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St. Michael’s Church, Glascoed


This summary of the history of the church is taken directly from one of Llanbaddock Community Council’s circular walks leaflets. It’s worth looking at these and taking the walks - you’ll see some interesting sights on your travels and the leaflets are full of little snippets you’ll enjoy reading. This one is from the Walk 3 leaflet: Glascoed and St. Michael’s church.


The Chapel of Ease, Glascoed, dedicated to St Michael, was built about 1861 with limestone from a local quarry. During the curacy of Warren Richards, a bell thought to have come from Italy, was found in a scrap-yard at Panteg and installed in the church. Glascoed formed part of the ancient parish of Usk and the Glascoed commons were part of the “waste” of the Lordship of Usk. They are now in the ownership of the Llanbadoc Community Council.”


The chapel was actually built earlier than 1861; this article (plus Two more ONE and TWO) from the Monmouthshire Merlin show that the church was actually built in the late 1840s - it was commissioned and opened for worship on Tuesday 21st August 1849. The land had been given by Mr John Morgan of Hill Farm, to build the church - according to the article, he had offered any part of his lands to be used for the purpose, as much land as was necessary.  


The churchyard opened on Thursday 23rd January 1862, as reported in the Usk Observer, with the first burial taking place (of Thomas Hickey) on 22nd February 1863.


The church was originally part of Usk parish, although is now part of the  Parish of Mamhilad with Monkswood with Glascoed.


At the time of publishing, the chapel is only open for worship on certain Sundays - it’s best to check the above link or church noticeboard to find current service times. I’m sure you’ll receive a warm welcome.




The following records are worth examining for St. Michael’s (some also cover the mother church at Usk):


Baptisms


Marriages


Burials


Monumental Inscriptions