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Maerun / Marshfield

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"MARSHFIELD, a parish in the upper division of the hundred of Wentllooge, county Monmouth, 5 miles S.W. of Newport, its post town, and 7 from Cardiff: It has a station on the Great Western line of railway. The village, which is small, is chiefly agricultural. The appropriate tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £176, and the vicarial for one of £48. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Llandaff, value £52, in the patronage of the Dean and Chapter of Bristol. The church is a large and ancient structure with stone stalls." [Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)



  • Phillips, Roger      Religion on the moors: Nonconformity and education at Castleton and the Wentloog moors in the nineteenth century   Gwent Local History vol 57 1984     Welsh Journals Online
  • Smith, David.          Marshfield : an historical account and personal recollections of the life and times of a Great Western main line station. Welsh Railway Archive Supplement to Vol 1 (March 1994), p. 2-48.

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.

Marshfield Parish; Statistics; Area 1270 acres; Population 271 males, 255 females, total 526

  • Marshfield Parish Church Attendance - morning 26 + 9 scholars 1 service, Welsh and English alternately, by the curate Samuel Evans, Curate
  • Salem Particular Baptist Erected 1807 Attendance - morning 350 + 90 scholars; evening 640 + 56 scholars John Davies, Secretary, Castletown
  • Sion Calvinistic Methodist Erected 1836 Attendance - morning 18 + 15 scholars, evening 50 + 12 scholars Edward Cosslett, Steward, Castletown
  • Loft near The Mill, Castletown, Wesleyan Building erected before 1800; not used exclusively as a place of worship Attendance (average) morning 24, afternoon 20, evening 60 Thomas Maule, Steward, near the coach and horses, Castletown

ST MARY'S CHURCH, MARSHFIELD (aerial)   - 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.
      Maerun / Marshfield, St Mary's Church - records with the NLW
      Baptisms Marriages Banns Burials
      1653-1713, 1715-27, 1732-5, 1742-1938 1653-1713, 1715-27, 1732-5, 1742-1913 1824-1952 1653-1713, 1715-27, 1732-5, 1742-1812
      Bishops Transcripts 1725-1867 - records with the NLW
      [Details as published in The Parish Registers of Wales, NLW 1986 - present location/availability may vary]

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