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NEWPORT - Shropshire or Monmouthshire

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Andrew Report 15 Jun 2013 15:20

Be careful with BMD records for Newport 1920's-1970's especially and for marriages within this period even more so. Many attributed to Newport (Shropshire) England should be for Newport (Monmouthshire) Wales.
Andy, Nailsea, Somerset :-S

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Rambling Rose Report 15 Jun 2013 15:31

Might be better to put this on Genealogy chat board Andrew? also to mention whether that is all records or one specific site :-)


Phyll Report 15 Jun 2013 15:34

I had a Probate showing Newport, Isle of Wight but it should have been Newport, Wales


Andrew Report 15 Jun 2013 17:21

It's the BMD records that are linked to here and is esp true for marriages 1930s-early 1970's


BarneyKent Report 15 Jun 2013 17:39

It was not until 1972 that the UK Parliament passed legislation that the county of Monmouthshire and the town of Newport were in Wales. Until that year the matter had been very ambiguous, with some authorities stating that the county and the town were in England and others that they were in Wales.

The matter was then settled for all time, (rightly in my opionion,) with Parliament declaring that Monmouthshire and Newport were in Wales.

For further information visit Wikipedia:


Andrew Report 15 Jun 2013 18:32

One problem with the above though is that Newport Mon + Newport Shrops are over 100 miles and 2 counties apart !!!! I think its just a simple matter of the person responsible for transposing documents in London being ignorant of Wales + the Isle of Wight