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The official county archive for the former counties of Gwent and Monmouthshire.
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Gwent Archives Jun 18
Today we will be posting about James Clifford. He is another of the many sailors that came to Newport when it was a major port. He was charged in August 1872 with stealing a razor and was sentenced to 14 days hard labour. For more information, see
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Gwent Archives Jun 15
Today we will be posting about Selina Jenkins. Her real name is Asenath Nicholas Jenkins and she was born in 1859. She first appears in the Usk volumes in October 1871. See for more information
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Gwent Archives Jun 14
To book a place, you contact us at enquiries@gwentarchives.gov.uk or on 01495 353363.
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Gwent Archives Jun 14
Listing has begun on the 311 documents deposited by the Aneurin Bevan Health Board! Mae’r rhestru wedi dechrau ar y 311 o ddogfennau a adneuwyd gan Fwrdd Iechyd Aneurin Bevan!
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Gwent Archives Jun 14
No problem! The photos are spread across three volumes, references Q/CG/38-40. There are less photographs in the last volume, compared to the other two.
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Gwent Archives Jun 13
Today, we will be posting about Jules Deschamps. Originally from Algiers, he is one of the many sailors that came to Wales at a time when Newport was the third largest port in the world. See for more information.
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Gwent Archives Jun 13
Hi Anthony, the only photos from the Usk Gaol records that have been digitised are prisoners from Newport, and are available on the Newport Past website. Is that where you have seen them? As Sarah Hone was from Pontypool, she would not have been included.
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Gwent Archives Jun 11
Today, we will be posting about Sarah Hone. Her first appearance in the volumes is aged 12, she had been accused of stealing a scarf and was sentenced to 1 calendar month hard labour. See for more information.
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Gwent Archives Jun 8
Today we will be posting about Charles Driver (.39). In 1873, Charles was convicted of stealing an ounce of tobacco from the shop of Mr Josiah Gratte, of Commercial Road. See for more information.
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Archives Wales Jun 7
It’s International Archives Day this Saturday 9th June! Click on the tags to follow the Welsh Local Archive Services and see what they have in store to celebrate 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿😀 ...another list of tags on the way!
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Gwent Archives Jun 6
On the 24 February 1871, the Monmouthshire Merlin reported the case of William Clements Betts, James Betts and Johanna Betts. For more information, see
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Gwent Archives Jun 4
Today, we will be posting about two brothers, Randolph and William Pearcey. Both born in Devon, the pair appear to have moved to Newport sometime between 1861 and 1871. For more info, see
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Gwent Archives Jun 1
Gwent Archives holds three volumes containing records and photographs of Victorian prisoners sent to Usk Gaol between the years 1871 – 1876. Throughout the month of June, we will be posting about different individuals, their crimes and their story.
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Gwent Archives May 31
Rydym yn falch o gyhoeddi ein bod wedi sicrhau Grant Adnoddau Ymchwil Ymddiriedolaeth Wellcome am £38,729 i ariannu’n cynllun ‘O’r “Geiniog yn y Bunt” at “Am ddim yn y Man Darparu”: Catalogio cofnodion ysbytai Sir Fynwy cyn ac ar ôl 1948.’ Gallwch ddilyn
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Gwent Archives May 31
We have secured a Wellcome Trust Research Resources Grant of £38,729 for our project ‘From “A Penny in the Pound” to “Free at the Point of Delivery”: Cataloguing the pre- and post-1948 hospital records of Monmouthshire.’ Visit for more info.
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Gwent Archives Apr 29
Day 29 of - Handwriting. This line appears in a minute book for the Borough of Grosmont (D723), in the middle of a number of blank pages. We are not sure what the first name is but by signing their name they were sure to get into trouble when discovered!
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Gwent Archives Apr 28
Day 28 of – Unusual Item. This bottle was discovered inside the Penallt war memorial during renovation in 2014. It contained a list of committee members, contractors, volunteers and the men died in WW1. For more info see Ref: D6012
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Gwent Archives Apr 27
Gwent Archives will be delivering a talk on 'World War One Records' at Cwmbran Library on Thursday 3rd May, 11am - 12pm. To book a place on this free talk, please contact Cwmbran Library on 01633 647676. Please see the posters for further details.
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Gwent Archives Apr 27
Day 27 of - Object. These small boxes are skippets and were used from the 1600s - 1800s. The lid inscriptions – Wm White’s Old Deeds & The Joynture etc of Mawdlen David the wife of Richard David - help link them to their original documents. Ref: D4978
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