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Church of St Martin, Pen-y-Clawdd

Pen-y-clawdd is a village in Monmouthshire, south east Wales.


Pen-y-clawdd is situated between Raglan and Monmouth, Monmouthshire, in south east Wales.

History and amenities[edit]

The site of a possible medieval ringwork castle has been identified near the village at grid reference SO457073.[1] Pen-y-clawdd was granted manorial status in 1349 when it was held by half a Knight's Fee by Walter de Kymbard from Lawrence de Hastings.[2]

The Church of St Martin is the parish church. The church is constructed in a "mixture of Perpendicular and Decorated" styles[3] and is a Grade II* listed building as of 27 November 1953.[4] The churchyard contains a churchyard cross which is a Scheduled Monument.[5] The church consists of a chancel, nave, south porch and a western tower with pyramidal stone roof. There is a stained glass east window. The register dates from 1727.[6] The tower contains one bell, cast by Evans of Chepstow in 1793, with the inscription "Success to this City". A major restoration of the church was undertaken in 1885/86 and included the raising of the tower by about 8 feet (2.4 m) and the removal of chancel benches, the nave box pews and benches, and the two-decker pulpit and reading desk. A sepulchral slab, dated from the 14th Century, was discovered at this time.[7]

Pen-y-clawdd House, a third of a mile south-east of the village, is described by Newman as "notable only for the plain but nobly scaled red brick arch, dated May 1861."[8] The house is not listed but the range of outbuildings, including the 17th century barn, is listed Grade II.[9]

Gateway to Pen-y-clawdd House


  1. ^ "Upper Pen-y-clawdd". The Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust Historic Environment Record. Retrieved 2012-04-04. 
  2. ^ Keen, Richard and Burgum, Ian. Wales. Orion Publishing Company (1997) pg. 152.
  3. ^ "ST MARTIN, PEN-Y-CLAWDD | Site Details". Coflein. 2002-12-13. Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  4. ^ British Listed Buildings: Church of St Martin, Raglan. Retrieved 2 February 1914
  5. ^ "St. Martin's Churchyard Cross, Pen y Clawdd | Raglan | Monmouthshire | Scheduled and Ancient Monuments". Retrieved 2014-02-02. 
  6. ^ "Pen-y-clawdd". Kelly's Directory for Monmouthshire,1901. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  7. ^ St. Martin's Church, Pen-y-clawdd, information in the church porchway, 2012
  8. ^ John Newman, The Buildings of Wales: Gwent/Monmouthshire, page 469
  9. ^ "Barn at Pen-y-clawdd House - Raglan - Monmouthshire - Wales". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 2014-02-02. 


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Coordinates: 51°45′55″N 2°47′44″W / 51.76528°N 2.79548°W / 51.76528; -2.79548