Documents relating to the Abergavenny Circuit of the Methodist Church

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Records of the Abergavenny Methodist Circuit and predecessors and the Abergavenny Sunday School Union, 1829-1987, including Abergavenny Wesleyan Methodist Circuit, 1838-1904; Abergavenny Primitive Methodist Circuit, 1845-1953; Abergavenny Methodist Circuit, 1934-1971; Castle Street Chapel, Abergavenny records, 1829-1978; Victoria Street Chapel, Abergavenny, records, 1884-1956; Crickhowell Chapel Trustees' account book, 1929-1966; Llanddewi Skirrid Chapel records, 1879-1947; Llanelly Hill Chapel records, 1841-1965; Llantilio Crossenny 'Rose Cottage' Chapel records, 1846-1987; Newcastle, Llangattock Vibon Avel Chapel certificate, 1863; Penrhos Chapel records, 1936-1975; Abergavenny Sunday School Union minute books, 1936-1947.

Administrative / Biographical History

Wesleyanism, or Wesleyan Methodism, is the doctrine of the Methodist Church established by John Wesley (1703-1790) who preached in Wales between 1739 and 1790. Wesleyan Methodism in Wales served both English- and Welsh-speaking communities, with parallel organisations (individual chapels linked to form Circuits, which were part of Districts). The Abergavenny Wesleyan Methodist Circuit, which included Castle Street, Abergavenny, Crickhowell, Llanelly Hill, Llanelly, Gilwern, Garnddyris and Pwlldu chapels, became the Abergavenny Section of the Pontypool and Abergavenny Wesleyan Methodist Circuit in 1900. The chapels later formed part of the Brynmawr (or Brynmawr and Ebbw Vale) Circuit, until the formation of the Abergavenny Methodist Circuit in c.1937. Wesleyan Methodists are known as Methodists in England and the common use of Methodist in Wales relates to the Calvinistic Methodists.


Arranged into the following: Abergavenny Wesleyan Methodist Circuit; Abergavenny Primitive Methodist Circuit; Abergavenny Methodist Circuit; Abergavenny, Castle Street; Abergavenny, Victoria Street; Crickhowell; Llanddewi Skirrid; Llanelly Hill; Llantilio Crossenny 'Rose Cottage' chapel; Newcastle, Llangattock Vibon Avel; Penrhos; Abergavenny Sunday School Union

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions

Acquisition Information

Source not recorded


Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following source was used to compile this description: Gwent Record Office, Catalogue of documents relating to the Abergavenny Circuit of the Methodist Church (and its predecessors) also Abergavenny Sunday School Union.

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available in Gwent Record Office and the National Register of Archives

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

All records deposited at Gwent Record Office have been retained.


Accruals are possible

Related Material

Further records relating to the Abergavenny Methodist Circuit are Gwent Record Office, D3605.

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