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18th September 1885

HENLLYS. The following is the summary of Her Majesty's Inspector's report on Henllys Board School for the past year. The discipline and tone are very praiseworthy. The regular attendance and the interest of the children in their work bear witness to the good influence of the painstaking teacher, Mr Ablart. The improvements in the premises, suggested last year, have been admirably carried out, and the schoolroom is now among the best in the district. The singing is very sweetly rendered, and the one shilling grant is gained. Needlework is most creditable. Grammar is satisfactory, and recitation has improved. Geography is fairly good. The elementary work has risen all round in quality and quantity, and the Excellent Merit Grant is recommended this year. Percentage of passes, 97. Average grant per head, 1 7s."

Evening Express 1st September 1900

PRESENTATION AT GYFEILLON. A presentation was made to the Rev. Evan Jeffries, late curate of Gyfeillon, on Friday evening at the schoolroom, Gyfeillon, ,on the occasion of his departure to become the vicar of Henllys, Mon.

Evening Express 11th February 1904

NEWPORT SENSATION. Mrs. Elizabeth Higgs. who lived at Henllys, was admitted to the Newport and Monmouthshire Hospital to-day, suffering from a severe incised wound on the throat, caused, as it is alleged, by a razor in an attempt at suicide. Mrs. Higgs. who is 31 years of age, had been under treatment at the hospital before, and only left it about a week ago. The tragic act. took place last night. Dr. Hailes, of Cwmbran, was sent, for, and rendered surgical assistance, but the case was deemed of such a serious character as to necessitate her removal to Newport Hospital to-day.

South Wales Daily News June 6th 1895

An inquest was held at Cwmbran on Wednesday before Mr Roberts- Jones, coroner touching the death of a collier named Wm. Howells, aged 21, who was knocked down and run over by a runaway horse and tram at Henllys Colliery on Saturday. Mr Martin, H.M. Inspector of Mines, and the colliery officials attended the inquiry. The jury returned a verdict of Accidental death."

Cardiff Times 20th July 1889


A COLLIER DECAPITATED AT HENLLYS. On Saturday morning a collier named Joseph Edwards, alias Pugh, was seen walking down the incline near Henllys Colliery, and about an hour afterwards his headless body was found on the tram line. The head lay close by. Deceased was 67 years of age and very deaf, and, it is supposed, did not bear the coal trams, a "journey" of which had passed down a short time previously. He lived with a daughter near the Mill Tavern, Cwmbran, and the body was removed to her house to await an inquest.


Evening Express & Evening Mail June 19th 1908

AGRICULTURAL SHOW AT HENLLYS. Brilliant weather favoured the holding: of the fifth annual show In connection with the Henllys Working Sheep Dog Society at the Castle Farm. Henllys, on Thursday. the entries were more numerous than in previous years, and a, large number of people gave the show their patronage. Results:
SHEEP SHEARING COMPETITIONS. Son or servants of Monmouthshire farmers who have not previously won a first prize; 1st J Saunders, Henllys; 2nd. F. Lloyd, Henllys; 3rd, W. J. Edwards, Llantarnam. Sons or Servants of Monmouthshire Farmers under sixteen: 1st. J. Nicholas, Risca; 2nd., J Dowling, Rogerstone; 3rd, F. Farmer, Henllys. Open to all comers: 1st, J. Llewellyn, Bedlinog; 2nd, J. Edmunds, Llantarnam; 3rd, James Jones, Deri Open to residents in Monmouthshire who have not previously won a first prize other than in the boys' class 1st R. Dando, Llantarnam; 2nd, R. Phillips, Newbridge; 3rd. Owen Jones. llantarnam.
STOCK COMPETITIONS. Cob, mare, or gelding: 1st, T. Rees, Caerleon; 2.ndd, E. Nicholas, Penywain, Cwmbran. Mare or gelding, two to four years old, under 14. 2 most suitable for underground purposes 1st. W. James, Henllys; 2nd, G. Hardwick, Cwmbran.
Roadster, mare or geldmg, over 14.2, but not cxeeding 15.2: 1st, R. Dando, Liamtarnam; 2nd E C. Davies, Cwmbran.
Brood cart mare, in foa1 or with foa1 at foot: 1st. Dando; 2nd, J. Phillips, Llantarnam.
Jumper, mare or gelding, not exceeding 13.2: 1st. O. Jones, Llantarnam; 2nd, W. Harris, Caerleon.
Mare or gelding, any height: 1st, T. Roes, Caerleon 2nd, R. Dando.
Tradesman'e turn-out: 1st, R. A. Lewis, Bettws; 2nd, R. Dando. Boar, any breed, open: let, and 2nd, J. Davies, Cwmbran. Breeding sow: 1st, F. Edwards, Malpas road, Newport 2nd. R. Evans, Henllys..
White breeding sow: 1st, J. Williams, Cwmbran; 2nd, G. Baylis. Bettws.
Dairy cow. any breed 1st, J. Adams, Hen- llys: 2n A. E. Dando, Llantarnam,
Hereford bull, Any Age: 1st, W. Morgan, Llandegveth; 2nd, E. C. Davies, Cwmbran.
Champion beast in show. W. Morgan.
Pair of cattle: 1st. F. J. Wadley, Croesyceiliog; 2nd. J. Lloyd, Henllys. Welsh mountain ram: 1st, J. Lawrence Llantarnam: 2nd. T. Stephen, Henllys. Three Welsh mountain ewes and lambs: 1st J. L1. Thomas, Lower Machen; 2nd, T Saunders. Henllys. Three Welsh mountain lambs: 1st, O Jones Llantarnam. Lowland ram: 1stt, F. J. Wadley, Croesyeiliog; 2nd. E. C. Davies. Cwmbran.


