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.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Goldcliff, in Newport and Monmouthshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 27th April 2017
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