St. Arvans parish church
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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
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. The octagonal tower was the gift of local property-owner Nathaniel Wells.
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.
- "Community population 2011". Retrieved 4 April 2015.
- St Arvans Church. Church History Archived 2006-11-17 at the Wayback Machine
- Adopted Unitary Development Plan Archived 2010-07-12 at the Wayback Machine
- "Listed Buildings in St Arvans, Monmouthshire, Wales". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
- "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 4 April 2015.
- Official Community Council Website
- Kelly's 1901 Directory of Monmouthshire on St Arvans
- Photos of area at Geograph.org
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