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Llanfihangel Llantarnam

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"LLANVIHANGEL LLANTARNAM, a parish in the lower division of the hundred of Usk, county Monmouth, 3 miles N. of Newport. Caerleon is its post town. It is situated on the Afon Llwyd, a tributary of the river Usk. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Llandaff, value £108. The church is dedicated to St. Michael. The endowments belonging to the parish produce nearly £30 per annum. Llanvihangel House stands upon the site of, and is partly built from, the ruins of a Cistercian abbey that formerly stood here." [Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)



  • Cadwell, Mildred             A walk about in history: Upper Cwmbran          Gwent Local History vol 46 1979      Welsh Journals Online
  • Edwards, Arthur. The rites and wrongs of Llantarnam, Gwent, in 1899. Theologia Cambrensis 3 (1989), p. 5-11.
  • Nichols,  Reginald         The New Town of Cwmbran before 1850 or Some chit-chat about the lower Eastern Valley       Gwent Local History vol 53 1982    Welsh Journals Online
  • Osborne, G O & G J Hobbs          Note on the Names and Location of Two Granges of Llantarnam Abbey: Makenel (Machenlleth) and Torald      Gwent Local History vol 87 1999    Welsh Journals Online     
  • Osborne, G O & G J Hobbs              A note on 'conesiding': a grange of Llantarnam Abbey            Gwent Local History vol 99 2005         Welsh Journals Online
  • Russell, J L                  Cwmbran Development Corporation, Llanyravon Farm; Interim Historical Report        Gwent Local History vol 43 1977          Welsh Journals Online
  • Sims, Peter. Whoops - a mishap at Llantarnam! The Welsh Railways Archive. Vol. 3, no. 2 (2000), p.54-55.
  • Takel, R E              A disappearing past           Gwent Local History. No. 96 2004   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.

Llanfihangel Llantarnum Parish; Statistics; Area 4092 acres; Population 683 males, 545 females, total 1228

  • Llanvihangel Lantarnum Parish Church Attendance - evening 69 + 14 scholars 2 (?) services in English David Davies, Incumbent
  • The Forge Room, Lantarnam, Baptist Erected 1849, not used exclusively as a place of worship Attendance - morning 32 + 22 scholars, afternoon 56 scholars, evening 65 Thomas Morgan, Manager, Pudler Cwmbran Iron Works
  • Elim Chapel, Independents Erected 1844 Attendance - morning 150, evening 300 We have no day school belonging to Elim Chapel John Jones, Deacon, St Diats Farm, Llantarnum
  • Wesleyan Methodist Erected ? - not used exclusively as a place of worship (otherwise a private dwelling) Attendance - evening 40 Charles Birkett, Local Preacher, 51 Commercial St, Newport
  • Penywain Chapel, Independent Erected 1819 Attendance - morning 45, evening 67 William Waters, Deacon

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.
    Llanfihangel Llantarnam, St Michael's Church - records with the Gwent RO
    Baptisms Marriages Banns Burials
    1727-1883, 1894-1927 1727-1971 1824-90, 1894-1915, 1961-74 1727-1889, 1897-1945
    Bishops Transcripts 1725-7, 1729-1855 - records with the NLW
    [Details as published in The Parish Registers of Wales, NLW 1986 - present location/availability may vary]

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Historical Geography

  • The OS Map of 1833 shows Cwmbran as a farm situated in the area now known as Upper Cwmbran, in the valley named Cwm Bran. Cwmbran New Town - Wales's first 'New Town' - was created in 1949 following the New Towns Act of 1946 "... to provide accommodation for the numerous employees who each day made their way to work in the new industries that were springing up in the Cwmbran Area."

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