In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Malpas like this:
MALPAS, a parish, with a village, in Newport district, Monmouth; on the Brecon and Newport canal and on the Eastern Valleys railway, adjacent to the riVer Usk, 1¾ mile NNW of Newport. Post town, Newport, Monmouth. Acres, 988. Real property, £2,234. Pop., 304. Houses, 59. The property is divided among a few. Malpas Court is the seat of T. Protheroe, Esq. A Cluniac priory, a cell to Montacute abbey in Somerset, was founded here, in the time of Henry I., by William de Balun; and was given, at the dissolution, to the Herberts. The living is a Vicarage in the diocese of Llandaff. Value, £100. Patron, T-Protheroe, Esq. The church belonged to the priory: is in rough Norman architecture, of unhewn stone, and in good condition; has neither aisle nor spire: and contains stalls and an effigies of the 14th century. There is a national school.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Malpas has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Newport. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Malpas and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Malpas, in Newport and Monmouthshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 23rd October 2014
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