Kelly's Directory for 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.
ABERYSTRUTH is a parish, 9 miles west from Abergavenny, 3 east from Tredegar, in the Western division of the county, hundred of Abergavenny, petty sessional division and union of Bedwellty, Tredegar county court district, rural deanery of Blaenau Gwent, archdeaconry of Monmouth, and diocese of Llandaff. This extensive, parish has no village of its own name, but the following places are contained in it, viz.:- Nant-y-glo, Garnfach and Blaina.

BLAINA is a large village with a station on the Monmouthshire section of the Great Western railway, 178 miles from London, 4 north from Aberbeeg, and 7 east from Tredegar, and is governed by the Nant-y-glo and Blaina Urban District Council, established under the "Local Government Act, 1894." The church of St. Peter, the parish church of Aberystruth, standing in Blaina is a cruciform structure of stone, rebuilt in 1857, in the Norman style, and consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, transepts, south porch and an eastern tower with spire, containing 8 bells, given by Messrs. Lancaster and Co. Limited: there are 600 sittings. The register of baptisms and burials dates from the Year 1736; marriages, 1737. The living is a rectory, net yearly value 175, in the gift of the Marquess of Abergavenny, K.G. and held since 1900 by the Rev. David Thomas Davies B.A. of St. David's College, Lampeter. Charities, amounting annually to about 2, are given to the poor at Christmas. There are several dissenting chapels. A cemetery of 5 acres was formed in 1886 and is under the control of the Nant-y-glo and Blaina Urban District Council.
Here are the Blaina tinplate works and furnaces, and in the vicinity are many collieries, giving employment to a great number of hands. There is a large hall, which is used for public meetings, and will hold 1,000 persons.
The Marquess of Abergavenny K.G. is lord of the manor. The principal landowners are the Nant-y-glo and Blaina Iron Works Co. Limited, The Ebbw Vale Co. Limited, and Messrs. Webb Brothers, of Abertillery.
The soil of the parish is all mountain land, scarcely any cultivated, but there are a few farms amongst the hills; nearly thewhole country is taken up by iron works, mines and collieries.
The area of Aberystruth civil parish is 11,650 acres of land and 103 of water; rateable value, 50,879; the population in 1881 was 18,668, and in 1891 was 25,913, of which 8,283 are attached to the mother church.
The area of Nant-y-glo and Blaina Urban District is 3,860 acres; rateable value, 41,100; the population in 1891 was 12,410.

Post, M. O. & T. O., T. M. O., Express Delivery, Parcel Post, S. B. & Annuity & Insurance Office, Blaina, (Railway Sub-Office: Letters should have R.S.O. Mon. added).- Mrs. Mary Abraham, postmistress.
Letters arrive at 5.55 a.m.; north mail at 9.15 a.m. & 4 p.m. ; dispatched at 11.15 a.m. ; 4.20 & 7.20 p.m. ; sundays, 6.40 p.m.
Pillar Box, Railway terrace, cleared daily, 8.30 & 10.15 a.m.; 3.50 & 6.50 p.m.; sunday, 6.l0 p.m
Wall Letter Box, Abertillery road, cleared at 8.50 & 10 a.m.; 4 & 7 p.m.; sundays, 6.15 p.m.;
Wall Letter Box, High street, cleared at 7.30 & 10 a.m.; 3.50 & 6.35 p.m.; sundays, 5.55 p.m


