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Panteague (St. Mary)

PANTEAGUE (St. Mary), a parish, in the union and division of Pont-y-Pool, hundred of Usk, county of Monmouth, 4 miles (W. S. W.) from Usk; containing 2171 inhabitants. The parish is traversed by the road from Pont-y-Pool to Newport; and comprises 3455a. 10p., of which about 633 acres are arable, 1188 meadow and pasture, 960 common pasture, and 456 woodland. The scenery is in some parts bold and mountainous, in others picturesque, and is diversified with extensive lakes, some of which stretch beyond the limits of the parish. The soil exhibits several varieties, but is principally clay and loam. Here are iron and coal mines, and quarries of limestone and other stone used for building; several hundred persons are employed at iron-furnaces and forges, and at tin-plate mills. The Monmouthshire and Breconshire canal passes through the parish. The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the king's books at £7. 10. 2½., and in the gift of Capel Hanbury Leigh, Esq.: the tithes have been commuted for £331, and the glebe comprises about 34 acres. There are two chapels where the service of the Church is performed; one situated at Pont-y-moile, formerly a meeting-house belonging to the Society of Friends; and the other at Pen-yr-hoel, built at the expense of Mr. Leigh. The Independents have a place of worship.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858.