After completing our tour of the Dean Heritage Centre we decided to drive through the Forest towards the town ancient market town of Monmouth. On our way I spotted a sign to the Kymin and I took a detour. After a steep climb we arrived at the top of a Kymin Hill from which there are spectacular views of the Monmouth and the surrounding countryside.
The Kymin, now a National Trust property, is a round house / tower, constructed in 1794.
This was a favourite picnic spot for Georgian gentry. Closeby there is also a Naval Temple that was built in 1800 to commemorate the second anniversary of the Battle of the Nile (1798) and to celebrate the supremacy of the British Navy. The monument is dedicated to several Naval Admirals of that era, including Lord Nelson. Nelson, himself, is known to have visited the Kymin in 1802.
There are many lovely woodland walks at the Kymin and it is a perfect spot for picnics.
We continued on our way and made our descent into Monmouth and parked the car and explored on foot. Monmouth is a typical country market town with a long straight high street with many small shops.
In the centre of Monmouth in Agincourt Square is the Shire Hall which was once the court of assizes and quarter sessions.
Under the clock is a statue of the English King Henry V who was born in Monmouth in 1387. In 1417 Henry and his army won the famous Battle of Agincourt in France during the Hundred Years’ War.
Also in Agincourt Square stands a statue of Charles Stewart Rolls. who was an early pioneer in motoring and aviation. He was a baloonist and was the first to successfully fly across the English Channel and back without stopping. Unfortunately Charles died in a tragic flying accident in 1910. The Rolls family had lived near Monmouth at Hendre House for several generations. Charles was also a co-founder of the company known as Rolls Royce.
We wandered on along Church Street.
Here we stumbled upon the old Savoy Theatre, which is said to be the oldest known theatre site in Wales.
Just around the corner is the St Mary’s Priory Church with its magnificent towering spire.
The church was beautifully decorated with flowers for Easter.
Opposite the church are some old Arms Houses.
Some streets with festooned with cheery Easter decorations.
We then headed down the long Monnow High Street which is lined with numerous small shops.
At the fare end of the high street is the bridge and gatehouse over the River Monnow.
The bridge dates from the late 13th century, and the gatehouse dates from the end of the 13th / early 14th century, and is the only remaining example of a medieval fortified river bridge in Britain. This longstanding structure is made of red sandstone.
The River Monnow
All photos by me © Louise Shapcott
(except where photos have been rightfully accredited to the photographer / owner)
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