Search billions of records on

Kelly's Directory for Monmouthshire,1901
The proprietors trust that the present Edition of Kelly's Directory of Monmouthshire may be found at least equal in accuracy to the previous ones. Every place in Monmouthshire, and every parish will again be found to be included in the book. The Letters M.O.O. and S.B. are abbreviations adopted by H.M. Post Office to represent Money Order Office and Savings Bank.


PENALLT is a parish on the old Chepstow road and an the west bank of the river Wye, 2 miles south-east-by-south from Monmouth railway station, 4 miles by road to the centre of the parish, Southern division of the county, Raglan hundred, petty sessional division of Trellech, union and county court district of Monmouth, Raglan and Trellech highway district, eastern division of Usk, rural deanery and archdeaconry of Monmouth, and diocese of Llandaff.

The parish church (dedication unknown) is an ancient building, of stone, standing on the side of a hill looking down upon the river Wye, and consists of chancel, nave, south aisle, south porch and western tower, containing 4 bells, one of which is dated 1660: the church was restored in 1885, and contains many mural tablets and floor stones, and a hagioscope: there are 180 sittings. The register of baptisms and burials dates from the year 1779, marriages, 1765.

The living is a vicarage separated from Trellech in 1887, net yearly value 113, with 28 acres of glebe, in the gift of the Bishop of Llandaff, and held since 1887 by the Rev. Reginald Philip Goldney B.A. of Christ's College, Cambridge. In 1888 a vicarage house was erected at a cost of 1,200 by the late Richard Potter esq. St. Mary's, a chapel of ease to the parish church, erected in the year 1869, is a small building of stone in the Gothic style, consisting of chancel, nave and a.western turret containing one small bell. The Baptist chapel was erected in 1858, and the Primitive Methodist chapel in 1864.

A Quaint Custom: On the road leading to the church, and some 1 mile distant therefrom, is a large and ancient oak, at the foot of which is a stone seat or bench, and it was formerly the custom when a funeral passed this way for the corpse to be rested on this seat while the mourners and others stood around singing a psalm: the practice of resting the corpse there is still observed.

The Argoed is the residence of Kyrle Mitford Chatfield esq. M.A. The Duke of Beaufort A.D.C. who is lord of the manor, Thomas Gilbert Prosser esq. of Monmouth, the Rev. William Bagnall-Oakeley M.A. of Newland, Coleford, and Arthur Burgham esq. of Redbrook, are the principal landowners.

The soil is sandy, with some clay; subsoil, old red sandstone. The chief crops are barley, oats, potatoes and turnips. Cider is made from apples grown in the district. The area is 2,351 acres of land and 24 of water; rateable value 1,979; the population in 1891 was 420.

Post Office.- James Williams, sub-postmaster. Letters through Monmouth arrive at 8 a.m.; box cleared, 4 p.m. winter & 5 p.m. summer. Postal orders, are issued here, but not paid. The nearest money order & telegraph office is at Redbrook

Parochial Endowed School, Pentwyn, endowed with land, now producing 6, by Rev. Zachariah Babington, vicar of Trellech in 1689, built in 1834 for 68 children, with class-room added in 1890 for 35 infants; average attendance, 36; Miss Margaret Mitchell, mistress.

Chatfield Kyrle Mitford M.A. TheArgoed
David Malcolm Charles, Upper Fernside
Goldney Rev. Reginald Phillip M.A., Vicarage
Griffiths Thomas, Lower Fernside
Pelham The Hon. Charles Arthur Lowther M.A., Moorcroft

Brookman Thomas Alexander, farmer, Tymawr Farm
Davis John, farmer, Glyn farm
Embry John, farmer, Pool farm
Evans John, farmer, White house
Gleed George, Bush inn, & farmer
Griffiths George, farmer, Sunny bank
Gunter George, farmer, The Limekilns
Haskins John Wilkins, farmer, Llananant
Haskins Walter, farmer, Church Farm
Hudson Noah, mill stone maker, Lone lane
Hudson Tom William farmer, Upper Glyn
Hunt William, farmer, The Meend
James John, farmer, Tregagle
Jenkins Silas, beer retailer
John Luke, farmer, The Meende
Morgan Isaac, farmer, Lone lane
Mullins Mark, farmer, Whitehall
Phillips Thomas farmer, Little Argoed
Pritchard Isaac, blacksmith
Pritchard James, farmer, The Farm
Probert Herbert, farmer, Pen-y-garn
Richards Samuel, farmer, Frost land
Roberts George, farmer, The Hoop
Roberts William, farmer, Old house
Robins John, miller (water), New Mills
Thomas Rowland, Boat inn
Treherne Jane (Mrs,), farmer
Vaughan James, farmer, Lone lane
Waugh Robert, farmer, Tymawr
Williams Herbert, farmer, Birch cottage
Williams James, shopkeeper and Post office
Williams John, farmer, Cae cause
Willicombe Ellen (Mrs.), shopkeeper