Aberystruth (General)

by slowhands @, Monday, March 07, 2005, 15:25 (6069 days ago) @ Williams

Aberystruth is another mining town in South Wales - in the region locally known as the Head of the Valleys - each Valley typicaly being a mining community.


"ABERYSTRUTH, (Aberystwith), a parish in the upper division of the hundred of Abergavenny, in the county of Monmouth, 8 miles S.W. of Abergavenny. Tredegar is the post-town. Of the population, above 4,000 are employed in the Beaufort coal and iron works, and nearly 3,000 in those of Sirhowy and Ebbw Vale. The living is a perpetual curacy, value £265, in the diocese of Llandaff. The patron is the Earl of Abergavenny. The church is dedicated to St. Peter. Besides the parish church, there are two district churches, one at Beaufort, which is a perpetual curacy, value £130, and another at Nantyglo, also a perpetual curacy, value £150, both in the patronage of the crown and bishop alternately. This parish is sometimes named Blaen Gwent, or "corner of Gwentland."

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]

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