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Church of St Cadoc

A Grade II* Listed Building in Raglan, Monmouthshire

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Latitude: 51.7648 / 51°45'53"N

Longitude: -2.8514 / 2°51'5"W

OS Eastings: 341340

OS Northings: 207684

OS Grid: SO413076

Mapcode National: GBR JC.05GB

Mapcode Global: VH79H.JXF0

Entry Name: Church of St Cadoc

Listing Date: 19 November 1953

Last Amended: 31 January 2001

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2100

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: Situated by the principal crossroads in Raglan, in a churchyard contained within a stone wall which is entered by a C19 lychgate.

County: Monmouthshire

Town: Raglan

Community: Raglan (Rhaglan)

Community: Raglan

Built-Up Area: Raglan

Traditional County: Monmouthshire

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Anglican parish church, mostly C15 and C19. First church probably built by the Bluets, who held the castle from the C12. Rebuilt in the C15, and enlarged by the addition of the Beaufort chapel to the NE probably by Sir William ap Thomas, who held the castle 1432-c1445. There were legacies for enlargements from his son, William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke, in 1469, and his grandson William, 1st Earl of Huntingdon. The church was badly damaged during the seige of Raglan Castle by Parliamentary troops in 1646 including the destruction of much of the Beaufort chapel and its monuments. Restored 1868 by T.H. Wyatt for the 8th Duke of Beaufort, including the addition of a N aisle (now Lady Chapel) running W from the Beaufort chapel, the rebuilding of the top stage of the tower, new vestry, windows, roofs, fittings, and stained glass.


Parish church, rubble stone with stone tiled roofs and coped gables. W tower, nave, chancel with C19 S vestry, S porch, NE Beaufort Chapel attached to C19 N aisle. Three stage crenellated C15 tower in squared sandstone with diagonal stepped butresses, ornamented with blind tracery to the second stage and third stages. Deep moulded plinth, moulded pointed W door renewed in C19, plaque above recording gift of clock in second stage in 1863. Three-light C15 pointed traceried W window above, single-light ogee windows E and N. Louvred two-light bell-openings with quatrefoil to third stage, crocketed finials and gargoyles. Small glazed loops up right side of S face mark stair.
C15 porch with pointed arched moulded doorway with rounded shafts and wave-and-hollow mouldings. C15 flat-headed windows each side with ogee tracery. Four-centred inner doorway and stoup within. Two-bay roof with 3 tie-beam, collar, and angle strut trusses, possibly C14.
Nave S to right of porch has two C15 three-light pointed traceried windows and rood-stair projection with C15 flat-headed two light traceried window. (To the N single flat-headed three-light traceried window). Chancel S has 1868 lean-to vestry with basement door and 2 cusped lights to S window. Large stone chimney on chancel wallface. Two-light C14 pointed window with quatrefoil head each side.
E end with a large C19 pointed 3-light traceried window with hoodmould, and Beaufort Chapel to right has slightly lower gable separated by buttress and smaller but similar C19 3-light E window.
Beaufort Chapel N has a C15 4-light flat-headed window with hoodmould. N aisle or Lady Chapel of 1868 has 2 C19 pointed 2-light windows with ogee and quatrefoil tracery, hoodmoulds over. W end has C19 3-light pointed window with hoodmould, basement door to right, single light to basement left.


Nave has C19 barrel roof of 12 x 8 panels and 2-bay C19 N arcade of moulded 4-centred arches on moulded shafts. Segmental-pointed W tower arch dying into jambs, wave-moulded, triangular-headed tower stair door to left. W door has 4-centred rear arch. Two nave S windows have moulded rear arches. Rood stair door is moulded 4-centred and has stone steps within but walling cut away in C19 to allow stairs to be used as access to pulpit. Chamfered chancel arch dying into sides, with C19 hoodmould. Chancel has C19 boarded panel roof of 11x 10 panels with brattished wall-plate. Chamfered pointed S door to C19 vestry. Fine N C15 2-bay arcade to NE or Beaufort chapel. The piers with shafts and hollows similar to porch S door, the arched 4-centred, wave and hollow mouldings. A C19 blind 2-light pointed window to right may be a restoration of an original window blocked when Beaufort chapel was added.
N aisle has C19 scissor-rafter roof and C19 arch to Beaufort chapel, imitating chancel arch. The Beaufort Chapel has C19 11x8 panel roof.
Monuments: Three much mutilated fragments of recumbent effigies, two of which are said to be the fourth Earl of Worcester and his countess. Fragments of a destroyed alabaster canopy formerly of the tomb of William, third Earl of Worcester as set out in his will of 1588 remain in the N wall above the effigies. A family vault beneath contains many of the family from this date until 1704. On chancel S wall an attractive later C18 plaque with fluted border inscribed just 'Margret Pytt' and adjoining oval memorial with urn and cherubs to William Pitt d 1779.
C19 font, the bowl with 8 angle shafts on non-matching round base said to be the original, but if so heavily retooled. Curious late medieval 3-sided carved stone fragment on floor adjoining, cylindrical within. C19 timber pulpit with 5 blind tracery timber panels, apparently C15, and said to come from a lost rood screen. Early to mid C20 chancel fittings. Organ of 1909 by Sweetland of Bristol at E end of the Beaufort Chapel.
Stained glass: fine E window of 1868 by Lavers, Barraud & Westlake of London, in memory of Philip Morgan of The Broom, Nativity, Crucifixion and Resurrection, with finely drawn figures and pre-Raphaelite colours. W tower window, SS Peter, John the Baptist, and Paul, of 1875, said to be by Lavers & Barraud, but of much more conventional design. Most of the other windows have patterned glass of 1868, clear and red panes with faded pale yellow Alpha and Omega and IHS quatrefoils. In the Beaufort Chapel fine armorial glass in E window of 1872, commemorating the marriage of Lord Henry Somerset to Lady Isabel Somers Cocks. Historically significant N window to Field Marshal Lord Raglan (1788-1855), with 12 plaques listing his campaigns from Denmark 1807 to the Crimea, erected by subscription of over 600 non-commissioned officers.

Reasons for Listing

Graded II* as a substantially restored medieval church retaining some C14 and C15 detail within a consistent C19 restoration and enlargement. Important if fragmentary remains of the tombs of the Somerset family.

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