St Tudur's Graveyard 2

Neill Parker

Caerphilly, United Kingdom

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Artificial Mound in Monmouthshire (Sir Fynwy)

Mound or tumulus located about 50 yards south of St Tudor’s church, Mynyddislwyn. The origins of this site are now quite vague, but according to legend, the mound was raised in the so called Dark Ages – sometime between the 5th-7th century CE and was probably a pagan site, before a church was founded here. In the Middle Ages a small motte and bailey castle was built on top of the mound, though there is no trace of this today.

The grassy mound, eroding away on its lower flanks, is now only 10 feet in height, but originally it was probably much higher. However, the village itself is 1,000 feet above sea-level. According to local legend, the mound is where St Tudor lies buried along with long lost treasure. Roman soldiers are also said to be buried inside the mound. Another legend says that a giant is buried here.

Even the saint himself is lost in the mists of time; only his name survives. But it seems St Tudor (Tudur) was a local king or chieftain who ruled these parts in the Dark Ages.

One other interesting legend tells of a local man who tried to dig into the mound in the hope of finding the hidden hoard of treasure, but when a thunderstorm arrived from nowhere, he became so terrified that he ran away and never returned.

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