Thanks to the initiative of Professor Ray Howell, President of Chepstow Archaeological Society, the Monmouthshire Antiquarians and Chepstow Archaeological Society are planning a programme of field work for members starting this autumn, 2021.

The first location we plan to investigate is in Grove Wood in the Piercefield Estate, as marked below, and we have kindly received permission to proceed from Chepstow Racecourse.

There are two ruins, Grove House and Grove House Tower. Both sites are immediately adjacent to the footpath that runs through the wood from Welsh Street close to the junction with the A466 and are easily accessible from this path.

Both sites are overgrown ruins, as seen in the attached photographs below. The sites are recorded in the Welsh Historic Environment Record (HER), but otherwise not very much is known about them.

The house is thought to be 18th Century, the tower is possibly much older, it was still standing and excavated in the 1920’s but there is no known record of this other than a couple of photos. We would like to try and establish its date if possible. We will start with a walk for viewing and discussion, gauge the level of interest, then agree on some weekends when we can start.

Saturday 11th September – visit on foot. Meet at Chepstow Leisure centre main car park, at 12:00, for a 10-minute walk to site. Bring some sandwiches and coffee if you like. We will discuss the site, draw up a programme of activity and call for volunteers. We will comply with the current Covid-19 regulations.

The aim is to clear the ground vegetation and undertake detailed recording and planning of visible remains. This by means of a locational survey (tapes, dumpy level) with drawn plans and sections and photographs. We expect this to take place over a number of weekends in later September and October. We could also do with a desk based historical investigation which can start now! This opportunity is open to members of both societies.
Contact Simon Maddison: simon.maddison@btinternet.com