market town, Monmouth stands on the
Wales-England border at the confluence of the
rivers Wye and Monnow and is packed with
history and character, not to mention a few
Tudor houses and the only surviving fortified
Norman bridge gate in Britain, built in 1262.
Henry V was born in its ruined 12th century castle in 1388. It now contains a regimental museum. The Great Castle House was built in 1673 by the third marquis of Worcester.
Monnow Bridge, Monmouth
Photo: Stephen Nunney CCL
The Great Castle House - Photo: David Wright CCL
The king’s statue can be seen in Agincourt
Square alongside that of Charles Rolls, one of
the founders of the Rolls-Royce motor company,
who was born nearby at Hendre. Charles’ father
was Lord Llangattock.
It was in the Shire Hall, built in 1724, that some of the Chartists were tried in 1839. A death sentence was later reduced to transportation.
Other attractions include several old churches and a museum dedicated to local history and the life of Admiral Lord Nelson, one of the town’s most famous visitors.