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Church of St Stephen and St Tathan
Church of St Stephen and St Tathan (Tatheus)
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"a veritable treasure-house of Roman history"
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Location Caerwent, Monmouthshire
Country Wales
Denomination Church in Wales
Status Parish church
Founded C13th century
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 19 August 1955
Architectural type Church
Style Perpendicular
Parish Caerwent and Dinham
Deanery Netherwent
Archdeaconry Monmouth
Diocese Monmouth

The Church of St Stephen and St Tathan, Caerwent, Monmouthshire is a parish church with datable origins to the 13th century. It is believed to be one of the oldest Christian sites in the county, and possibly within Wales. The Church is sited within the walls of the Roman town. It remains an active parish church and a Grade II* listed building.


It is possible that a very early Christian congregation worshipped at Caerwent in the Roman period, although there is no evidence that this settlement was on the site of the present church. In 1992, a pre-Norman cross-head was discovered near the site indicating the presence of a Christian church predating the Norman Conquest. The oldest part of the existing church is the chancel, dating from the 13th century. The church was restored in 1893-94 and again in 1910-12 by G.E.Halliday. It remains an active church in the parish of Caerwent and Dinham and is a Grade II* listed building.

Architecture and description

The church is built of limestone, some local to the area and some imported from Somerset. It contains a significant number of Roman artefacts, including an altar dedicated to the God Mars, dating from AD 152.

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