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Glascoed School photograph c 1926-27


My father’s cousin, Clyde Purnell, told me that when she used to visit her grandparents, Richard and Elizabeth Arnold at Glascoed, in the early 1900s, it always seemed as though everyone in the village was related to each other. When I visited the graveyard at Mount Zion Baptist Chapel, I started to see what she meant! Several branches of my family intersect at Glascoed in the mid to late 19th Century. After years of trying to find how far back I could get with my family tree, I became inspired to undertake a different sort of study.

This project aims to collate and make sense of as much information as possible on the historical Glascoed, with the aim of sharing it with others interested in the village. One of my aims is to gain an understanding of the lives of the people of historical Glascoed and to trace how the families interacted and intermarried. I also love a good story, so with the help of others, hope to discover lots more really interesting stories and anecdotes!

The site is home to new transcriptions of the Glascoed censuses from 1841 to 1911. I hope that my knowledge of local people and places mean that they are more accurate than others already published.

There is a wide range of other information on the site including newspaper articles, Birth, Marriage, Death and Burial records, electoral registers, and a fabulous chapel history thanks to the late Glyndwr Williams. Many thanks to those who have helped or provided information. Please let me know if I have neglected to acknowledge my sources, or if you spot any errors!

I’m working on a database of Glascoed people (Links to this are from a button at the top and bottom of every page - alternatively just click SURNAMES or NAMES to search the database).


To collate and share information relating to the history of Glascoed, Monmouthshire. Census, parish and civil registration records are included along with a wealth of other data drawn from contributors (many thanks to them!), newspaper reports, electoral registers and other sources.

In the fulness of time, I hope that the project continues to grow as information comes in – ideally with lots of stories and pictures – if you can help, please contact me.