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Chepstow, Monmouthshire (Cas-Gwent)

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Chepstow, Monmouthshire (Cas-Gwent)

Chepstow is a town in Monmouthshire, Wales, adjoining the border with Gloucestershire, England. It is located on the River Wye, about 2 miles above its confluence with the River Severn, and adjoining the western end of the Severn Bridge. It is 16 miles east of Newport and 110 miles west of London. Chepstow Castle, situated on a clifftop above the Wye and its bridge, is often cited as the oldest surviving stone castle in Britain.
Post townCHEPSTOW
Administrative CountyMonmouthshire
Traditional CountyMonmouthshire
OS GridST5393
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
Region
CountryWales
Police AuthorityGwent
Fire and Rescue AuthoritySouth Wales
Fire and Rescue AuthoritySouth Wales
Ambulance AuthorityWelsh
Dialling code01291
Population10,821
 

Other names by which Chepstow, Monmouthshire (Cas-Gwent) has been known in the past

Chepstow/Cas-Gwent ~ Cas-Gwent ~ Castle Went

Chepstow, Monmouthshire (Cas-Gwent) in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Chepstow, market town, river-port, and par., with ry. sta., Monmouthshire, on SE. border of co., 17 miles NE. of Newport and 142 miles W. of London -- par. and town, 1096 ac. and 187 ac. tidal water and foreshore, pop. 3591; P.O., T.O., 1 Bank, 1 newspaper.Market-days, Wednesday and Saturday; is situated on the Wye, 2 miles from its junction with the Severn, amidst scenery of much beauty and grandeur. C. has a river and coast trade in coal, iron, timber, bark, cider, &c. Chepstow is now a sub-port of Gloucester. The river is navigable for large vessels as far as the bridge, but from the narrowness and depth of the channel the tide forms a dangerous bore, frequently rising to the height of 50 ft., and even higher. The castle (11th century), which stands on the summit of a cliff washed by the Wye, gradually sank into ruins after its capture by Cromwell, but is still a magnificent pile.

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