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"GOYTREY, a parish in the hundred of Upper Abergavenny, county Monmouth, 5 miles N.E. of Pont-y-Pool, and 5 S. of Abergavenny, its post town. It is situated in the vicinity of the river Usk, and on the Brecon canal, which has a wharf here. The West Midland railway passes in the neighbourhood. The scenery is very beautiful, and a large portion of the surface is woodland. There are quarries of lime and building stone, and tiles are manufactured. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Llandaff, value £227. The church is dedicated to St. Peter. There are places of worship belonging to the Baptists and Wesleyans. The parochial charities produce about £1 per annum." [Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)



  • Rooke, Marion L D               Abraham Jeremiah, Harp Maker, 1825-1886; What truth in a family memory ?          Gwent Local History. No. 90 2001  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.

Goytrey Parish; Statistics; Area; 3332 acres; Population 300 males, 254 females, total 554

  • Goytrey Parish Church (St Peter's) Erected 1846 (old church taken down) Attendance - morning 100, evening 70/100 2 services,1 English entire Informant, Charles Elias Bird, Churchwarden
  • Saron Baptist Chapel, Goitre Erected 1826 Attendance - morning 52, afternoon 23 scholars, evening 109 John Jones, Minister, Goitre Warf, nr Abergavenny
  • (Capel) Ed. Calvinistic Methodist Chapel - Erected 1808 Attendance - morning 12 scholars, afternoon 50 Roger Thomas, Minister, Llangwilim Cottage, Ragland

Goytrey Church. Woman in Welsh costume holding a baby, people going to church. - 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.
      Goetre, St Peter's Church - records with the Gwent RO
      Baptisms Marriages Burials
      1695-1728, 1732-1960 1695-1728, 1732-1971 1695-1728, 1732-1957
      Bishops Transcripts 1696, 1725-1865, 1899 - records with the NLW
      [Details as published in The Parish Registers of Wales, NLW 1986 - present location/availability may vary]

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