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Portskewett, Monmouthshire

Historical Description

Portskewett, a village and a parish in Monmouthshire, on the estuary of the Severn, the Julian Way, and 5 miles SW by S of Chepstow, with a station on the South Wales section of the G.W.R. at the terminus of the Severn Tunnel, and a post, money order, and telegraph office under Chepstow. Acreage, 1111 of land, with 423 of adjacent tidal water and 543 of foreshore; population of the civil parish, 1190; of the ecclesiastical, 1237. The name is said to be a corruption of Porth-is-Coed (the port by the wood). Portskewett was an important place in the ancient territory of Gwent, and a castle was built by Harold, which was burnt down in a Welsh raid. The living is a rectory, united with the rectories of St Pierre and Sudbrook, in the diocese of Llandaff; net value, £293 with residence. The church is ancient and has been restored. In the churchyard are the remains of a fine cross.

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 parishPortskuett St. Mary 
Poor Law unionChepstow 
Registration districtChepstow1837 - 1968
Registration districtCaerleon1968 - 1974

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Civil Registration

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For births, marriages, and deaths in Portskewett from 1837 to 1968 you should search for the Chepstow Registration District.
For births, marriages, and deaths in Portskewett from 1968 to 1974 you should search for the Caerleon Registration District.

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