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    The Cow Inn

    by Myfanwe Written Mar 15, 2010

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    The Cow Inn, Nevill Street (now The Trading Post): In the 16th century, the Cow Inn was a substantial two-storied town house. During that time its was lavishly restored by the Vaughan family (of Tretower Court). There has been a restoration of the richly carved window sills and lintels, showing the family crest and various animals including dragons. The upper floor and horned cow-heads were almost certainly added when it became the Cow Inn.

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    Do the Heritage Trail

    by Myfanwe Written Mar 15, 2010

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    We picked up the leaflet from the Museum in the Castle but you should also be able to get it from the Tourist information near the main car park.

    The leaflet highlights buildings of notable history. There are no less than 23 blue plaques in and around the streets of Abergavenny which give snippits of information relating to the history of the lovely old buildings such as the Georgian houses, medieval gate and the site of the periwig makers!! It was fun to do and took us about an hour to see everything. It was also a good way of getting to see everything of historic interest.

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    Visit the Museum

    by Myfanwe Updated Mar 14, 2010

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    This little museum is hidden away in what used to be the Motte of the castle. The building is an attractive early 19th Century hunting lodge which also contains a lovely little gift shop. The museum contains artefacts from Roman times through to the 20th Century where there are exhibits of a bedrooms, a well stocked shop from years gone by and an anderson air raid shelter. Best of all, this fabulous little Museum is free of charge.

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    The Victorian Garden

    by Myfanwe Written Mar 14, 2010

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    Within the Castle grounds there is a delightful little Victorian garden. I visited in the winter so the herbs and flowers were not at their best but I could tell that it'd be worth going back in the summer to have a look at it in full bloom.

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    Explore the Castle

    by Myfanwe Written Mar 14, 2010

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    Abergavenny Castle is great, I don't think many people (including myself) realise so much remains of it! You enter the Castle through the remains of the gatehouse, passing into the outer ward. The foundations of the hall can be seen on the left against the late thirteenth century wall. There are some great interpretation boards giving helpful information as you look around the castle, these are the best I've seen as they have a section geared towards children, not just historic facts.

    The motte. where the keep once stood is now crowned by an early 19th century hunting lodge which houses a small gift shop and a lovely little museum (see other tip).

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    White Castle

    by Balam Written Feb 26, 2010

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    7 miles east of Abergavenny is White Castle, so called because traces of the white plaster coating on its walls can still be seen.
    Along with Skenfrith and Grosmont Castles it formed a defensive triangle dating from the time when the Marcher Lords were troubled by the Welsh.
    It's outer ward is as large as a football pitch and is enclosed by stone curtain walls with flanking towers, The gatehouse has 2 circular towers that flank the gate passage and the stit and groove were the portcullis would come down can still be seen.
    The Inner ward is protected both by curtain walls with towers as well as a steep sided moat. The well preserved curtain wall on its two longest sides date from the late 12th c

    Opening hours
    01.04.09 - 31.10.09: Daily 10.00 - 17.00 (Entrance charge aplies)

    01.11.09 - 31.03.10: Free entry

    Adult - £2.60, concession - £2.25, family - £7.45

    Entry is free for Welsh residents aged 60 and over or 16 and under who have a valid pass and to members of CADW

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    Gunter House

    by Balam Written Feb 23, 2010

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    It was here that Thomas gunter J.P. kept two priests, david Lewis and philip Evans. When it had been made Illegal to practice Catholisicm by King Henry VIII. both Priests were executed after Titus Oates stirred up anti catholic actions in 1678. theer was a secret Chapel in the Loft of the house which is now in the Castle Museum.

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    Tithe Barn

    by Balam Updated Feb 23, 2010

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    Next to St.Marys church is a Tithe barn, This is were Tithes would have been stored.
    Local farmers had to pay a tenth of the farm's produce which had to be given to the church this Tithe would have been stored in the Barn. The present Barn dates from the 14th C but is on a 12c site.
    It now houses a Cafe and Art Gallery.