A HENLLYS FUSILLADE, The strong man of Henllys figured in the Magistrate court (county division) at Newport 1) Saturday. The proceedings were on a summons charging Joe Knight, a middle-aged collier, with assaulting a young married woman, named Winifred Maud Baynhain, at Henllys, on Sunday, August 13. Mrs. Baynhain's statement was that Joe Knight came to her house at 4.30 p.m. on Sunday, and called her a bad name. She struck him on the side of the face; he struck her on the side of the head: she picked up a big water-can to throw at him; he took it from her, and struck her across the arm; her brother came out with a poker; she took possession of it, and tried to strike Knight; he took it from her, and hit her across the other arm; her brother threw a flagon bottle at him; he picked up a piece of the glass and threw it, cutting the brother's arm to the bone; her brother threw a stone at him; he threw another stone, which knocked off a leg of a neighbour's chicken; she (complainant) brought out a dish of dirty water to throw at him; he picked up a broken part of the dish, and cut her head with it; and her brother threw a, hammer at him. When complainant's brother had given evidence Alderman Morder asked why he and the complainant's husband (two men) did not get the defendant away quietly. As it was, there were three persons on one. The Brother: He was too good for us. That man (pointing to defendant) knocked four men down like sheep the Sunday before. He was fined 20s.

South Wales Daily News 4th February 1896

DEATH FROM BURNS AT NEWPORT, A child named Lilian Handy, whose parents reside at Henllys, died at the Newport Infirmary from shock as the result of injuries sustained through her clothing catching fire a few days ago.

Evening Express 13th September 1910

WEDDING AT PONTHIR The marriage was solemnised at Ponthir Baptist Chapel on Monday of Mr. T. Ablart, only son of the late Mr. John Ablart, school- master at Henllys, and Miss S. J. Richardson, eldest daughter of the late Mr. J. Richardson, Ponthir. The officiating minister was the Rev. T. Reeves, and Mr. E. Brangham acted as beet man. The bridegroom is well known in athletic circles in South Wales. and for some years has acted as secretary of the Caerleon Athletic Club.
Evening Express April 8th 1896

. A rather bad accident befel Mr. Clifford Cory while out hunting on Tuesday. When the party was near Henllys, near Newport, his horse grazed itself in trying to take a fence and then started bucking. Mr. Cory was thrown, and when he was picked up by Mr J H Young, of the Tredegar Arms, and Mr. T E Watson, of St. Mary's Lodge, it was found that he had sustained a bad injury to one of his knees. He was sent in , a spring cart to his home at Llantarnam Abby

Evening Express & Evening Mail May 21st 1906


A distressing drowning fatality occurred at Henllys, a small agricultural and mining village, situate on the side of the mountain near Cwmbran, on Saturday afternoon, and resulted in the death of a married woman named Eilen Hughes, aged 36, the wife of an underground labourer, and her four-year- old son, David Llewellyn Hughes. Mrs. Hughes, who lives with her husband at Tip- terrace, Henllys, left the house on Saturday afternoon, while her husband had gone to Cwmbran to receive his salary, and took her four children for a walk towards a pond near Henllys Old Colliery. Mrs. Hughes sat down on the ground with one of the children in her lap, the others playing- near the bank of the pond. Suddenly she was startled by hearing screams and saw that her son David had fallen into the water. Without regard for the fact that the pond is between ten and twelve feet deep, the unfortunate woman at once placed the baby which she was nursing on the ground and rushed into the water to save her little boy. Hampered by her clothing, and being unable to swim, she at once got into difficulties, and her daughter Winifred, understanding the situation, ran to a neighbour's house and called Mrs. Powell, who went to the pond and saw the bodies in the water. She sent to Graig llwrch Farm for assistance, and on his arrival with a rope Mr. John Edmunds was able to draw the bodies to the bank, after they had been in the water about half an hour. The pond is not fenced in. and is situated iu a somewhat isolated spot.
Evening Express 26th august 1909

ABERCARN STRIKE SEQUEL. Frederick Rogers (15) and Thomas Rogers (42) colliers, of Cwmcarn, were charged at Cwmbran to-day with stealing 1001b. of coal each, the property of Messrs. Guest Keen, and Nettlefolds, from the air shaft at Henllys Colliery. Police Constable Hourigan stated that he saw defendants, who were out of work in consequence of a .stoppage at the Abercarn Colliery, with a bag of coal each, which contained about 1001b. The elder defendant pleaded guilty almost tearfully, and the bench discharged both men with a caution.


Evening Express and Evening Mail September 8th 1906


During the hearing of an assault case at Newport County Police court to-day a collier of Henllys, named William. Cozens, being accused of assaulting Eliza. Purmell, at Henllys on the lath ult., one of the neighbours, named Roberts, described the incident as beding a perfect storm of language. "Was it bad language?" asked Mr. Lyndon Cooper, for the defence, "Well, I have never seen it in a dictionary," was the reply, at which a ripple of laughter went around. A fight between dogs belonging to the parties (preceded the alleged assault. Mrs. Purnell was stated to be incensed against Cozens because he had given evidence the night before at the court in a cruelty case. Cozens admitted slapping the woman's face after she had thrown a good-sized stone at him. The Magistrates ordered Cozens to be bound over to keep the peace and to pay costs.