St. Arvans

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Coordinates: 51°39′58″N 2°42′04″W / 51.66608°N 2.70121°W / 51.66608; -2.70121

St. Arvans
Welsh: Llanarfan
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St. Arvans parish church
St. Arvans is located in Monmouthshire
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 St. Arvans shown within Monmouthshire
OS grid reference ST516965
Principal area Monmouthshire
Ceremonial county Gwent
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town CHEPSTOW
Postcode district NP16
Dialling code 01291
Police Gwent
Fire South Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament Monmouth
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St. Arvans (Welsh: Llanarfan) is a village in Monmouthshire, south east Wales, United Kingdom. It is located two miles north west of Chepstow, close to Chepstow Racecourse, Piercefield House and the Wye Valley AONB.

History and amenities[edit]

The village church is named for St. Arvan. According to tradition he was a 9th-century hermit who supported himself by fishing for salmon in the River Wye, and drowned when his coracle capsized.

The circular nature of the churchyard suggests that the church may be a Celtic foundation. There are remains of a Celtic cross of the period, and also part of an apparently Saxon doorway, but essentially the original church was late Norman in date. By 1254 it belonged to the small priory of St. Kingsmark or Cynmarch. It was enlarged between 1813–1823, and extensive restoration work was carried out in the 1880s and again in the 1980s.[1]

The village has a large village hall, the Memorial Hall, opened in 1924. There is also a cast iron drinking fountain constructed in 1893. The centre of the village is designated as a Conservation Area.[2]

The cave systems in the area are a strong attraction to cavers and potholers.

To the north of the village is Wyndcliffe Court, a Grade II* listed house and gardens in the Arts and Crafts style. The ruined Piercefield House is also grade II* listed.[3]


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