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Goldcliff, Monmouthshire

Historical Description

Goldcliff, a parish in Monmouthshire, on the Bristol Channel, 3½ miles SSW of Llanwern station on the South Wales branch of the G.W.R., and 5¼ SE of Newport. Post town, Newport, Monmouth; money order and telegraph office, Maindee. Acreage, 2196, with 8228 of adjacent foreshore; population, 249. Most of the land is part of Caldicott Level, protected from the sea by embankments. A silicious limestone cliff, about 60 feet high, rising over a great bed of yellow mica, breaks the level at the shore, has a glittering appearance under sunshine, and gave rise to the name Goldcliff. A Benedictine priory was founded here in 1113 by Robert de Chandos, and was given at the dissolution to Eton College, but no vestiges are left. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Llandaff; net value, £89. Patron, Eton College. The church is Early English. There is a Congregational chapel.

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


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyMonmouthshire 
Ecclesiastical parishGoldcliff St. Mary Magdalene 
Poor Law unionNewport 
Registration districtNewport1837 - 1936
Registration districtCaerleon1936 - 1974

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Civil Registration

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For births, marriages, and deaths in Goldcliff from 1936 to 1974 you should search for the Caerleon Registration District.

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Postal districtNP18
Post TownNewport