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Church of St Bridget

A Grade II Listed Building in Caerwent, Monmouthshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.6022 / 51°36'7"N

Longitude: -2.8267 / 2°49'36"W

OS Eastings: 342841

OS Northings: 189586

OS Grid: ST428895

Mapcode National: GBR JD.BCP9

Mapcode Global: VH7B8.YZHM

Entry Name: Church of St Bridget

Listing Date: 29 March 2000

Last Amended: 29 March 2000

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 23038

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: To the west of the road between Penhow and Magor about 4.5km south west of Caerwent.

County: Monmouthshire

Town: Newport

Community: Caerwent (Caer-went)

Community: Caerwent

Locality: St Bride's Netherwent

Traditional County: Monmouthshire

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History

This was the parish church of a now deserted medieval village which dates probably from the C13. but only the tower and perhaps some of the footings survive from that period. The tower has a battered base to its walls, but the rest of the church does not. The nave, chancel and porch were all rebuilt following demolition of the medieval building in 1848, but the north aisle had already fallen before 1790 and the south aisle in c1812. The church is said to have been restored again in 1897, but it seems unlikely that much was needed after only fifty years. Little has happened to the chuch since then other than the complete re-roofing in concrete tiles in the late C20.

Exterior

The church consists of west tower, nave with north porch and chancel. It is constructed of fairly random limestone rubble with the Victorian work fairly close in character to the medieval tower, but slightly more mechanical in nature. Four bay nave with three lancets on either wall and a gap filled on the north wall by the porch, which is gabled with a pointed arch doorway with dripmould. Clasping corner buttresses, steeply pitched roof with raised stone verges and gable cross. The chancel has a blind north wall, two lancets and a pointed door in the south wall and a 2-light plate tracery window with quatrefoil head in the east gable. The roof has the same pitch as the nave but with lower ridge line, coped gable with apex cross. The tower is of three stages. The ground stage has a pronounced batter to the base of the walls and has a west lancet. The first stage has a single lancet for the ringing chamber on the north side and the bell chamber has a single light on each face and a paired lancet on the west wall. Steeply pitched saddle roof with coped gables.

Interior

The interior was not available for inspection at the time of resurvey but is believed to be plain with Victorian benches and furnishings, Norman bowl font. Principal rafter roof. The porch has a C15 type windbrace roof.

Reasons for Listing

Included for its architectural interest as a well-designed Victorian church with substantial medieval fabric in a very historic setting.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Salisbury Farmhouse
    Located to the north of the community near the boundary with St Brides Netherwent.
  • II Pen-y-lan Farmhouse
    About 4km west of Caerwent and 500m south east of Penhow Castle to the south of the A48.
  • II Parish Church of St John the Baptist
    Located immediately to the SE of Penhow Castle, reached via a long track leading S from the A48, enclosed by a low rubble wall.
  • II Barn to SW of Penhow Castle
    Part of a "U" shaped farmyard group together with the "L"shaped range, located to the N side of the driveway leading to Penhow Castle from A48, Newport/Chepstow Road.
  • II L-shaped Byre Range to SW of Penhow Castle
    Part of a "U" shaped farmyard group together with the Barn, located to the N side of the driveway leading to Penhow Castle from A48, Newport/Chepstow Road.
  • II* Penhow Castle
    Set high on a hilltop above the Newport to Chepstow road. In its own grounds beyond the Parish Church and reached by drive with relocated stone gatepiers and distinctive ball finials.
  • II Five bay Barn and attached Byre to far SW of Penhow Castle
    The S range of a group of farm buildings located at the W corner of the driveway leading to Penhow Castle, enclosing a cobbled yard on E side with low rubble wall with cock and hen coping.Castle from
  • II Stable Block to far SW of Penhow Castle
    The middle range of a group of farm buildings located at the W corner of the driveway leading to Penhow Castle, enclosing a cobbled yard on E side with low rubble wall with cock and hen coping.

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