Because of the pandemic, the Society is unable to hold its normal monthly meetings in the Drill Hall at present.


We hope to restart holding meetings in September, by using Zoom

Details of how to access the meetings will be circulated to Society members in due course.

The meetings which we currently hope to hold in this way are…

Wednesday 16th September

Dr. Sarah Barber –

The Life of Henry Marten

Wednesday 21st October

Paul Barnett –

The Mulberry harbours

Further information will be available nearer the time.

For information about membership please contact Marian Thomas – 


We do not know when we will be able to start our monthly meetings again, or hold the AGM which is due in May.

The Society’s current officers continue to exchange views with one another, and in due course will take the decisions needed. 

For the time being, all existing subscriptions remain valid.  There is no need to try to renew your subscription at present. 

We will review the position in due course.

The likelihood is that the formal AGM business, including the appointment of officers and the approval of our annual financial statement, will take place at the start of the next meeting, whenever that is.

St Kingsmark Priory

A new ceramic plaque is to be installed by the Chepstow Society to mark the site of a forgotten medieval Priory.

The plaque will commemorate the Augustinian Priory of St Kingsmark – originally a Welsh prince and local saint named Cynfarch or Kynemark, whose 7th century church was in the area.  This was some 400 years before the Normans built Chepstow Castle and the Priory that became St Mary’s Church.

The plaque has been designed by local artist Keith Underwood, and made by ceramicist Ned Heywood.  It will be installed at the top (north-west) end of the footpath leading from Kingsmark Lane down to St Kingsmark Avenue.  

Old maps show that the path roughly follows the southern edge of the old parish of St Kynemark, which centred on the Priory and extended from Crossway Green to the site of The Mount on Welsh Street.

St Kynemark’s Priory itself was founded before 1270, and functioned until Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1534. 

The Priory’s stones were used in later farm buildings, and there is now nothing to be seen of it above ground.  Excavations in the early 1960s – before the modern houses on Kingsmark Lane were built – uncovered evidence of three monastic ranges, but no church.

The work to install the plaque and its small plinth will be carried out between now and Christmas, and it is hoped that there will be a formal unveiling in due course.   Monmouthshire County Council has agreed that the installation work be carried out.