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Churchyard Walls, Railings, Gatepiers and Gates to south-east of Church of St. Mary, Monmouth

Description: Churchyard Walls, Railings, Gatepiers and Gates to south-east of Church of St. Mary

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 15 August 1974
Cadw Building ID: 2780

OS Grid Coordinates: 350914, 212955
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8126, -2.7121

Location: St James St, MonmouthMonmouthshire NP25 3BZ

Locality: Monmouth
County: Monmouthshire
Country: Wales
Postcode: NP25 3BZ

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Listing Text

Location
On the street continuing the line of Church Street east out of the town centre.

History
Main gateway to south of church tower was originally erected in the 1750s on ground given by the Corporation. This is the major surviving structure from the Georgian surroundings to the church built by Francis Smith, architect of Warwick, in 1732. The present arrangement, with the main gateway repositioned slightly, and all the walling and other gates and railings dates from the early to mid C19.

Interior

Exterior
Forest of Dean sandstone ashlar walls and piers with wrought iron gates and railings.
Twin tall rusticated ashlar gatepiers, with wide cornices and urns, set between supporting rusticated wings pierced by arched footways; end pilasters, cornices with panels over. Two broad stone steps up. Exceptionally fine double wrought-iron gates and surround with ornate scrollwork to pilasters, bowed overthrow, cresting and also on mid-rail; spear dog-bars. Plainer gates to side entrances.
Main gateway adjoins No. 24 Church Street (qv) to left where a further short pilaster is attached. To right is a long, low stone wall with copings topped by arrow-head railings; this wall curves around the south side of churchyard before turning into Monk Street (A466) and ending at the modern telephone exchange at the north-east corner of the churchyard. This section contains two sets of C19 panelled gatepiers with wide cornices and double plain ironwork gates with bowed brace struts.

Reason for Listing
Included in a higher grade as fine Georgian churchyard features surrounding the Parish Church of St. Mary.

References
Different layout is shown on Street Plan of 1800 in W Coxe, Historical Tour of Monmouthshire, vol. 2, p 292 opposite.
First Edition O.S.map, sheet XIV 4 (1881).
Glamorgan/Gwent Archaeological Trust reports on medieval churches for Cadw.
John Newman, The Buildings of Wales, Gwent/Monmouthshire, Penguin, 2000, p 397.
Keith Kissack, Monmouth and its Buildings, Logaston Press, 2003, p 146.

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Notes:
On the street continuing the line of Church Street east out of the town centre.

Source: Cadw

Listed building text is © Crown Copyright. Reproduced under licence.




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