Church of St James Lancaut

Scheduled Monument No 1002078

Location NGR: ST 53698 96482

Address Lancaut Lane, Chepstow NP16 7JB, UK

The church ruin lies on the Lancaut Peninsula. Vehicles should enter Lancaut Lane at NGR 542 965 from the Chepstow-St Briavels road (B 4228). Parking soon appears beyond the houses on the left; there is none beyond. On foot, follow the lane to an information board on the left. From here a path, steep and stony in places, leads down to the church close to the river. A longer and less steep footpath begins further along the lane at NGR 553 966, just before the farm. It descends diagonally left across the fields, past a single, large oak.

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Aerial view of Lancaut with Tidenham Chase and the Severn Estuary beyond

The River Wye flows around the peninsula from left to right, passing below the cliffs of Winters Leap and on towards Chepstow. The church lies beyond the farm, against the woods, and is just visible as three white dots, almost dead centre near the river.

The peninsula has a rich history. There was once a settlement with its parish church here. The church ruin is a Listed Building and sits within a Scheduled Area. An Iron Age earthwork guards the promontory on the high ground above. Later, Offa’s Dyke traversed the area.

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