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Newport Cathedral, Newport

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Newport Cathedral in the city of Newport in South East Wales is the cathedral of the Diocese of Monmouth, in the Church in Wales, and seat of the Bishop of Monmouth. Its full title is Newport Cathedral of St. Woolos, King & Confessor.Saint WoolosThe name "Woolos" is a corruption of Gwynllyw, the 5th-century Welsh saint who first founded a religious establishment on the site.Pre-Norman establishmentThe present building has sections that date from Anglo-Saxon times. In the 9th century the wooden church formerly on the site was rebuilt in stone. This indicates the importance of the cult of Saint Gwynllyw and the wealth of his shrine as stone buildings were unusual in Wales at this point. Part of this building is now incorporated into St Woolos cathedral as the Galilee chapel now at the west end of the Cathedral.Circa 1050 the church was attacked by pirates and left in ruins.Norman historyCirca 1080 the Normans built a new nave to the east of the Saxon ruins, and a lean-to south aisle, building a new entrance archway through the Saxon wall. Circa 1200 the Saxon church was repaired so the Norman entrance became an internal archway.Mediaeval historyIt was badly damaged in 1402 when Newport was attacked by the forces of Owain Glynd┼Ár and underwent a major rebuilding including the addition of the tower.
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  • Newport Cathedral was once a Catholic Church before the Reformation and remains the main Anglican Church for the Town. Up on Stow Hill and surrounded by tall trees, it is a relatively small Cathedral ...  more »
  • Visited many times over the years without learning about the history of this very old cathedral church. Try and get a guided tour, the antiquity and facts about worship on this site are amazing. Not t...  more »
  • Having seen that the Cathedral was rated highly on Tripadvisor, I thought it seemed worth a visit, but had not anticipated how stiff a climb it was from the shopping centre where I was parked (there i...  more »