Roman Catholic Parish Records in Archdiocese of Cardiff in County of Gwent

Scope and Content

Roman Catholic parish records in the Archdiocese of Cardiff, 1740-1985.

Administrative / Biographical History

Roman Catholicism in England and Wales was a small, persecuted minority between the 16th-18th centuries. Most Catholics had Anglican burials, and private baptism and marriage services, and few Catholic registers begin before the mid 18th century. Following the Catholic Emancipation Act 1829, Catholics were allowed to worship as they pleased and many more churches were built. The Diocese of Newport, created in 1850 and covered Glamorgan, Monmouthshire and Hereford. The Archdiocese of Cardiff was created in 1916 and included parishes in the historic county of Monmouthshire.

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Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Gwent Record Office, Roman Catholic Parish Records in Archdiocese of Cardiff in County of Gwent, catalogue; Hey, David, Oxford Dictionary of Local and Family History, (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1997); Archdiocese of Cardiff Homepage,, viewed 7 October 2005.

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A hard copy of the catalogue is available in Gwent Record Office.

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Appraisal Information

All records deposited at Gwent Record Office have been retained.


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