The church of St. Thomas-a-Becket is an ancient structure of stone, partly in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and a saddleback western tower, containing 3 bells: there are 200 sittings. The register dates from 1680, but is much mutilated.
The living is a rectory, with Kilgwrrwg annexed in 1884, joint net yearly value £241, with residence and 30 acres of glebe, in the gift of the Bishop of Llandaff and the Archdeacon of Llandaff, alternately, and held since 1891 by the Rev. Charles Carne Williams M.A. of Jesus College, Oxford. There is a Congregational chapel at New Inn Hill.
It is said that there formerly were five court or manor houses here. The farm-house known as Court-y-Gaer occupies the site of an ancient camp or stronghold; a large portion of the moat is still remaining. The Duke of Beaufort, who is lord of the manor, Lieut.-Col, Edward Waugh Rumsey, of Goodrich, Herefordshire, and George SmedIey esq. are the principal landowners.
The soil is a clayey loam; subsoil, marl. The chief crops are wheat and oats. The area is 2,656 acres, rateable value £1,218 and the population in 1891 was 158.
The Letter Box at Cobbler's Plain, cleared at 6 p.m. Letters arrive from Chepstow at 9 a.m.
The nearest money order office is at Llanishen, & telegraph office at Trelleck, about 4½ miles distant.
This parish is included in the United School Board district of East & West Newchurch, formed 11 Dec. 1874. The children of this parish attend the school at Devauden.
Williams Rev. Charles Carne M.A., Rectory
Bevan Edwin, farmer, Tydeon
Davies William, Plough inn P.H
Evans Benjamin & William, farmers, Great House farm
Evans David, farmer, Cwm Vagor
Evans Thos., farmer. Court Valkins farm
Frost William, farmer, Court-y-gaer
Jones Thomas, shopkeeper
Lewis Amos, carpenter
Lewis Mary (Mrs.), farmer
Morgan Rachel (Mrs.), farmer & overseer, Clydach
Park John Turner, farmer, Mynydd-bach
Powell James, farm bailiff to R. Stratton esq., The Hill farm
Price Thomas, farmer, Nanty gelly
Preece John, farmer, Lower Tydeon
Stephens Chas., farmer, Box cottage
Waters William, farmer, Porthvainor
Williams James, farmer & overseer, Cefn Gollow
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