Pubs, a chalky penis and pavement history: a look around the streets of Chepstow, south Wales

In photos: a look around Chepstow, south Wales, August 2017

Here’s my second short collection of photos of the small border town of Chepstow in south east Wales, taken as I headed to and from the nearby Green Gathering festival.

In photos: a look around Chepstow, south Wales, August 2017

The George Hotel, formerly The George Inn, is located next to the Chepstow Town Gate at the foot of Moor Street, and once served as an important coaching inn.

Although there has been an inn on the site since 1620, the current building dates from 1899.

In photos: a look around Chepstow, south Wales, August 2017

The work of a local artiste was displayed on the pavement. True street art, if you will.

In photos: a look around Chepstow, south Wales, August 2017

Old buildings on Welsh Street.

In photos: a look around Chepstow, south Wales, August 2017

In photos: a look around Chepstow, south Wales, August 2017

The Kings Head is open late on Friday and Saturday nights.

In photos: a look around Chepstow, south Wales, August 2017

Looking east along the High Street.

In photos: a look around Chepstow, south Wales, August 2017

The Town Gate was historically the only landward entrance to the town through the Port Wall, and a point where tolls for those resorting to the town and its market were collected.

Originally built in the late thirteenth century, the current archway mainly dates from the sixteenth century and is a Grade I listed building.

In photos: a look around Chepstow, south Wales, August 2017

I love these pavement plaques listing the former occupants of businesses along the High Street.

In photos: a look around Chepstow, south Wales, August 2017

Old British coins are also included.

In photos: a look around Chepstow, south Wales, August 2017

In photos: a look around Chepstow, south Wales, August 2017

Looking along the High Street to the Town Gate.

In photos: a look around Chepstow, south Wales, August 2017

War memorial.

In photos: a look around Chepstow, south Wales, August 2017

The old world charm of St Mary Street.

In photos: a look around Chepstow, south Wales, August 2017

Looking for a bargain.

In photos: a look around Chepstow, south Wales, August 2017

Unfortunately closed when I passed by, the Tiffin Vintage Tea & Coffee House is open from “Monday to Saturday from 10am until we run out of cake.”

I like word tiffin, and its usage has an interesting history:

In the British Raj, where the British custom of afternoon tea was supplanted by the local Indian practice of taking a light meal at that hour, it came to be called tiffin. It is derived from English colloquial or slang tiffing meaning to take a little drink, and had by 1867 become naturalised among Anglo-Indians in the north of British India to mean luncheon []

In photos: a look around Chepstow, south Wales, August 2017

In photos: a look around Chepstow, south Wales, August 2017

The Parish and Priory Church of St. Mary features an ornate west doorway dating from the late 11th century, and is a Grade I listed building.

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