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Magnificent Monmouth

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A January 2013 trip to Monmouth by Slug

The Savoy Theatre Photo, Monmouth, Wales More Photos
Quote: Another journal showcasing a few things about my hometown of Monmouth in Wales

Charles Rolls Statue

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Charles Rolls Statue Monmouth Photo, Monmouth, Wales
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One of Monmouth’s more memorable attractions is its poignant statue to one of its more famous sons, Charles Rolls (of Rolls Royce fame). The statue can viewed in the centre of Monmouth’s main square at the top of Monnow Street and at the opposite end to its famous fortified Monnow Bridge.Charles Rolls was a man of money; born the third son of Baron Llangattock who had an estate The Hendre just outside Monmouth. The family did not have a happy time; Baron Llangattock died in 1912, just before the First World War; his eldest son died in action in 1916, and the second son also died young in 1916. Charles the third son was fascinated by transport and travel, and after funding talented engineer...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 23, 2013

Robin Hood Inn

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Restaurant | "Reasonable Meal at Monmouth's Robin Hood"

Robin Hood Inn Photo, Monmouth, Wales
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One of the pubs that has been around for many years is the Robin Hood near the cattle market and the historic Monnow Bridge. Years ago, it used to be a rather lively place and a place where a Marilyn Monroe wanna be called Monkey Mo in the 60’s and 70’s used to hold court and occasionally dance on the tables in her leopard skin mini skirt much to the shock of innocently passing by tourists. Alas poor Maureen these days is in the sky taking tips from the real Marilyn and the Robin Hood is a much quieter place. Back in the 1770’s the Robin Hood was a rare place where Catholics could worship (in a room upstairs) as the then landlord was a Catholic. The front door of the place actually dates b...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 23, 2013

Robin Hood Inn
126 Monnow Street
Monmouth NP25 3EQ
01600 715 423

The Savoy Theatre

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Attraction | "I love the Monmouth Savoy Theatre"

The Savoy Theatre Photo, Monmouth, Wales
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As a former Monmovian (yes the name exists!), I can remember the Monmouth Savoy being the highlight of most local children's week. Each Saturday morning 40 years ago would see a long snaking queue of children snivelling, sniffing, crying and pushing each other while they waited for the doors of the Saturday cinema club to open. The lucky ones (me included) were grimly holding onto a bad of sweets from old man Ferneyhough's just down the stone laid street. My father tells me it was much the same 80 years ago.Unfortunately during the late 1970s all seemed lost as the cinema closed down to be replaced by a historic Magic Lantern Theatre (WTF!) before seemingly closing its doors for good in th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 7, 2013

The Savoy Theatre
Church Street
Monmouth, Wales NP25 3TD
01600 772467

The Gate House

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Restaurant | "One of the better Monmouth Pubs"

The Gate House Photo, Monmouth, Wales
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One of my regular Monmouth haunts to meet up with my sister and friends is to the Gatehouse, down the bottom end of the town centre near the historic Monnow Bridge. While Monmouth has its full share of bars most of them are traditional in style and design. The Gatehouse is a more modern proposition with modern sofa seating, pale wood flooring, Buddha statues and flat screen TV with which to watch Wales whump the rest of the world at Rugby Union.There is extensive seating outside at the Gatehouse with the best views in Monmouth overlooking the River Monnow and the aforementioned historic fortified bridge. In summertime these seats are most coveted although I should warn you tha...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 7, 2013

The Gate House
125 Monnow Street
Monmouth, Wales NP25 3EG
01600 713 890

The Orepool

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Hotel | "Not too much of a splash at the Orepool"

The Orepool Photo, Coleford, England
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It seems we always have something of a battle with my aged parents and lunchtime. When we visit we like to go out for a meal but it seems we always have a protracted discussion about where to visit, then when we suggest somewhere they turn their noses up.Fortunately our most recent visit was rather less painful than usual. We had visited nearly Tintern for a wander around and then my beloved took a wrong turning in the car towards the Forest of Dean. My mother realised the road we were taking would take us past the Orepool, and so a decision was for one simply made for us. The Orepool didn’t look terribly inviting as we drove up to it. The pub dates originally from the 1600’s b...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 7, 2013

The Orepool
St. Briavels Road, Sling
Coleford, England GL16 8LH
01594 833883

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