Infobox Newport parish
Parish = Llanvaches
Population = 365 (2001 census [ [http://www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/LeadTableView.do?a=3&b=801797&c=llanvaches&d=16&e=15&g=421505&i=1001x1003x1004&m=0&enc=1&dsFamilyId=779 Office for National Statistics Parish Headcounts: Llanvaches] ] )
Council = Llanvaches
GridReference =
Constituency = Newport East
PostCode = NP18 2; NP26 3
DiallingCode = +44-1633
Llanwern and Penhow exchanges

Llanvaches ( _cy. Llanfaches) is a village and community parish located in the city of Newport, South Wales.


Llanvaches is located in the historic county of Monmouthshire roughly midway between the market town of Chepstow and the city of Newport. The village lies just north of the A48 road and below Wentwood, with both Newport centre and Chepstow about 7 miles distant.


). [ [http://www.earlybritishkingdoms.com/bios/machegg.html St. Maches at Early British Kingdoms] ]

The parish church largely dates from the 14th century and is dedicated to St. Dubricius (Welsh "Dyfrig"), with Bishops Transcripts dating back to 1725.

The First Independent Church in Wales

The first Independent Church in Wales was founded at Llanvaches in 1638 by William Wroth (1576-1642), Rector from 1617. In 1633, King Charles I, advised by the Archbishop of Canterbury, William Laud, reissued the "Declaration of Sports". This listed the sports that were permitted on Sundays and other holy days, and was published to counteract the growing Puritan calls for strict abstinence on the Sabbath day. Wroth defied Charles' instruction to read the Declaration to his congregation, and in 1634 the Bishop of Llandaff reported him to the Court of High Commission, seeking to remove him from his position in the Church. In 1638 Wroth, along with fellow dissenter Walter Craddock, resigned, but continued to preach and gather followers. His preaching became so popular that people travelled from Somerset, Gloucester, Hereford, Radnor and Glamorgan to Llanvaches to hear him, and it became necessary for him to preach in the churchyard because the church was too small to accommodate all those who attended. By 1639, although he had not formally left the Church of England, Wroth is likely to have been ejected from his living. He set up his Congregationalist chapel, "according to the New England pattern", completed in 1639, with the help of the leading Dissenter, Henry Jessey. The historic meeting at Llanvaches in November 1639 marked the real beginning of Non-conformity in Wales. [David Williams, "A Short History of Modern Wales" (John Murray, 1961).] Wroth died shortly before the outbreak of the first English Civil War, and was buried at Llanvaches. [ [http://www.caerwentcom.com/trustn43.htm Caerwent Historic Trust] ]

Two hundred years later the great linguist and traveller George Borrow passed this chapel while walking the old Chepstow Road on a journey he later wrote up in his "Wild Wales" [ [http://www.data-wales.co.uk/view4.htm The Oldest Nonconformist Chapel in Wales] ] . The current Tabernacle URC chapel was built in the 1920s on the site of the original chapel.


Although Llanvaches is set in a quiet, rural area the need for more houses and the boom in housing development means that the village has a rising population.


External links

* [http://www.cefnpennar.com/llanvaches/bethany.htm Bethany Chapel]
* [http://www.cefnpennar.com/llanvaches/llv_united.htm United Tabernacle Reform Chapel]
* [http://www.cefnpennar.com/llanvaches/stdyfrig.htm St. Dyfrig's Church]
*http://www.LangstoneVillage.co.uk - On-Line Community website serving the villages of Langstone, Llanvanches, Llandevaud, Llanmartin, Llanbeder, Parc Seymour, Penhow and surrounding area.

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