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    St. Marys

    by Balam Written Feb 23, 2010

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    St. Marys was established by Hamelin de Ballon around 1090 as a benedictine priory. it was supported by Tithes (a tax paid by locals to the church on the selling of goods ) it flourished for centuries untill a lack of supervision from it's distant mother house in Le Mans along with the confiscation of revenue during the long French Wars and finally the Reformation ended it's monastic life and it became the towns parish Church with some of the tithes helping to finance the grammar school in St. Johns.
    St. Marys holds the second most important collection of medieval monuments of any parish church in britain, the church has just undergone a vast amount of restoration.

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    Town Hall and Markets

    by Balam Written Feb 23, 2010

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    The market moved here from it's medieval site in Nevill Street in the 17th Centuary with the original market hall almost blocking the street. It was replaced by John Nash's Market Hall and then by the present building in 1870. the building also contains a theatre and the Council offices.
    it is busiest on Tuesdays with the Cattle Market (On the site of an old cricket pitch) with additional open air stalls behind the market hall. Animals used to be sold in various side streets before 1863.

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    Market Street

    by Balam Written Feb 23, 2010

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    Market Street was once named Traitor's Lane as legend says that it was here that Owain Glyn Dwr was let in through a small gateway to devestate the town in 1404. the typical 16th C street has raised footway in front of the buildings with overhanging first floors that were originaly suported on wooden posts (now replaced). the original wooden framework of the buildings is hidden by plaster.

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    Fire Mark

    by Balam Written Feb 23, 2010

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    About 3m above the ground on a shop on the high street there is a fire mark, It is a copy of one that would have been put on to a previous building in the early 19th century by The Birmingham Fire Insurance Company, It showed which properties were insured and it also indicated which fire brigade was primarily responsible for fighting the fire.

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    Cow Inn

    by Balam Written Feb 23, 2010

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    The Cow Inn is now a coffee shop but was once the town house ot the Vaughans of Tretower and then after 1780 it became the Cow Inn. The decoration on the buildings facade includes Cow Heads, Dragons, Goat Heads with the Vaughan crest and some nice patterns around the windows.

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    Abergavenny Museum

    by Balam Updated Feb 23, 2010

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    The town museum is situated in and at the side the 'Castle Keep' which is a reconstructed Keep that was built as a Hunting Lodge in the 19th centuary on the ancient motte.
    Entrance is free and it houses a nice collection of localy found artifacts from the stone age up to modern day. there is a great exhibition in the attatched cottage showing a traditional kitchen, a mock up of a old shop and a air raid shelter. it is certainly worth a visit

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    Abergavenny Castle

    by Balam Written Feb 23, 2010

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    Abergavenny Castle is a good example of a motte and bailey castle with a quite new Keep (Now the Museum) set on top of the man made mound. it has been described as having only scraps of the Castle left but i was suprised to fing that there are quite a lot of the Castle left, certainly enough to show that this must have been a very impressive castle in its time. It was sadly mostly demolished to it's present state during the Civil war and after for general 'recycling'
    Abergavenny Castle is mostly famous as being the scene of two particularly treacherous incidents. In 1175 William de Braose murdered Seisyllt ap Dyfnwal, lord of Castell Arnallt, a Welsh stronghold a few miles to the south-east, here on Christmas Day when he invited Him and his Knights to a feast at the castle they were then taken by surprise while eating and all were killed, at the same time de Braose's retainers ravaged Seisyll's lands, killing his son Cadwaladr and capturing his wife. In retaliation for this the Welsh lord of Caerleon, Hywel ap Iorwerth attacked and burnt the castle in 1182 going on to destroy Dingestow Castle. William Camden, In the 16th-century the antiquary William Camden said that Abergavenny Castle "has been oftner stain'd with the infamy of treachery, than any other castle in Wales."

    Entrance to the Castle and grounds is Free as is entrance to the museum

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