Join us as we take a quick look at Monmouth in Monmouthshire.
Here is a little taster of the history of Monmouth and what you can find there.
In the county of Monmouthshire, where the River Monnow meets the River Wye, is a town called Monmouth.
It has a population of around 10,000, and is twinned with the French town of Carbonne, and Waldbronn in Germany.
Monmouth was once a Roman site, with a fort, and iron working centre.
It grew after the Normans built a castle. which was the birthplace of King Henry the fifth, monarch of England between 1413 and 1422.
Overlooking the town sits the Kymin, a roundhouse folly built in 1794, paid for by the gentleman of Monmouth for leisure purposes.
It sits alongside the royal naval temple; which attracted the attention and praise of Lord Nelson himself.
It was built in recognition of 16 British Royal Navy Admirals. and commemorates the second anniversary of the British naval victory of the Battle of the Nile in 1798.
In the town itself stands a statue of Charles Rolls, of Rolls-Royce. whose family had a mansion on the outskirts of the town
Today, Monmouth is a market town and tourist destination.
In it you can still see what remains of Monmouth castle, which was built by the Normans, and largely destroyed on the orders of Oliver Cromwell in 1646. And a stone bridge which is the only one of its kind in Britain.
There are also some wonderful walks just a stone’s throw away.
In the town you can shop. Take a look at the many wonderful historical buildings. And then relax over a cuppa in one of the town’s cafes or tea shops.
For entertainment there’s the Savoy Theatre; believed to be the oldest working theatre in Wales.
Once a year there is the Monmouth Festival, a nine-day musical extravaganza, which best of all, is free.
Minus food, drink, and lodgings of course.
There is also the Monmouth raft race, set up by the young farmers. And now run by the Monmouth Rotary Club as a charity event, and a fun day out for all.
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