known by the sign of the Lion Inn ... in the village of Govilon, ... parish of Llanwenarth, ... denominated the Caradawc Friendly Society : commencing on the thirtieth day of February, 1836; certified according to 10 Geo. IV. c.56, as amended by the 4. & 5. Wm. IV. c.40, by John Tidd Pratt. Caradawc Friendly Society. Abergavenny : Printed for the use of the society by James Hiley Morgan, [1837?].

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.

Llanwenarth Parish, Citra Division; Statistics; Area 2860 acres; Population 132 males, 122 females, total 254

  • No Returns

Llanwenarth Parish, Ultra Division; Statistics; Area 2480 acres; Population 1184 males, 1064 females, total 2248

  • Govilon Chapel of Ease   Licensed 1848 as additional chapel of ease.       Erected by public subscription, cost £800         Attendance - morning 48 + 25 scholars, afternoon 30 scholars, evening 80       2 services in English        William Hughes, Minister
  • Baptist Chapel    Erected 1695    Attendance -  (Present) morning 262, afternoon 164 scholars, evening 371     (Average) Morning 650, afternoon 160 scholars, evening 650      "The members and hearers reside in Llanwenarth Ultra, Llanwenarth Citra, Llanelly, Llanfoist, Llanelen, Lanover, Abergavenny. Many of these do not attend but once a month. This will account for the apparent discrepancy in the Average column"     Francis Hiley, Minister, Govilon Post Office
  • Wesleyan Methodist Chapel  (Garnddyrris)     Erected 1829      Attendance - morning 45 scholars, afternoon 45 + 32 scholars, evening 55           John Lashford, Steward, Garnddyrris
  • Ebenezer Chapel, Particular Baptist              Erected 1844      Attendance - morning 40 + 40 scholars, evening 61 + 40 scholars     William Williams, Minister, Garndyris
  • Pwlldu Chapel of Ease for Three Sects, Baptists, Independents and Methodists     Erected 1820, Rebuilt 1850      Attendance - morning 94 scholars, afternoon 142 + 93 scholars, evening 123 (prayer meeting)   James Davies, Deacon, Collier

See John Ball's site Welsh Churches and Chapels Collection for a photograph/data re St Peter's 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.
      Llanwenarth Citra, St Peter's Church - records with the Gwent RO
      1725-1811, 1813-661725-1901, 1903-531823-821725-1891
      Bishops Transcripts1725-1870 - records with the NLW
      (see also Blaenafon/Blaenavon)
      Blaenafon / Blaenavon, St Peter's Church (formed from Llanofer/Llanover + Llan-ffwyst/Llanfoist + Llanwenarth + Abersychan 1860) - records with the Gwent RO
      1804-19501805-19711805-401805-74, 1885-1936
      Bishops Transcripts1806-42, 1847-51 - records with the NLW
      Llanwenarth Ultra (Gofilon / Govilon), Christ Church (formed from Llanwenarth Citra 1865) - records with the Gwent RO
      [Details as published in The Parish Registers of Wales, NLW 1986 - present location/availability may vary]

    Description & Travel

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    Historical Geography

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    • 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 part of the parish of Llanwenarth in the county of Monmouth. Section 1 and Section 2 - on the People's Collection Wales site

    You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SO263148 (Lat/Lon: 51.827339, -3.071408), Llanwenarth which are provided by: