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The Wye, Gloucestershire

Historical Description

Wye, The, a river of Wales, Herefordshire, Monmouthshire, and Gloucestershire. It rises on Plynlimmon, pursues a winding course of about 130 miles in a south-east direction; goes past Rhayader, Pont-ar-Ithon, Builth, Aberedw, Llanstephan, Glasbury, Hay, Moecas, Hereford, holme Lacy, Ross, the Bicknors, Monmouth, Tintern, and Chepstow; is joined by the Elan at Rhayader, the Ython at Pont-ar-Ithon, the Yrfon at Builth, the Edwy at Aberedw, the Machwy at Llanstephan, the Lugg 4 miles below Hereford, and the Monnow at Monmouth, and falls into the Severn 2¼ miles S of Chepstow. It is known to the Welsh as Gwy, is navigable for large vessels to Chepstow and for barges to Hay, is swept in its lower reaches by a tidal " bore " with a tidal rise of from 40 to 50 feet, is subject to strong freshets from the Welsh mountains, and is famous for beauty of scenery.

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

Church Records

The Gloucestershire Parish Registers are available online at Ancestry, in association with Gloucestershire Archives.

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Gloucestershire is available to browse.