James John.Davies esq. D.L., Myrtle grove, Blackwood, Newport, chairman

Brown George Arthur esq. The Willows, Tredegar
Dakers John esq. 4 Ombersley road, Newport
Davies Rees Thomas Edward, L.R.C.P.(Edin.), Cae Glas, New Tredegar
Davies William Henry, Cwmdows, Newbridge, Newport
Evans Howell Thomas esq. The Laurels, Blackwood, Newport
Goldsworthy Thomas esq. Camborne villa, Gold Top,Newport
Green John esq. Brynglas, Blackwood
Grove Edwin esq. D.L. Brendon view, Stow park, Newport
James Phineas esq. Abercarn, Newport
James Gwilym Cristor esq. Gwaelod-y-Garth, Merthyr Tydfil
Jones Edwin Southwood esq. Danygraig, Risca
Jones George esq. Victoria house, Abercarn, Newport
Jones Samuel Nathan esq. Duffryn house Abertillery R.S.O
Lewis Edmund Roger esq. Rock cottage, Blackwood, Newport
Llewellin William esq. Morants court, Sevenoaks
Lyne Col. Charles D.L. Bryn-Hyfrydd, Stow hill, Newport
Marsh Charles William Earle esq. D.L. Rockdale, Stow park, Newport
Phillips Edward esq. Bryn Glas, Ebbw Vale R.S.O
Phillips James esq. Laurels, Nant-y-glo R.S.O
Phillips Nehemiah esq. Brynsyfi, Elliotstown,NewTredegar
Phillips Titus esq. Gwynfrin, Bryngwyn road, Newport
Powell William Henry esq. 30 Stow Park avenue, Newport
Pugh Thomas Philip esq. Morgan street, Newport
Richards David Theophilus M.D. The Meadows, Risca, Newport
Routledge William Henry esq. Blackwood, Newport
Smith William esq. Rhymney R.S.O
Stanfield John esq
Stewart William esq
Thomas Edmund esq. Gellyhaf, Maesycwmmer, Cardiff
White Thos. Philip, Hill View house Maes-y-cwmmer, Cardiff
Wilkinson George William esq. Risca house, Newport
Williams Benjamin Francis esq. Q.C., B.A. 38 Craven Hill gardens, Hyde park, London W
Williams Edmund Jones esq. Coed Jory. Abertillery R.S.O
Williams William Edwin esq, Ty Clyd, Govilon,Abergynny
Wolstenholme Matthew esq. Llanfoist house,, Abergavenny

The chairmen, for the time being, of the Abercarn, Abertillery, Bedwellty, Ebbw Vale, Nant-y-glo & Blaina, Rhymney, Risca & Tredegar Urban District Councils, are ex-officio magistrates.

Clerk to the Magistrates, Edward H. Davies, Tredegar

Petty Sessions are, held at the Police station, Blaina, once a month, on friday, at 11 a.m.
The following places are include in the petty sessional division:- Abercarn, Abertillery, Aberystruth, Bedwas (Upper &- Lower), Bedwellty, Clawrplyf, Ebbw Vale, Islawrcoed, Manmoel, Mynyddislyn, Mynyddmaen, Penmaen, Rhymney, Tredegar & Uwchlawrcoed & such parts of the parishes of Beaufort,, Dukestown, LIangynider, Llangattock, Lechryd & Rassau as now form part of the administrative county of Monmouth.

County Police Station, James Watkins, sergeant-in-charge. 1 sergeant & 8 constables


Offices, High street, Blaina, meeting day, 4th thursday at 5 p.m.

Chairman, John Price.
vice-Chairman, David Rees.

Llewelyn Blunt
George Robert Harris
William Gregson
John P. D. Williams
(Retire in April, 1901)

Edwin Griffiths
William Roberts
William Morris Williams
John Price
(Retire in April, 1902.)

Thomas William Allen
David Rees
James Manning
Thomas Treharne
(Retire in April, 1903.)

Clerk: John Alexander Shepard, Town hall, Tredegar
Treasurer, F. Elkington, Brynmawr
Medical Officer of Health, Henry Crook Bevan, M.P.C.S., L.R.C.P.(London). Blaina R.S.O
Surveyor & Engineer, William Lloyd, High street, Roach
Collector, Lewis W. Richards, Brynteg
Sanitary Inspector, Thomas Davies, High street, Blaina

(with times of Services)

St. Peter's Church, Rev. David Thomas Davies B.A. Rector; 11 a.m. & 6.30 p.m.; wed. 7 p.m. ; communion, 8 a.m. everv sunday
Baptist, Garn,Rev. J. Glynn Williams; 11 a.m .& 6 p.m., mon. & wed. 7 p.m.
Baptist (English & Welsh), Rev. William E. Stephens; 10.30 a.m. & 6 p.m.; Mon & wed. 7 p.m
Calvinistic (English & Welsh), Rev. Evan Davies; 10 a.m. & 6 p.m.; mon. & wed. 7 p.m.
Congregational (English), Rev. David Williams; 11 & 6 p.m. ; mon. & thurs. 7.30 p.m.
Congregational, Tallistown (English), Rev. J. Rhys Price
Congregational (welsh), Rev. David Richard Morgan; 10 a.m. & 6 p.m. ; mon. 7 p.m.
Presbyterian Rev. John Maxwell Lloyd; 10.30 a.m. & 6 p.m.; mon . & wed. 7 p.m.
Primitive Methodist; 11 a.m. & 6 p.m.; tues. 7.30 p.m
Wesleyan, Rev.S. Leonard Evans; 11 a.m. & 6 p.m.; thurs 7.30 p.m.
Wesleyan (Welsh); 11 a.m. & 6 p.m.

