Risca, Monmouthshire

Historical Description

Risca, a village and a parish in Monmouthshire. The village stands on the river Ebbw and the Monmouthshire Canal, 5 ½ miles WNW of Newport. It has a station on the Western Valley section of the G.W.R., and a post, money order, and telegraph office under Newport. The parish contains also the villages of Cross Keys, Pontymister, and Pontywain, and comprises 1879 acres; population, 5647. It is governed by an urban district council of eighteen members. There are collieries, tinplate and steel works, an iron and steel foundry, a brewery, fire-brick works, and limekilns. The public hall in Risca village was erected in 1884. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Llandaff; gross value, £225 with residence. Patron, the Vicar of Bassaleg. The church was rebuilt in 1853. There are Roman Catholic, Baptist, Calvinistic Methodist, Congregational, Presbyterian, and Wesleyan chapels, and a cemetery.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1894-5

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