Bassaleg is called in Welsh Maesaleg. From having been a purely agricultural parish it has of recent years largely increased in population and rateable value owing to its proximity to Newport and the works that have established at Rogerstone and Ty-du. It is divided into the three hamlets or townships of Dyffryn, Rogerstone and Graig. In 1815 the rateable value of these places was, Dyffryn £ 1,686, Rogerstone £ 1,780, Graig £ 1,443, and in 1891 the total rateable value was £ 24,656. The area is 6,955 acres. The population has been as follows: Year No. of inhabitants Dyffryn Rogerstone Graig 1801 208 447 331 1811 191 650 417 1821 228 662 439 1831 213 870 581 1881 263 1,302 949 1891 269 2,389 1,193 Bassaleg was held in 1314 by William de Berkerolles by the service of one knight's fee: inquisition post mortem of Gilbert de Clare, vol III p. 358 {now NLW MS 7643D}. Ebboth was held by Henry de Lancaster and Maud his wife by one knight's fee Manerium de Diffren Supervisio [&c] per sacramentum Ph'i Morgan, armigeri, Rogeri Ph'e John, Griff Jeyne & Will'i John. generosorum, qui dicunt Tenentes per virgam {in margin: 29} Milo Morgan, armiger, tenet terras et tenementa jacentia in Diffren quae nuper fuerunt Will'i Morgan, armigeri, et prius Joh'is Morgan patris dicti Will'i per virgam sibi et heredibus suis et dabit heriettam cum accident et sectam curiae et reddit per annum xxxs. Edmundus Morgan, j pasturam vocatam ley Ham ijs. Milo Morgan, armiger. per virgam. certas terras prius Morgani d'd et Jacobi ap Ievor vjs. iiijd. Thomas Morgan, generosus, prius Joh'is Morgan de Baselege, terras vocatas Wame Vawret terra prius Joh'is Water ijs.jd.ob. Ph' us Morgan, armiger. de Werne Cleppa, terras prius Will'i Pres jacentes in Maghen vocatas Wemvawr ijs. jd. Milo Morgan, armiger. prius Will'i Morgan, terras Mauricij ap leu'n iijs. vjd. Heres Will'i Morgan Dio. terras quondam Jacobi ap Ie'un iiijs. iiijd. Bassaleg Milo Morgan, armiger, terras nuper Mauricij Baker, prius Ievani Goz' ijs. vijd. Idem Milo, terras dicti Mauricij et prius Margret Adam ijd. ob. Idem Milo, terras dicti Mauricij et prius levani Goz' et in occupacione Joh'is Morgan de Baselege iijd. Idem Milo, pro alijs parcellis in occupacione died Joh' is Morgan vijd. Henricus Morgan et Thomas James prius Morgan Thomas Richard, terras vocatas Tyre y gare vs. ijd. Henricus Morgan et Thomas James, parcellas vocatas Nant melyn xvijd. Will'us John Treheme, terras in Diffren prius Tregle vz John et olimJoh is Thomas etj gardinumjacens infradictum tenementum xvjd. & iiijd. Milo Morgan de Tredeger, terras in occupacione M'gret v'che Thomas prius Joh'is Ievan ap Howell iijs. vjd. Idem Milo solvit pro quodam redditu exeunte de clausura nuper Jenkini White et antea Jacobi Thomas viijd. Milo Morgan, prius Will'i Morgan, terras in occupacione Joh'is Glou' iijd. Idem Milo, prius dicti Will'i. terras in occupacione Ph'i Thomas Price et modo ll'n Will'ms xvd. Thomas Kemishe & doctor Lewis, terras in St Olaws vocatas Yr garreg xixd. Summa tenencium per virgam per annum lxxvijs. ixd. Liberi tenentes Edwardus Morgan nuper Will'i Morgan Heere et nuper Ph'i Ishan injure Annae nuper uxoris dicti Will'i pro certis terris in Cogan quae tenentur de domino per servicium militare et reddit ad istud manerium per annum ixd. Rowlandus Morgan, armiger, alias parcellas iijd. ob. Idem Rowlandus, terras nuper Hoell ap G'll'm iiijd. Ph'us Morgan, terras in occupacione Gr' Ph'e in Baslege ijd. Summa liberorum tenencium ijs. vijd. Terrae extentae Egidius Morgan, generosus, per indenturam datam v Eliz. pro termino xxj annorum, totum molendinum aquaticum cognitum per nomen de Ebothes mill, cum cursu aquarum Iiijs. iiijd. olim xxvjs. viijd. Idem tenet ley Were ijs. Will'mus Morgan de Tredeger j clausuram vocatam Capries Ogan continentem ij acras de Wallensi [mensura] in occupacione Jenkyn Treheme iiijs. Summa totalis anni valorum dicti manerii xB xvs. viijd. ob. capones viij Rothe