Kelly's Directory of Monmouthshire,1901
The proprietors trust that the present Edition of Kelly's Directory of Monmouthshire may be found at least equal in accuracy to the previous ones. Every place in Monmouthshire, and every parish will again be found to be included in the book. The Letters M.O.O. and S.B. are abbreviations adopted by H.M. Post Office to represent Money Order Office and Savings Bank.


GWERNESNEY, or the parish of the Alders, so called from trees of that kind once growing there in great profusion, is on the road from Usk to Chepstow, 2 miles east-by-north from Usk railway station on the Coleford, Monmouth, Usk and Pontypool section of the Great Western railway, l2 from Chepstow and 15 north-east from Newport, in the southern division of the county, hundred and petty sessional division of Usk, Pontypool union, Usk county court district, rural deanery of Usk, archdeaconry of Monmouth and diocese of Llandaff.

The church of St. Michael is a small building of stone, in the Norman style, consisting of a chancel, nave, south porch and a small western bell turret containing 2 bells: there are sittings for 80 persons. The register of baptisms and burials dates from the year 1758; marriages, 1757. The living is a rectory, net income 90, with residence and 27acres of glebe, in the gift of the Duke of Beaufort, and held since 1871 by the Rev. James Blower, B.A. of Jesus college Oxford, who is also vicar of Llangeview.

The Duke of Beaufort is lord of the manor, and the trustees of the late Edward James Phillips esq., of Woodlands, near Pontypool (d. 1900), are chief landowners. The soil is clayey; subsoil, clay. The chief crops are wheat. The area is 545 acres; rateable value, 584; the population in 1891 was 52.

Post office: Alfred Matthews, sub-postmaster.
Letters by messenger from Usk at 7 a.m. dispatched at 5.20 p.m. week days only. Postal orders are issued, but not paid. Usk is the nearest money order & telegraph office, 2 miles distant.

The children attend the schools at Usk, Llandenny & Llangwm Ucha.

Blower Rev. James B.A., Rectory house, Court-y-gollen

Evans Edward, farmer, Steps farm
Jenkins James Thomas Edward, farmer,
Pritchard Thos., farmer, Church farm
Williams Jsph., farmer, Slough farm