Pen-Allt / Penallt


"PENALTH, a parish in the upper division of the hundred of Ragland, county Monmouth, 1½ mile S.E. of Monmouth, its post town, and 12 miles from Chepstow. The village, which is of small extent, is situated on the river Wye. The living is endowed with the rectorial tithes. The living is a vicarage annexed to that of Trelleck, in the diocese of Llandaff. The parochial charities produce about £12 per annum." [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 established after 1851.

Penalt Parish; Statistics; Area 2284 acres; Population 244 males, 223 females, total 467

  • Parish Church     Attendance - morning 37 + 50 scholars, afternoon 78 + 38 scholars        2 services in English     William Oakeley, Curate
  • Dwelling House, Primitive Methodist    Erected 1839     Attendance - afternoon 25, evening 35          William Richards, Society Steward
  • Baptist Chapel      Erected 1821      Attendance - morning 6, evening 21         "The above chapel has been without a minister for nearly four years; an attempt to is now being made with the view (if possible) to revive the Baptist cause at Pernalt amongst a large, scattered and poor population"     Joseph Moore, Minister

    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.
      Pen-Allt / Penallt, Church of Unknown Dedication - records with the Gwent RO
      1779-18691765-1812, 1815-19701779-1902
      Bishops Transcripts1725-91, 1793-1849, 1851-70 - 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.
    •  Map of the parish of Penallt in the County of Monmouth   - on the People's Collection Wales site

    You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SO517093 (Lat/Lon: 51.780077, -2.700834), Pen-Allt / Penallt which are provided by: