St Cadoc’s Church

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St Cadoc's Church

Most of the Church we see today was built by William Herbert, Earl of Pembroke and his son, another William. Herbert inherited Raglan Castle from his father, Sir William ap Thomas, and on July 16th, 1469 he made a will just before he was taken prisoner at the battle of Edgecote and beheaded. “I bequeath” says the will “all the Salt that I have outsept as much as will make the Body and Iles of the Church at Raglan as it (is) purposed now by me. The Chauncell to be at the pleasure of God.”

The Church was desecrated in the Civil war. It was used by the Roundheads as camp, the tower was damaged and the Somerset Tombs were destroyed along with the Church records.

In 1861, Bennet Woodcroft (who created the Science Museum and the London Patent Office) sent a team to Raglan to locate the model of the Steam Machine invented at Raglan Castle during the Civil War by Edward Somerset, 2nd Marquis of Worcester.

The raid was unsuccessful but perhaps it encouraged Rev Wyatt to renovate the Church, build a Lady Chapel, and enlarge the Churchyard in the late 1860's. Rev Wyatt's grave is included in the St Cadoc's Churchyard trail.

Stop and visit our lovely Church and Churchyard. We hope you will have time to take the St Cadoc's Churchyard Trail and learn about our history through the people that are buried here

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