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Today is 25th September 2017
Monmouthshire Day.
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Wikishire is where you may find the best of Britain and Ireland.

Wikishire is where you are; whether you are on the Shetland islands or the South Shetland Islands, or the places between, Wikishire is a growing guide on all you need to know about the British and Irish lands.

Tell the world what you love about your home. Each shire, from Kent to Kerry is here, with ever-growing detail; if your town or village is not in Wikishire, or if something important is missed out, then log on, then -

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To begin, you can peruse the list of counties of the UK or Republic of Ireland, or even go directly to a random page! To accompany the encyclopædia we also have an interactive map of the counties of the British Isles.

Today's featured image is:

The Town Gate in Chepstow, Monmouthshire


Chepstow is a town in southeastern Monmouthshire, adjoining the boundary with Gloucestershire. It stands on the River Wye, close to its meeting with the River Severn.

The dominant sight of Chepstow is its castle; the oldest surviving stone castle in Britain. It is known too for Chepstow Racecourse which hosts the Welsh Grand National.

This location on the River Wye was named Striguil in Norman times, from the Welsh word ystraigyl meaning a bend in the river. By about the 14th century had become known in English as Chepstow, from the Middle English chepe stowe meaning market place. The Welsh name for the town, Cas-gwent, which is short for Castell Gwent (Read more)

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