St. Arvans

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
St. Arvans
St Arvans.jpg
St. Arvans parish church
St. Arvans is located in Monmouthshire
St. Arvans
St. Arvans
St. Arvans shown within Monmouthshire
Population 765 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference ST516965
Principal area
Ceremonial county
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
Welsh Assembly
List of places
51°39′58″N 2°42′04″W / 51.66608°N 2.70121°W / 51.66608; -2.70121Coordinates: 51°39′58″N 2°42′04″W / 51.66608°N 2.70121°W / 51.66608; -2.70121

St. Arvans (Welsh: Llanarfan) is a village and community (parish) 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. Connected by a Segregated Bicycle Path to the edge of Chepstow.

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.[2]

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.[3]

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.[4]


An electoral ward in the same name exists. This ward stretches north from St. Arvans to Tintern. The total ward population taken at the 2011 census was 1,618.[5]


  1. ^ "Community population 2011". Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  2. ^ St Arvans Church. Church History Archived 2006-11-17 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Adopted Unitary Development Plan Archived 2010-07-12 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Listed Buildings in St Arvans, Monmouthshire, Wales". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 4 April 2015.

External links[edit]