A School Board of 9 members was formed for Aberystruth parish 20 February, 1875.
Rev.Isaac Aled Jones, Blaina, clerk to the board.
John Davies. Blaina Gwent, Abertillery R.S.O., attendance officer
William Morgan, Nant-y-glo, attendance officer
William D. Jones, Cwm, attendance officer
The board meets at the Board rooms, Blaina, the second tuesday in each month, at 4.45 p.m.

Board School, built in 1884, for 1,315 children; average attendance, 370 boys, 340 girls & 340 infants; Jos.William Parry, master, Miss Ellen Athay, girls' mistress; Miss Dinah Reed, infants mistress.

Great Western Railway station, William Sheldon James, station master

Davies Thos. (Mrs.), farmer, Coitcaetilly
Howells George, farmer, Glandafael
Isaacs Isaac, farmer, Hafodydafael
Monmouthshire & Cwm Colliery Company
Thomas William, farmer, Purhiwllech

Bennett William, Railway terrace
Bevan Henry Crook
Davies Rev. David Thomas B.A. (rector)
Davies Rev. Evan (Calvinistic Methodist), Abertillery Road
Davies Rev. John Morgan B.A. (curate)
Evans Rev. S. Leonard (Wesleyan)
Gregson William, Terrace house
Jones Rev. Isaac Aled (clerk to the Aberystruth school board.) Abertillery road
Lloyd Rev. Jn. Maxwell (Presbyterian)
Morgans Rev. David Richard (Congregational)
Price Rev. J. Rhys (Congregational.), Tallistown
Poulaine Eugene, Blaina house :
Rutherford John, Holly villa ,
Stephens Rev, William E. (Baptist)
Swinturne John, Woodlands
Tongue Mrs., Bay villa
Williams Rev. David (Congregational)
Williams John P. D., Poplar villa

