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Risca, Monmouthshire

Historical Description

Risca, a village and a parish in Monmouthshire. The village stands on the river Ebbw and the Monmouthshire Canal, 5½ 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 & 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 parishRisca St. Michael 
Poor Law unionNewport 
Registration districtNewport1837 - 1936
Registration districtCaerleon1936 - 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 Risca from 1837 to 1936 you should search for the Newport Registration District.
For births, marriages, and deaths in Risca from 1936 to 1974 you should search for the Caerleon Registration District.

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