St. Arvans

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St. Arvans
  • Welsh: Llanarfan / Sain Arfan
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St. Arvans parish church
St. Arvans is located in Monmouthshire
St. Arvans
St. Arvans
Location within Monmouthshire
Population765 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceST516965
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtNP16
Dialling code01291
FireSouth Wales
UK Parliament
Senedd Cymru – Welsh Parliament
List of places
51°39′58″N 2°42′00″W / 51.666°N 2.700°W / 51.666; -2.700Coordinates: 51°39′58″N 2°42′00″W / 51.666°N 2.700°W / 51.666; -2.700

St. Arvans (Welsh: Sain Arfan or Llanarfan) is a village and community (equivalent to a parish) in Monmouthshire, south-east Wales. It is located two miles north west of Chepstow, close to Chepstow Racecourse, Piercefield House and the Wye Valley AONB. It is connected by a segregated bicycle path to the edge of Chepstow.

History and amenities[edit]

The village church is dedicated to Saint 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 and 1823, and extensive restoration work was carried out in the 1880s and again in the 1980s. The octagonal tower was the gift of the local property-owner Nathaniel Wells.[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 listed at Grade II*.[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 17 November 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Adopted Unitary Development Plan Archived 12 July 2010 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.

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