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Monmouthshire Merlin 1840s


SEP. 2.—James Meredith, by C. H. Leigh, Esq., charged with stealing in the Hamlet of Glascoed, one lamb, the property of Mr. John Thomas.





At the THREE SALMONS INN, in the town of Usk, on FRIDAY, the 29th day of July, 1842, at one o’clock in the Afternoon, unless disposed of in the mean time by Private Contract,

ALL that desirable FREEHOLD MESSUAGE FARM and LANDS, called “Glascoed Farm,” situate in the hamlet of Glascoed, containing 75 Acres, more or less, including 20 Acres of Wood Land, now in the occupation of John Rosser. The Estate is prettily Timbered, and distant about half-a-mile from the Stop-gate at Monkswood, on the Turnpike-road, between Usk and Pontypool.

For particulars, apply to Mr. JAMES JENKINS, of Trostra Booth, Glascoed, or to Mr. MOSTYN, Solicitor, Usk.



The commission was opened on Thursday, June 27.



James Meredith pleaded guilty to an indictment charging him with stealing, on the 4th of July, at the hamlet of Glascoed, a scythe, the property of Richard Arnold.—A fortnight's imprisonment, with hard labour.

Saturday 23 January 1847

USK. MAD DOGS.-A man residing in the hamlet of Glascoed, named William (editor note: burial records, show this was actually John) Holloway died last week in awful agony from hydrophobia, being actually obliged to be chained to the bedstead. He has left a wife and several children. He was bitten about two months since by a dog in a rabid state, and ten or twelve other persons were bitten by the dog at the same time. Several mad dogs have been known to be at large in the neighbourhood of Usk during the last two or three months. Mr. Morgan, of Kemeys Commander, recently lost some fine cattle, which had been attacked and bitten by one of those rabid animals and last week a mad dog was killed near Usk bridge turnpike, while a few days subsequently, a person was bitten at night in Usk by a dog which has since been destroyed. We would on this occasion earnestly call the attention of the authorities of Usk, to the unpardonable conduct of those persons who still permit their dogs, which they are convinced have been bitten by others in a rabid state, to roam at large, to the imminent peril of the public. The dogs of a person residing between Usk and Pontypool have been thus bitten, but no care was at first taken to prevent mischief and since then, three of them at intervals went mad, and were then shot, but this person has other dogs, which are still at large, though it may justly be apprehended they are also infected. We could enumerate many such instances, and we are only surprised that the foolish parties are not sufficiently alive to their own safety, to cause them to destroy their dangerous animals before it be too late. The number of dogs kept in Usk has been the constant cause of complaint by the inhabitants and visitors, who express astonishment that persons in indigent circumstances should still have the means of keeping such a horde of yelling, savage, "sporting" curs. We think if the surveyor and assessors were rigidly to levy the tax upon the owners of those useless and dangerous pests, the town would speedily get rid of them altogether.



GLASCOED.—This neglected hamlet has hitherto been without a school or place of worship, of any description; but we understand the Rev. Vicar of Usk has kindly come forward, and is obtaining a subscription to erect a church and school; by dint of persevering endeavours he has collected about £150. The inhabitants are at present obliged to go three or four miles to a place of worship and it is really hoped that the worthy Vicar of Usk will succeed in his praiseworthy undertaking.

Saturday July 8, 1848

Monmouthshire Midsummer Sessions (Continued from last week’s Merlin.) USK


The Chairman, S. R. Bosanquet, Esq., accompanied by H. M. Hawkins, Esq., entered the court at half-past nine, presently followed by the Rev. W. Evans, W. A. Williams, jun., Esq., and G. R. G. Relph, Esq.


Isaac Powell, William Cook, and William Meredith, were charged with stealing six shovels, two cans, and seven gallons of beer, the property of William Gill and another.- Mr Rickards examined Hill, who said he was a contractor on the Newport and Pontypool line, and had a storehouse on the side of the railway. On the 10th of June, or early on the 11th this storehouse was broken into through an opening effected through the back, and the property laid was found to have been stolen. Charles Moreton stated that he was a watchman on the line and on the Sunday morning, the 11th of June, the prisoner Powell, and four strangers, came to him, and asked if he would let them stop by the lime kiln till day break. This was about one o'clock. A little before two o'clock, the prisoner Cook came up, and waked Powell, with whom he went away. They asked witness to go and have a drop of beer with them. He went and drank from two cans. Cross-examined by one of the prisoners: The beer was there when we all came up. — William Rees stated that he lived at the Court Farm, Llanvihangel. On the morning of the 11th June, he saw the three prisoners in a wheat field. They had a can with them, which William Cook gave a kick, and on witness ordering them out of wheat, they went away, and left the can there—P.C. Vincent proved finding the two cans in the field of last witness, and apprehending the prisoners. Powell acknowledged carrying away one of the cans, and another prisoner took the other can, and the shovels. He said Cook gave two shovels each all round, and Cook hid his in the wheat fieId. Witness found the two shovels there, and shortly afterwards found Meredith's two. Witness found the other two prisoners in Penlan barn, near Glascoed. Both denied to him having been near the storehouse.—Prosecutor was recalled, and identified the cans and shovels. The learned counsel for the prosecution said there was not evidence sufficient to convict Cock and Meredith, and he would, therefore, ask the jury to acquit them, which was done, and Powell, after receiving a good character, found guilty, but recommended to mercy by the jury. One month's hard labour in the House of Correction.



