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In the end of our visit to Caerleon, the guide took us to this small church in the town centre.
It was named after the celtic monk St Cadoc (also spelt St Cadog) who lived in the 6th century. He was the son of a Welsh prince and travelled as a preacher across Wales and Brittany before he founded a monastery in Llancarfan in Glamorgan. His family had connections to the Lord of Caerleon.
Some historians believe that Caerleon was a cell of St Cadoc or his successors, while others believe that the church was built upon a Roman temple and that there were already Roman christians worshipping here - there is no real evidence of any of this, although it seems certain that the location must be due to the Roman roads running through Caerleon, providing excellent connections to other parts of Wales.
Fact is that a church was first built on this site in the 12th century, but the present building was constructed in 1867 and only incorporates one arch from the 12th century, and a few more arches from the 15th and 16th century.
The church was closed when we visited, but we spent a short time at the churchyard before we left Caerleon. I liked it very much because I think it is very pretty parish church.
Updated Apr 21, 2012
Situated high above Caerleon on the other side of the Usk River and making a great backdrop for pictures of the Amphitheatre is the picturesque village of Christchurch.
From here you can get a spectacular sweeping view of the Usk Valley as well as taking panoramic pictures of Caerleon below...
Although the Amphitheatre seems close, I did take the picture with a 10X Optical Zoom on my digital camera.
Written Sep 7, 2004
In nearby Caerwent only seven miles away is the Roman city of Venta Silurum.
After the Romans defeated the Silures they set about 'civilising' them by creating the city of Venta Silurum to serve as their tribal capital, now home to the modern day village of Caerwent.
Venta Silurum represents the best remains of Roman Walls enclosing a settlement in the UK, with the walls standing up to 17 feet (5.2m) in some places.
It is also here that you will find the only excavated Forum and Basilica on show in the British Isles. Other places of interest include a Romano-British Temple, Shops and Houses and a Villa.
The city was founded in AD75 and was thought to be home to around 3,000 people.
Some of the finds are on show at Caerwent Church, whilst the majority are held in the museums of Newport and Cardiff.
Written Sep 1, 2004
This little lane is next to the White Hart Pub.
It only caught my eye because Whitehart Lane is the name of Tottenham Hotspur's Premiership Football ground in North London!
And no, I don't support them but if you do you can take a picture of it as a souvenir. Me, I just stood there making rude gestures at the streetsign... ;-)
Written Aug 29, 2004