Glan-y-nant was owned by the Earl of Abergavenny.

On the 6th of March 1756 there is a letter to the Rev.d Mr Williams, curate of Goettre asking for the banns of matrimony to be published between Mathew Leonard of the parish of Llanwenarth, living at the house called Ty William Leonard and Margaret Jenkins of Glan-nant. The marriage took place on the 10th day of May in ye presence of Elen Morley and Anne Griffiths.

In September 1800, Abraham Evans of London takes the lease of the Earl of Abergavenny, previously in tenure of William Valentine. In 1809 Abraham Evans sold the lease to James Jones.

In December 1814, William Griffiths of Glan-y-nant was buried at St Peter’s aged 85, in his will dated April 1814 he leaves all to his son William, including land called Cae Ton Glas.

On the Barony of Abergavenny’s survey of 1821 William Griffiths of Glananant – encroachment of garden, and on the 1832 electoral register is William Griffiths.

The 1841 census lists Sarah Griffiths aged 70, Walter 25, Margaret Prosser 45, and William Prosser 20.

In 1851 census living at Leenunnant is Joseph Griffiths 44, labourer born Goytre, along with his wife Martha 37 born in Mamhilad.

A lease is granted on the 2nd February 1859 from the Earl of Abergavenny to Joseph Griffiths for the lives of lessee 49, and Mary and Martha his daughters, then aged 5 and 2 years.

On the electoral register from 1861 – 1881 is Joseph Griffiths for his leasehold house and land.

Onto the census of 1861 is Joseph Griffiths 54, farm labourer, Martha now 48, Mary 9, Martha 6, and John 4.

In the 1871 census Joseph is now aged 60, Martha 59 and daughter Martha 16, with the occupation given as farm labourer, labourers wife and labourers daughter.

In 1881 Joseph and Martha his wife are still occupying Glan y nant.

On the 28th June 1882 Glan y nant was sold by the trustees of the Marquis of Abergavenny to Thomas Eborall Cooke “All that messyage, dwelling house and 2 perches of land in parish Mamhilad, containing altogether 1a 11 perches.”

On the 1891 census George Roberts aged 47, a general labourer born in Gwelog, Maria his wife 43, born Trostrey, William his son 14, born Monkswood, Arthur 12, born Panteg, Ada 9, Florence 7, both born in Monkswood and Edith 4, born in Goytre.

In 1901 the occupier is William Morgan 27, labourer born Mamhilad and Florence his wife aged 21, born in Pontypool.

By 1904, my Morris family had moved to Glan-y-Nant, my great-great-grandfather John Jones died when visiting his son Edwin in Cardiff, his will gave Glan-y-Nant as his address, so it seems he was living there with his daughter Jane.

On the 1911 census at Glan-y-Nant is Evan Morris aged 49, a railway plate layer, Jane his wife was 55, Valentine (my grandfather) was 20 and a house painter, Edwin John 20, a blacksmith, Albert Henry 19, a railway goods porter, and Florence May 14.

On the 28th November 1919, in the Abergavennny Chronicle, the following article regarding the sale of Glan-y-Nant appeared.

PROPERTY SALE. – Glanynant, a freehold property with three acres of land, has been disposed of privately by Messrs. Davis & Sons, Usk, to Mr. B. Morgan. Mr. T. J. Thomas, Bargoed, was the vendor’s solicitor.

In 1928 The Millwards purchased the property for £400. An article in the Free Press in May 1929 said they had money difficulties due to their drapers business in Pontypool failing.


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