Chepstow Memories…. a new project??

The Chepstow Society is considering whether it could help set up and coordinate a project to record people’s memories of living in Chepstow in the post-war period – say, from 1945 to the 1970s. We’re particularly interested in people’s memories of what the town was like to live in before the Severn Bridge was built.

No definite decisions have yet been taken on the project’s scope and format. For instance, it could entail recording and publishing interviews (as has recently been done in Caldicot), or we could produce a booklet – or both.

BUT… any decision to go ahead will depend on whether we have enough support and commitment from people who would help develop and run the project – as well as from people willing to be interviewed, or to contribute material.

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Guy Hamilton (email) or leave a message on the Society’s Facebook page, and we will get back to you. Thanks.

New Chepstow Society walk leaflet

21 Mar 2018 by Guy

The Chepstow Society is publishing a new leaflet, “A Walk Around Chepstow”, to coincide with this year’s Walking Festival, and the Society’s own 70th anniversary.

The new leaflet follows a 9-mile circular route, starting in Chepstow and following the Coast Path through Bulwark and Mathern to St Pierre Pill on the estuary, then heading back through Mounton to join the Wye Valley Walk at Piercefield, and back to the town centre.

The Society hopes that the new leaflet will interest local residents as well as visitors. It is in the same format as the popular “Chepstow to Tintern and Return” booklet – a single sheet folded twice to give detailed information about the route and its history, together with a map.

Copies will be available from Chepstow Books in St Mary Street, and the Tourist Information Centre, priced at £1. The Society also publishes the Chepstow Town Trail booklet, the “Chepstow Story” – an introduction to the town’s history – and other publications.

The Society was set up in March 1948 as a local amenity and historical society, dedicated to studying and protecting the town and its surroundings. It meets regularly on the third Wednesday of each month in the Drill Hall. The Society always welcomes new members. Membership costs £10 each year, and benefits include discounted meeting entrance fees and a regular newsletter

New publication by Keith Underwood

9 Mar 2018 by david

Keith Underwood – Artist, Historian and a Life member of the Chepstow Society – has designed and produced a booklet about William FitzOsbern to commemorate the 950th anniversary of the founding of Chepstow Castle. It is for sale at £5.99, obtainable from Chepstow Bookshop.

It is a limited edition of 100 booklet. It is all hand written in Keith’s calligraphy script and with his excellent illustrations. Keith has used extensive historical research, and translated the text into English to enable the reader understand the context.

Chepstow Society Photographic Competition

To select 13 photographs for inclusion in a 2019 Calendar depicting seasonal scenes in and around Chepstow