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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.


PENHOW is a parish about 3 miles from the Bristol Channel, on the road from Chepstow to Newport, 3 miles north from Magor station onthe Severn Tunnel junction and Newport section of the Great Western railway, and 7 north-east from Newport, in the Southern division of the county, Caldicot hundred, petty sessional division, union and county court district of Newport, rural deanery of Netherwent, archdeaconry of Monmouth, and diocese of Llandaff.

The church of St. John the Baptist, standing close to Penhow Castle, is an ancient building of stone in the Early English style, and was restored and the chancel entirely rebuilt in the year 1851; it consists of chancel, nave, south aisle, south porch and a tower containing 5 bells : there is a large and ancient font: there are 150 sittings. The register of baptisms and burials dates from the year 1725; marriages 1751.

The living is a rectory, net income 136, with about 30 acres of glebe and residence, in the gift of Mrs. Perry-Herrick, of Beaumanor park, Leicestershire, and held since 1886 by the Rev. John Ward.

The principal landowners are Mrs. Perry-Herrick, who is lady of the manor, the Duke of Beaufort and Williarn Henry Phillips Jenkins esq. of St. Pierre, Chepstow.

The soil is tolerably good, but in some places shallow; subsoil, stony and sandy. The chief crops are wheat, barley and roots. The area is 1,784 acres; rateable value, 1,482; the population in 1881 was 242.

Parish Clerk, George Williams.

Post, M.O. & T.O., T. M.O., Express Delivery, Parcel Post, S.B. & Annuity & Insurance Office. - Arthur John Richards, sub-postmaster. Letters arrive from Newport via Magor at 8.35 a.m. & dispatched at 5.15 p.m. week days only.

There is a National School for this & the adjoining parishes of Llanvaches & St. Bride Netherwent, in the last mentioned parish; also a Sunday school.

Police Station, Matthew Stead, chief constable

Ward Rev. John, Rectory

Basham Thomas, market gardener
Edwards John, butcher
Huckson Henry, carpenter, wheelwright,undertaker & coffee house keeper
Jones Charles, market gardener
Madley Caleb, farmer, Pen-y-worlod
Morgan Jacob, market gardener
Phillips George, shoe maker
Price John Green, farmer,Village farm
Price Joseph, farmer, Upper house
Prosser William, blacksmith
Pullen William, farmer
Richards Arthur John, grocer, Postoffice
Roach Alfred, farmer
Rosser George, market gardener,Green Meadow
Sadler Robert, shopkeeper
Stead Samuel & Sons, farmers, Penhow castle
Waldron Egbert R., Crosswen inn P.H