Llangattock Vibon Avel

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Welsh: Llangatwg Feibion Afel
Llangattock-Vibon-Avel church - geograph.org.uk - 247457.jpg
St Cadoc's church
Grid reference: SO458157
Location: 51°50’14"N, 2°47’17"W
Population: 358
Post town: Monmouth
Postcode: NP25
Dialling code: 01600
Local Government
Council: Monmouthshire

Llangattock-Vibon-Avel is a rural parish in Monmouthshire. It is located five miles west of Monmouth and some thirteen miles east of Abergavenny, just off the B4233 old road between the two.


The name means, in the Welsh language, "St Cadoc's church, of the sons of Abel", the latter part to distinguish the village from others in the area with dedications to Cadoc, such as Llangattock Lingoed. The local form would have been Llangatwg F'ib'on Afel.[1]


St Cadoc's Church is a Grade II* listed building. Its tower dates in part from the 14th century, but the main part of the building was rebuilt in the 19th century by Thomas Henry Wyatt.[2] It is now largely disused, but contains in its quiet south facing graveyard five memorial tombs to members of the Rolls family, including Charles Rolls, of Rolls-Royce fame. The churchyard also contains a tall granite war memorial to men of the parish who fell in both World Wars.

The church contains several brass and stone tablets dating from the early part of the 17th century, to the Evans family, formerly seated at Llangattock Manor. The church register dates from 1683.

Nearby Llangattock Manor was built on the site of an earlier house in 1877, for John Rolls, who later took the title of Baron Llangattock. It is also by Wyatt. Llangattock School, now known as Monmouth Montessori School, is a Montessori school and nursery housed in a school building commissioned by John Rolls at the same time as the manor house, for the children of workers on the family's estate.[2][3] The Rolls of Monmouth golf club is based nearby at The Hendre, which was the main seat of the Rolls family.

Graves of the Rolls family


Two miles to the northwest of the village, at Llanfaenor, is an ancient chapel of ease, restored in 1859, and consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and a western turret originally containing one small bell. In 1987 the chapel was converted to a private residence, retaining many of the original features.[4]


  1. Derivation of Llangattock-Vibon-Avel
  2. 2.0 2.1 John Newman, The Buildings of Wales: Gwent/Monmouthshire, 2000, ISBN 0-14-071053-1
  3. Llangattock School
  4. Llanfaenor chapel

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