The half-yearly examination of the pupils of this institution took place on the 22nd ult., before the Revds. J. Irving, James Blower, and John Fleming, and Iltyd Nicholl, Esq trustees, who expressed their great gratification at the progress made during the last half-year, and kindly awarded very liberal presents to the following pupils:— 1st class. Wm. Merrett, Usk; James Haskoll and John Price, Lansoy.—2nd class. Wm. Henry Clark, Usk; John Morgan and Wm. Morgan, Glascoed; John Prichard, Gwernesney Warren Evans, Landowlais; George Edmunds, Usk.-3rd class. W. S. Stephens, Wentwood; Wm. Nicholas, Usk.— The school is conducted by the Rev. J, Farrand, M.A., Cambridge, late scholar and prizeman of his college, and wrangler of 1836. The progress made by the pupils under his charge, and the thorough knowledge they have acquired in the various branches of their studies, reflect the highest credit upon that gentleman.


GLASCOED We have pleasure in making an announcement of the opening for divine worship of a most useful and strictly-ecclesiastical hamlet-chapel, erected with the hope of benefitting a district which has long remained in a state of utter spiritual destitution. The site was given by a farmer, and the plan gratuitously furnished by the respected hon. diocesan architect. Several of the small farmers of the place have laudably assisted in the erection of this house or prayer; and not a few neighbours and friends have kindly given their contributions to promote the good work.  It has long been the desire of the minister of the parish to carry the ordinances of religion to the poor people; but his only accommodation for that purpose, has hitherto been a cottage or a farm-house kitchen. His undertaking has however been sustained and blessed beyond his expectations; and those kind friends who may be present at the opening on the 21st, will be gratified to see a pretty little church rearing its head in the centre of a district studded with cottages and farm-houses, distant from the church of Usk, to which it is legally annexed, five miles, and separated therefrom by portions of two other parishes.


GLASCOED CHAPEL-OF-EASE.-On Tuesday, the 21st, this building was opened for divine worship. The sound of a church bell, which had not been heard for many generations, was now once more heard in this sequestered hamlet. The Weather was very fine; the gentry, farmers, and peasantry, assembled in numbers, by the hour appointed for morning prayer; carriages were seen hastening to the spot from different directions; and the yeomen, farmers, and labourers, were content to leave their occupations in husbandry, that they might repair to the spot whereon their sanctuary was built. The tolling of the bell was the strangers' only guide—the little church, like the lily among the thorns, unobtrusively ornamenting the least conspicuous, though, at the same time, the most beautiful, part of the hamlet. The situation is on a gentle eminence, near the base of the hill, on which has flourished for ages, the great beech of Glascoed, which is seen by the traveller from almost all parts of the vale division of the County of Monmouth. The building is plain and simple, in the early English style, containing sitting room for one hundred and fifty persons and affording a remarkable specimen of what may be done with small means. The bell having ceased tolling, the Bishop's license was read by the Vicar of the parish and prayers being ended, the Ven. Archdeacon Crawley delivered an eloquent and impressive discourse from Psalm xlii. 4, 5, from which he deduced, that, although circumstances of an afflictive nature might justify private worship at our own houses, yet that the divine blessing was ordained more especially to attend the assembling of ourselves together in the house of God. At three o'clock, P.M., the sound of the bell was again heard, and the people were seen flocking from all parts, and the little church was again filled with devout and attentive worshippers. The whole service was performed by the Vicar of Usk, who took his text from Genesis xxviii. 17. He dwelt on the character and uses of a place of worship, and pointed out the sense in which it was the house of God, and the gate of heaven, dilating, at the same time, on the feelings and sentiments which ought to actuate our minds when assembled there for mutual prayer and edification. At six o clock, P.M., there came together another, and, if possible, more crowded congregation than either of the other two, when the Rev. Thomas Davies, M.A. of Trevethin, performed the whole service, addressing the congregation very affectingly, partly in English, and partly in Welsh, from Matthew,xviii, 20. Thus, a singular coincidence, though entirely undesigned, is observed in the sermons of the respective preachers—the duty of attending the sanctuary of God, being mainly insisted on by the first --the character of the place, and the feelings which ought to actuate our minds in the house of God, by the second—and the promised blessing of the Saviour to those who join in his worship, by the third. The praises of God were sung under the guidance of the Usk choir, and all the services passed off admirably. It was a day that will be long remembered in Glascoed—a day on which many a pious wish was fulfilled—a day fraught with promise of spiritual blessing to a place hitherto sadly neglected – a day of consolation to the old, and of hope to the rising generation. After the morning service, those who came from a distance, were refreshed by the hospitality of Mr. John Morgan, of the Hill Farm, the good and kind giver of the site, who generously offered, not a spot of ground that he knew not what to do with, but any part of his farm, and any quantity that might be required, for the purpose of raising a temple for the name of our God. May others, of larger means, imitate the example of good Mr. Morgan, and give, not merely of their abundance, but present the fruits of their self-denial, as he has done, to the Lord. A remarkable success seems to, have crowned this truly meritorious undertaking; the day of opening was one of the most interesting and delightful we have ever known of the kind—and the collection in aid of the funds, amounted to £34 6s. 2d.

We have been requested to observe that the man stated to have died on a dung-heap, last week, at the Horseshoe Inn, Bryngwyn, did not die there, but on a dung-heap near a cottage a short distance off.

I left this last piece in, even though it is a bit incongruous – it was just an interesting fact concerning someone else no doubt in Monmouthshire!



ROBBERY.-On the night of the 7th instant, Mr. John Williams, of Glascoed, had a very excellent black cart mare stolen.

(I assume that this was John Williams (1800-1852) of Ty Newydd (New House), since he was a farmer of some substance - farming 163 acres and employing four labourers).