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Raglan, Monmouthshire

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Raglan, Monmouthshire

Raglan is a village in Monmouthshire, south east Wales, United Kingdom. It is located some 9 miles south-west of Monmouth, midway between Monmouth and Abergavenny on the A40 road very near to the junction with the A449 road. The fame of the village derives from its large castle, Raglan Castle, built for William ap Thomas, and now a magnificent 15th century ruin maintained by Cadw.
Post townUSK
Administrative CountyMonmouthshire
Traditional CountyMonmouthshire
OS GridSO4107
OS Settlement ClassificationOther settlement (village, hamlet etc)
Police AuthorityGwent
Fire and Rescue AuthoritySouth Wales
Fire and Rescue AuthoritySouth Wales
Ambulance AuthorityWelsh
Dialling code01291
Populationc. 2,000

Raglan, Monmouthshire in "A Topographical Dictionary of England" edited by Samuel Lewis (1848)

RAGLAN (St. Cadocus), a parish, in the division and hundred of Raglan, union and county of Monmouth, 7½ miles (S. W. by W.) from Monmouth; containing 766 inhabitants. Raglan Castle, said to have been mostly built by one of the lords Herbert, is among the finest remains of the kind in this part of the kingdom. Charles I. was entertained here by the Marquess of Worcester with great magnificence, in 1645; and the castle was gallantly defended for three months by the marquess, against General Fairfax, after the entire reduction of Wales, and until the king's imprisonment at Holmby, when he surrendered it on honourable conditions. The parish comprises by measurement upwards of 4000 acres, and is situated nearly midway between Monmouth and Abergavenny, the higher grounds presenting some fine prospects; the soil is gravelly, intermixed with a loamy clay, and there are good quarries of wall stone. A fair is held on March 31st, for cattle, horses, &c. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the king's books at £4. 6. 3.; patron and impropriator, the Duke of Beaufort: the vicarial tithes have been commuted for £301, and the glebe consists of 25 acres, with a small house. The church is principally in the early English style, and consists of a nave and chancel, with a chapel on the north side, and a tower at the west end; in the chapel are mutilated monuments to some of the earls of Worcester. There are places of worship for Baptists and Independents. Raglan confers the title of Earl on the Duke of Beaufort.

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