Coed-Y-Mynach / Monkswood


"MONKSWOOD, an extra parochial liberty in the lower division of the hundred of Usk, county Monmouth, 3 miles W. by N. of Usk, its post town, and 4 N.E. of Pontypool. It is situated on the river Usk. The village is small, and wholly agricultural. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Llandaff, value £80. The Duke of Beaufort is impropriator." [Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)


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.

Monkswood Extra Parochial; Statistics; Area 1030 acres; Population 85 males, 85 females, total 170

  • Monkswood Chapel       "Supposed to be a chapel planted by the Monks of Tintern Abbey though there are no data to establish this"     Attendance - afternoon 30 + 12 'children'    1 service in English             J P R Shepard, Minister

Monkswood Church, Monmouthshre. As At Present. As Proposed - on the People's Collection Wales site


    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.
      Coed-Y-Mynach / Monkswood, St Michael's Church - records with the Gwent RO
      1783-1802, 1807-19611783-1837, 1839-1924, 1926-571866, 18711783-1804, 1807-1962
      Bishops Transcripts1813-19, 1821-63, 1865-9, 1874-1900 - records with the NLW
      [Details as published in The Parish Registers of Wales, NLW 1986 - present location/availability may vary]

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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.

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