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<b>Monmouthshire</b>Posted by thesweetcheatThornwell © A. Brookes (27.2.2010)
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Bedd y Gwr Hir Cairn(s)
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Black Cliff Hillfort
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Bulwarks Camp (Chepstow) Promontory Fort
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Cae Camp Hillfort
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Campswood Hill Hillfort
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Camp Hill Enclosure
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Candwr Camp Enclosure
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Carn-y-Defaid Cairn(s)
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Carn Blorenge Round Cairn
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Carreg Maen Taro Standing Stone / Menhir
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Castell Prin Hillfort
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Chepstow Park Wood Round Cairn
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Coed y Bwnydd Hillfort
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Crick Barrow Round Barrow(s)
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Cwm Bwchel, Black Mountains Round Cairn
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Devil's Lap of Stones Round Barrow(s)
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Five Lanes Round Barrow(s) (Destroyed)
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Foresters Oaks Round Barrow Round Barrow(s)
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Gaer-fawr (Usk) Hillfort
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Gaer Hill Hillfort
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Gaer Llwyd Burial Chamber
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Garn Wen Cairn(s)
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Graig-ddu, Black Mountains Round Cairn
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Gray Hill Stone Circle
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Great Barnets Wood Hillfort
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Harold's Stones Standing Stones
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Hatterrall Hill Promontory Fort
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Heston Brake Long Barrow
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Larches Hillfort
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Llanfihangel Rogiet Standing Stone / Menhir
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Llangybi Bottom Standing Stone / Menhir
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Llanmelin Wood Hillfort
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Loxidge Tump, Black Mountains Cairn(s)
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Maen Llwyd (Llanddewi Skirrid) Standing Stone / Menhir (Destroyed)
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Middle Hendre Round Barrow(s)
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Pen-Rhiw Enclosure
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Pen-Twyn Camp (Crucorney) Hillfort
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Piercefield Camp Hillfort
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Rhiw Arw Cairn(s)
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Sudbrook Cliff Fort
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Thornwell Chambered Tomb
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Twyn y Gaer Camp (Crucorney) Hillfort
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Ty-Canol Artificial Mound
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Wentwood Barrows Round Barrow(s)
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Wilcrick Hill Hillfort
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Ysgyryd Fawr Hillfort
Sites of disputed antiquity:
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Llanvair-Discoed Standing Stone / Menhir
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Willis Hill Enclosure


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I don't know where this can refer to. Perhaps someone reading will know. The folklore is just what you'd expect for a prehistoric site.
Gentlemen - Some few years ago I was travelling on a coach between Chepstow and Abergavenny, when my attention was drawn to some large stones lying prostrate on the right hand side of the road, but on which side of the town of Usk I cannot now remember.

.. I found that in the eyes of the coachman, and also of the whole neighbourhood, they were considered rather as a lion, not on account of being Celtic remains, but because it had required the united force of the farm-horses of the neighbourhood to pull them down, and that they could not even then remove the disunited masses from the spot.
Thanks, Mr Richard GP Minty for your vagueness. Perhaps the stones have gone now anyway? But you never know, especially if they were that stubborn.

from 'Archaeologia Cambrensis' v II (1847), p 275.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
24th November 2007ce
Edited 25th November 2007ce

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Ysgyryd Fawr (Hillfort) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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Carn Blorenge (Round Cairn) — Images

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Ysgyryd Fawr (Hillfort) — Images

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Harold's Stones (Standing Stones) — News

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RESIDENTS of Trellech woke up to a strange sight on Sunday morning (1st October) when their historic standing stones took on a new look.
The three stones are known as Harold’s Stones, supposedly erected by Harold, last of the Saxon kings, in commemoration of a victory over the Britons in 1063. The stones also supposedly gave the village its name, with ‘tri’ meaning three, and ‘llech,’ stone, in ancient Welsh.
But Sunday morning saw the stones clad in a white plastic with the letters L, E and S taped onto the plastic. The ‘work of art’ had been signed ‘Angel 17’ which gave no clues to the originator of the work.
Local resident Stephanie Poulter first saw them when driving by and thought to herself that some effort had been put into this.
“It was a mystery who had done this but obviously someone had gone to a great deal of effort,” she told the Beacon.
The plot thickened as by 5pm, the wrapping had vanished, taken down by someone unknown.
MelMel Posted by MelMel
5th October 2017ce

Sudbrook (Cliff Fort) — Folklore

The Camp At Portskewett.
(From a Correspondent).

[...] Thanks to the members of the corps - about 20 in number - who, under the command of Captain Williams, proceeded to the camp on Saturday last, a sufficient number of tents had been pitched for our accommodation before our arrival en masse on Monday.

[...] There is nothing which indicates the whereabouts of the "soldiery" until one is as it were in the midst of them. The tents are completely hidden from view by the high ramparts which extend from the north-east to the south. The piece of ground enclosed within the ramparts is of a triangular form, the eastern line being formed by the waters of the Severn. Coming suddenly into a deep moat without the ramparts, one is as suddenly confronted by a sentry, marching with a soldier-like air, a guard-room, or rather a guard tent, and a number of the guard lounging about.

Immediately in front of the guard tent, there is a gap, cut right in the angle of the encampment, and looking through this the whole of the tents and their occupants within are at once visible, presenting to the visitor a lively and picturesque scene, of which, two minutes before, he could have had no perception.

[...] The weather has been glorious throughout the week, but the heat, which would be exceedingly oppressive in town, is rendered delightful here, with a stiff fresh breeze flowing across the water. Each day the men have worked and drilled with a subordination that would be creditable even to a soldier of long service, and order has been maintained night and day. Heavy gun drill has been gone into most zealously, and some good practice has been made [...]

Ghost stories are not wanting in the guard room, for one good reason. On the north-east are the ruins of an old Roman chapel known as the chapel of the Holy Trinity, and no doubt was connected with the Roman encampment. Sundry remains of the genus homo in decay have been found in this spot, although the outline of the graveyard which adjoined the chapel has been effaced. A sentry is posted in the vicinity of the old chapel, and more than one have felt a chill creep over him during the still hours; but it is unnecessary to mention the little rumours which have currency during the last couple of days.

I have forgotten to mention that the immediate vicinity of the camp is called Sudbrook, and also that the advantages of the spot were utilised as a place to land, conceal, and protect his soldiers by Oliver Cromwell before he stormed Caldicott Castle. The place is in the highest degree classic and historic ground, and is well worth visiting.[...]
From the Western Mail, 4th August 1871.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
30th January 2017ce

Heston Brake (Long Barrow) — Images

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