In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Risca like this:
RISCA, a village and a parish in Newport district, Monmouth. The village stands on the river Ebbw, the Crumlin canal, and the Sirhowy and Newport railway, 5½ miles W N W of Newport; is a thriving place, dependent chiefly on the collieries, tinplate works, and chemical works of Pontymister and Tydee; and has a station on the railway, and a post-office‡ under Newport, Monmouth. ...
The parish comprises 1,877 acres. Real property, £5, 825; of which £58 are in quarries, and £465in railway s. Pop. in 1851, 2,044; in 1861, 2, 744. Houses, 584. The property is divided among a few. R. House is a chief residence. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Llandaff. Value, £102. Patron, the Vicar of Bassaleg. The church is good; and there are chapels for Baptists, Calvinistic Methodists, and Wesleyans.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Risca, in Caerphilly and Monmouthshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 23rd April 2017
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