Place:Skenfrith, Monmouthshire, Wales

Alt namesSkenfrethsource: Family History Library Catalog
Ynysgynwraiddsource: Bartholomew Gazetteer of Britain (1977) p 223
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.883°N 2.783°W
Located inMonmouthshire, Wales     ( - 1974)
Also located inGwent, Wales     (1974 - 1996)
Monmouthshire (principal area), Wales     (1996 - )
See alsoSkenfrith Hundred, Monmouthshire, Waleshundred in which it was located
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Skenfrith (Welsh: Ynysgynwraidd) is a small village in Monmouthshire, Wales. It is located on the River Monnow, close to the border between Wales and England, about 6 miles (9.7 km) northwest of Monmouth. The road through the village (B4521) was once the A40, linking Ross-on-Wye and Abergavenny.

Skenfrith Castle is one of the Three (or 'trilateral') Castles – with Grosmont Castle and White Castle – built in the area after the Norman conquest by Marcher Lords to subjugate and dominate this part of the turbulent Welsh Marches into the medieval period. The castle was substantially rebuilt by Hubert de Burgh between 1219 and 1223, but by 1538 it was abandoned and in ruins.

St. Bridget's Church, Skenfrith was first mentioned in 1207, and was reconstructed and enlarged in the 14th century. The church has a squat tower and large buttress. The whole is listed Grade 1. The interior has a Jacobean pew and the tomb of the last governor of the Three Castles. It also holds the Skenfrith Cope, an embroidered vestment of red velvet and linen which has been dated to the late 15th century. Its design shows the Assumption of the Virgin, surrounded by angels and saints.

The village gave its name to Skenfrith Hundred, one of the historic hundreds of Monmouthshire.

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