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Skenfrith or Skenfreth, Monmouthshire

Historical Description

Skenfrith or Skenfreth, a village and a parish in Monmouthshire. The village stands on the river Monnow, 6¼miles NW by N of Monmonth, and has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Monmonth. There is a bridge of three arches over the river. The parish comprises 4885 acres; population of the civil parish, 501; of the ecclesiastical, 491. Skenfrith Castle dates from the Norman period, and was a stronghold in the Border warfare between the Welsh and the English. It was thrice visited by Henry III. for the purpose of treating with Llewellyn. It is in the form of a trapezium. A small circular keep, and portion of the walls remain. The manor belongs to the Duke of Beaufort. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Llandaff; net value, £140 with residence. The church is an Early English edifice with a lantern tower. An ancient cope is preserved here, and the church contains an interesting Morgan tomb of 1557 date. There are Roman Catholic, Wesleyan, and Baptist chapels.

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 parishSkenfreth St. Bridget 
Poor Law unionMonmouth 

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