Newcastle, Monmouthshire

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Newcastle
Welsh: Castell-newydd
The old schoolhouse, Newcastle - geograph.org.uk - 1241541.jpg
The old schoolhouse at Newcastle
Newcastle is located in Monmouthshire
Newcastle
Newcastle
 Newcastle shown within Monmouthshire
OS grid reference SO448173
Principal area Monmouthshire
Ceremonial county Gwent
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town MONMOUTH
Postcode district NP25
Dialling code 01600
Police Gwent
Fire South Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament Monmouth
List of places
UK
Wales
Monmouthshire

Coordinates: 51°51′03″N 2°48′06″W / 51.8508°N 2.8016°W / 51.8508; -2.8016

Newcastle (Welsh: Castell-newydd) is a small village in Monmouthshire, south east Wales, United Kingdom. It is located in quiet rolling countryside 6 miles (9.7 km) north west of Monmouth and 9 miles (14 km) east of Abergavenny, on the B4347 road, within the community of Llangattock-Vibon-Avel.

History and amenities[edit]

Newcastle has a Norman motte and bailey castle site, from which it derives its name. Its history is obscure, but it is believed to have been founded by Hugh de Lacy, lord of Ewyas in the 12th century, and in the reign of Edward III it belonged to the Huntley family.[1] The remains of the castle are on private land. The bailey is defended by a banked ditch, but the oval motte and surrounding wet ditch have been damaged by farm buildings.[2] It commands extensive views to the west, towards the valley of the River Trothy.[3]

Pool Farm, nearby, is described as "one of the most completely surviving cruck-trussed hall houses in the county",[3] and is a Grade II listed building.[4] About 1 mile (1.6 km) north of the village is the Victorian Palladian mansion of Hilston Park, now used as an outdoor education centre.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kelly's 1901 Directory of Monmouthshire on Newcastle. Accessed 15 March 2012
  2. ^ Newcastle at CastleUk.net. Accessed 15 March 2012
  3. ^ a b John Newman, The Buildings of Wales: Gwent/Monmouthshire, Penguin Books, 2000, ISBN 0-14-071053-1, p.308
  4. ^ British Listed Buildings: Pool Farm. Accessed 15 March 2012