Allen Thomas William, manager of Cooperative stores, High street
Allen Wm. tea dealer, 49 High street
Arnould James, butcher, High street
Babel Theodore, furniture dealer. Church street
Bainton John & Sons, tailors & drapers, 92 High street
Bevan Henry Crook M.R.C.S.(Eng.), L.R.C.P.(Lond.), physician & surgeon & surgeon to the Nant-y-glo & Blaina Colliery Co.; North Blaina Colliery Co.; Blaina Iron & Tinplate Co.; Pyle & Blaina Works Co.; & medical officer for Nant-y-glo district, Bedwellty union & certifying factory surgeon.
Bevan William, draper, 121 High street
Blaina Industrial & Provident Society Lim. (T. W. Allen, mgr.), high street
Blaina Iron & Tinplate Co. Limited (P. S. Phillips, chairman)
BlainaReading Institute (Harry Gunter, librarian), High street
Blaina Volunteer Fire Brigade (Edwin Griffiths, captain), High street
Brynmawr & Abertillery Gas,& Water Co. Limited (Thomas Acland, secretary. & manager)
Bush Elijah, butcher, high street
Caffull Thomas, confectioner, 30 High s
Capital & Counties Bank Limited (sub-branch) (Frederick Elkington, manager), High street; draw on head office, 39 Threadneedle street, London E
Chilton Mary (Mrs.), butcher, High street
Chard Joseph, news agent, Abertillery road
Coombs Sarall (Mrs.), beer retailer High street
Davies Francis, confectioner, 115 High street
Davies Mary Ann (Miss), general dealer 75 High street
Davies Thomas, sanitary inspector, Nant-y-Glo & Blaina Urban District Council, High street
Davies William, farmer, Ty Andrell
Drew William job master, Red Lion yard
Edmunds Margaret, (Mrs.), shopkeeper, 43 High street
Edwards David, beer retailer, High street
Edwards Harriet (Mrs.), shopkeeper, Church street
Elkins Jeremiah, general dealer, 18 High street
Evans David, grocer, 7 & 8 High street
Evans Maria (Mrs.), shopkeeper, 154 High street
Evans Mary Ann (Mrs.), fancy repository, High street
Evans John, grocer, 91 High street
Evans Sarah (Mrs.), haulier
Evans William, blacksmith
Fewtrill Jas. shopkeeper, Abertillery road
Graves Thomas, farmer, Tanbearth
Griffiths Bros. Ltd. brewers, High street
Griffiths Edwin, grocer, Clock row
Griffiths John, Rising Sun P.H
Grinter Ernest, draper, High street
Hale Henry, farmer, Cwm Celyn
Harris & Co. pawnbrokers, High street
Harris Sarah (Mrs.), coffee rooms, High street
Harris Marcus, clothier, High street
Hillier Charles, shoe maker, High street
Hillier William, bill poster
Hole William, greengrocer, Abertillery road
James Benjamin Aubrey, grocer, High street, Abertillery road
James Elizabeth Florence (Mrs.), Queen's hotel, Abertillery road
James Samuel, furniture dealer, Abertillery road
Jenkins Tom, fancy dealer. 80 High street
Jones A. & Co. monumental masons, High street
Jones & Jones, grocers, High street
Jones & Son, grocers, Church street
JonesWilliam & Thomas, butchers, 71 High st
Jones Benjamin, shopkeeper. Abertillery. road
Jones Daniel, grocer, Bridge house
Jones Edward, ironmonger. 46 High street
Jones John, undertaker, Abertillery road
Jones Thomas, grocer & draper & agent for W. & A. Gilbey Lim. wine & Spirit merchants, High street
Jones Thomas Hy. grocer, 70 High street
Jones William Nicholas, grocer. High street
Kelson Charles, greengrocer, 48High street
Knight & Sons, butchers, High street
Lancaster John & Co. Lim. colliery owners, Griffin-Nant-y-glo steam coal collieries; head office, Blaina; shipping offices, Dock street, Newport (Robert Gardner, secretary)
Lawley Arthur, butcher, 74 High street
Laughton Elizabeth (Mrs.), Royal Exchange P.H
Lewis Edwd. greengrocer, 110 High street
Lewis Rachael (Mrs. ), Foresters' Arms P.H
Lewis Edmund, Blaina inn
Lewis John, Griffin P.H
Manning Francis. boot maker, 56 High street
Maynard Jn. refreshment rooms, 85 High street
Meyrick Geo. fried fish shop, High street
Meyrick Robt. hardware dealer, 60 High street
Morgan Edward, fruiterer, 97 High street
Morris John, beer retailer, Abertillery road
Morgan Jn., saddler & harness maker, Hig h street
Nicklin Albert, confectioner, 86 High street
Obertelli & Co., confectioners, 72 High street
Overton William, shopkeeper, Abertillery road
Page, Robert, builder, High street
Parry Thomas, beer retailer, High street
Parfitt David James, butcher, 51 High street
Parfitt Emily (Mrs.), fruiterer, 50 High street
Parry William, farmer, Cwm farm
Pegler W. & Son, grocers, High street
Price Fredk., Rolling Mill P.H., High street
Pritchard Thos.Hy., chemist, 52 High street
Pryce William M. watch maker, High street
Powell John, tailor, High street
Price Hannah (Mrs.), beer retailer, Railway terrace
Price William, boot maker, 76 High street
Protheroe Thos., grocer & draper, High street
Pyle & Blaina Works Lim. (Eugene Poulaine, manager), ferro-manganese & spiegeleisen makers
Read Caroline (Mrs.), farmer
Reed John, outfitter, Abertillery road
Rees Rees, Red Lion P.H. High street
Richards Alfred, hair dresser, High street
Richards Lewis W. collector to the Nant-y-Glo & Blaina Urban DistrictCouncil, Brynteg
Roberts Nehemiah, baker, 118 High street
Roach William Lloyd, suryeyor & engineer to Nant-y-Glo & Blainai Urban District Council, High street
Rogers George Robert, hair dresser,84 & 114 High street
Rosser James, butcher
Samson Moses, clothier, High street
Schwartz Robert, clothier, 39 High st
Short Stephen, greengrocer, High street
Silk William shopkeeper, Abertillery road
Simmonds Mary (Mrs.), Globe P.H
Simmonds Nelly (Miss), milliner, High street
Simmonds Tom, Tilers' Arms, Abertillery road
Smith Cassandra (Mrs.), jeweller,High street
Solomons Moses, pawnbroker, 17 High street
Sproule Edith (Miss), Castle hotel
Stone J. & W. colliery owners, North Blaina colliery (W. Gregson, Manager)
Tarbet Frederick & Co. furniture dealers.44 High street
Thomas John, boot maker, Church street
Thomas Thomas David, draper & outfitter, High street
Wallen James & Son, boot & shoe makers, High street
Walters David Morgan, hair dresser, 99 High street
Waikins David John, news agent, Church street
Watkins William, Yew Tree P.H., Railway terrace
Williams Bros. grocers & drapers, 77 High street
Williams Ann (Mrs.), greengrocer, 59 Abertillery road
Williams & Sons. builders. Green meadows
Williams Lemuel, White Lion P.H., Queen street
Wookey Thos., shopkeeper, 87 High street
Wright William, beer retailer
York Edwd. shopkeeper, 125 High street
Young John, watch maker, High street