Rhisga / Risca
"RISCA, a parish in the upper division of the hundred of Wentllooge, county Monmouth, 5 miles N.W. of Newport, its post town, and 9 from Pontypool. It is situated on the Crumlin canal and tram-railway, and is chiefly dependent upon its extensive collieries, copper and ironworks. The impropriate tithes belong to the Bishop of Llandaff. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Llandaff, value £102, in the patronage of the Vicar of Bassaleg. The church is dedicated to St. Michael (now St Mary). Risca House, about half a mile S.E. of the village, is the principal residence." [Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
- Burland, Len Homfray: an industrial dynasty Gwent Local History vol 101 2006 Welsh Journals Online
- Jones, Alan V. Risca - its industrial and social development. Bognor Regis : New Horizon, c1980. 128p.
- Jones, Alan Risca Copper works revisited Gwent Local History. No. 95 2003 Welsh Journals Online
- Jones, Alan V The Pontymister Riots of 1893 Gwent Local History vol 56 1984 Welsh Journals Online
- Osborne, G O. Notes on the origin of the place name 'Risca'. Gwent Local History 67 1989 Welsh Journals Online
- Osborne. G O Roman lead mines at Risca? Gwent Local History vol 100 2006 Welsh Journals Online
- Osborne, G O Dr Notes on the Place Name Pontymister: Identification of "Mayst" in the Taxatio of 1291 Gwent Local History 70 1991 Welsh Journals Online
- Osborne, Graham The construction of the Grwyne Fawr Waterworks (1913-1928): a relic at Crosskeys Gwent Local History. No. 98 2005 Welsh Journals Online
- Paget, Mary (ed). Man of the Valleys: the Recollections of a South Wales Miner. Alan Sutton, 1985. 166p. William Paget, 1870-1968) lived at Colliery Place, Risca.
- Portrait of a parish : Risca. Gwent Family History Society Journal. No. 73 (Mar. 2004), p. 23-25 .
- Strickland, Jack. Risca Rugby days of glory. Newport : Starling, 1983. 85p.
- The Risca Colliery explosion : a full report of the evidence given at the inquest, carefully compiled from the reports of the "Star of Gwent", "Merlin" and short-hand notes taken on the spot ; to which is added an index of the contents. Newport, printed at the "Star of Gwent" Office, 1861. 101p.
- The Urban District of Risca, Monmouthshire, official guide. Gloucester : British Publishing Co.,  16p.
|Church, Crosskeys (Church in Wales)|
|St David, Ty Sign, Risca (Church in Wales)|
|St Margaret, Risca (Church in Wales)|
|St Mary, Risca (Church in Wales)|
|Bethany Chapel, Risca (Baptist)|
|Hope Chapel, Crosskeys (Baptist)|
|Moriah Chapel, Risca (Baptist)|
|Old Moriah Chapel, Risca (Baptist)|
|Sunday School, Cwmynant (Baptist)|
|Glyn Chapel, Risca (Independent)|
|Cemetery Chapel, Risca (Cemetery)|
|Church, Crosskeys (Primitive Methodist)|
|Ebenezer Chapel, Risca (Wesleyan Methodist)|
|St David, Ty Sign (Methodist)|
|St John Chapel, Risca (Methodist)|
|Trinity Chapel, Risca (Welseyan Methodist)|
|Zoar Chapel, Risca (Calvinistic Methodist)|
|Saints Anthony & Clare, Risca (Roman Catholic)|
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.
Risca Parish; Statistics; Area 1877 acres; Population 1091 males, 953 females, total 2044
See the Monmouthshire county page for links to online records
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Rhisga / Risca, St Mary's Church (re-erected 1853, formerly St Michael's)- records with the Gwent RO Baptisms Marriages Banns Burials 1813-1946 1754-1823, 1825-1958 1834-1925, 1942-72 1813-1935 Bishops Transcripts 1696, 1725-75, 1777-1840, 1842, 1845-52, 1876 - records with the NLW
[Details as published in The Parish Registers of Wales, NLW 1986 - present location/availability may vary]
Cwm-Carn, St John the Evangelist's Church (formed from Mynyddislwyn + Rhisga/Risca 1922) - records with the Gwent RO Baptisms Marriages Banns 1919-49 1923-71 1923-66
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You can see the administrative areas in which Rhisga / Risca has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.
- Roll of Honour site - Risca (Pontywaun County Secondary School) Memorial WWI
- 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 Risca in the County of Monmouth - on the People's Collection Wales site
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference ST238917 (Lat/Lon: 51.618598, -3.101492), Rhisga / Risca which are provided by:
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- National Library of Scotland (Old Ordnance Survey maps)
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- Risca Black Vein Colliery - on the Welsh Coal Mines site
- Risca Black Vein Colliery. Death Rolls 14 Jan 1846; 12 March 1853 and 1st Dec 1860 - on the Welsh Coal Mines site
- Coal mines in the Cross Keys/Risca area - on the Cross keys Local History site. Some of the mines featured are; Benson's level; Celynen South; Blackvein; Cwmbyr; Cwmcarn; Darran; Drill Hall; Green's level; Jack y North; Nine Mile Point; North Risca; Old Ventillator: Prince of Wales;Rock Vein. See also the Welsh Coal Mines site for individual named pits