The Hanbury Arms viewed from the banks of the River Usk. The Norman tower (c. 1219) is visible at the left, adjoining the main building.
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The Hanbury Arms is a Grade II listed public house on Caerleon High Street, near Newport, Wales. The oldest parts of the building date back to 1219. It is both a listed building and a scheduled Ancient Monument in the region.
It is well known for being frequented by Alfred, Lord Tennyson in 1856, where he began writing Idylls of the King from the building's riverside views.A blue plaque now adorns the building, with another on the wall near his rumoured seat.
The pub is formed from local rubbled stone, limewashed and decorated in 16th century style.Much of the original architecture remains untouched. The slate roof also consists of local Welsh stone. The windows were reformed in the 19th century and the interior remains in its true style.
Caerleon has historic origins as an Iron Age Silures hill fort. Upon the arrival of the Roman outposts across Britain, including at nearby Caerwent, the Isca Augusta fortress at Caerleon developed on the River Usk as an important route for goods and men into the country.
The first known construction on the site is a Norman tower built around 1219, which stands to this day. The purpose of the tower is uncertain, however two theories exist. One suggests that the tower was twinned with another on the opposite bank of the Usk, and together served as a chain tower allowing access to the upper river. Other historians claim it formed the outer bailey of the village.
In the 1600s, Caerleon's quay grew, likely in a similar to the much earlier Roman docks that are now buried, and the Hanbury Arms established itself as an important presence on the riverside.
The current building began as a home and trading post named Ty Glyndwr, built by the local Morgan family. The building dates to 1565and was later used in the 17th century as a Magistrate's Court. The aforementioned Norman tower was appropriately used during this time as a lock-up.
The modern premises operates as it did in the 18th century, as a public house now operated by Cardiff-based Welsh brewery S.A. Brain.The business operates until 11.30pm during weekends. It hosts regular live performances from local and international musicians, especially so during the yearly Caerleon Arts Festival each summer.
Abergavenny is a market town and community in Monmouthshire, Wales. Abergavenny is promoted as a Gateway to Wales. It is located on the A40 trunk road and the A465 Heads of the Valleys road and is approximately 6 miles (10 km) from the border with England.
Caerleon is a town and community on the River Usk situated 5 miles (8 km) northeast of the city of Newport, Wales and 5.5 miles (9 km) southeast of Cwmbran. Caerleon is of archaeological importance, being the site of a notable Roman legionary fortress, Isca Augusta, and an Iron Age hillfort. Close to the remains of Isca Augusta are the National Roman Legion Museum and the Roman Baths Museum. The town also has strong historical and literary associations: Geoffrey of Monmouth elevated the significance of Caerleon as a major centre of British history in his Historia Regum Britanniae (c.1136), and Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote Idylls of the King (1859-1885) while staying in Caerleon.
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The Mynde is a historic site and property located in Caerleon on the northern outskirts of the city of Newport. The town is the historic site of the Isca Augusta Roman Fortress.
The Caerleon Arts Festival is a yearly arts, literature and entertainment event in the town of Caerleon, near Newport, Wales. It is held in July, setting up over a week period, with a main weekend hosting the headline events. The 2019 festival concluded on 13 and 14 July.