Penhow, Newport

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Penhow
Penhow is located in Newport, Wales
Penhow
Penhow
 Penhow shown within Newport
Population 770  (2001 census[1])
Principal area Newport
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town NEWPORT
Dialling code 01633
Llanwern and Penhow exchanges
Police Gwent
Fire South Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
List of places
UK
Wales
Newport

Coordinates: 51°36′54″N 2°50′06″W / 51.61513°N 2.83497°W / 51.61513; -2.83497

Penhow (Welsh: Pen-hŵ) is a small village and community parish just inside the eastern edge of the boundary of the city of Newport, South Wales, within the historic county of Monmouthshire. The name Penhow is believed to be derived from the Welsh word Pen meaning head or top and How derived from the Old Norse word Haugr meaning hill or mound.[2]

History and architecture[edit]

Roman remains[edit]

Fragments of Roman building material have been found in the area.[3]

Penhow castle viewed from the parish church

Penhow Castle[edit]

Penhow is best known for Penhow Castle, which has claims to be the oldest inhabited castle in Wales. It was built as a home for Sir Roger de St Maur, one of the Norman knights who served the Norman Lord of Striguil at Chepstow Castle. He built a tower house, and documentary evidence shows that he was at Penhow by 1129. It was the first British home of the family who would later rise to national prominence under the more familiar name of Seymour. Later the Seymour family sold Penhow Castle to the Lewis family of St. Pierre, who converted the castle to a modern residence in 1674. Thomas Lewis' son Thomas was High Sheriff of the county, and married the daughter of Sir Richard Levett, Lord Mayor of London. The Lewis family retained ownership of Penhow Castle for several centuries.[4]

The castle, which has a reputation for being haunted,[5] was open to the public between 1978 and 2002.[6]

Church of St. John the Baptist[edit]

The parish church of St. John the Baptist is next to the castle. It has 13th-century origins and was the subject of restoration work in the 19th century.[3]

Rock and Fountain Inn[edit]

The Rock and Fountain Inn is a 17th-century coaching inn on the edge of the village. The historic inn and its five acre site underwent a £1m renovation and redevelopment during 2010. The inn reopened as a steak and seafood restaurant in November 2010.

Amenities[edit]

Local pubs also include the Groes Wen. The property was formerly a cottage but was converted in 1881 by then owners, a Mr and Mrs Lewis, who left their jobs as a hoop shaver and a grocer to become publicans.[7]

Temperature record[edit]

Penhow also holds the current high record July temperature for Wales of 34.2°C (93.5°F), set on 18 July 2006.[8]

Government[edit]

The area is governed by Newport City Council and the Penhow, Newport community council.

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