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Newport Cathedral, Newport

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Newport Cathedral is the cathedral of the Diocese of Monmouth, in the Church in Wales, and seat of the Bishop of Monmouth. Located in the city of Newport in South East Wales, its full title is Newport Cathedral of St. Woolos, King & Confessor.Saint WoolosThe name "Woolos" is an English corruption of Gwynllyw, the 5th-century Welsh saint who first founded a religious establishment on the site.Pre-Norman establishmentAn early wooden church is known to of stood on the site from sometime during the Welsh Age of the Saints. This was rebuilt in stone in the 9th century indicating the importance of the cult of Saint Gwynllyw and the wealth of the shrine, as stone buildings from this period are very rare. Sections of the present building date from Early Medieval times and part of this stone building is now incorporated into the present building as the Galilee chapel located at the western end of the Cathedral.A pirate attack circa 1050 left the structure 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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  • The cathedral has been tastefully modernised retaining a very sacred feel to the building. The choir stalls are new and the organ was renovated recently. It has four manuals, and amazing 32 foot stop!  more »
  • 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 »
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  • Benn there for weddings and funerals its a lovely cathedral.

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