Goldcliff  Monmouthshire


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Goldcliff like this:

GOLDCLIFF, a parish in Newport district, Monmouth; on the coast of Bristol channel, 3 miles SSW of Llanwern r. station, and 4½ SE of Newport. Post town, Whitson, under Newport, Monmouth. Acres, 14, 262; of which 12, 065 are water. Real property, £5, 144. Pop., 250. Houses, 55. The property is divided among a few. ...

Most of the land is part of Caldicott Level, protected from the sea by embankments. A silicious limestone cliff, about 60 feet high, rising over a great bed of yellow mica, breaks the level at the shore, has a glittering appearance under sunshine, and gave rise to the name Goldcliff. A Benedictine priory was founded here, in 1113, by Robert de Chandos; and was given, at the dissolution, to Eton College; but has left no vestiges. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Llandaff. Value, £85. Patron, Eton College. The church is good.

Goldcliff through time

Goldcliff is now part of Newport district. Click here for graphs and data of how Newport has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Goldcliff itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Goldcliff, in Newport and Monmouthshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 14th April 2024

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