Lower Machen

Lower Machen (Welsh: Machen Isaf) is a small hamlet of 19 houses on the A468 road at the very western edge of the city of Newport, South Wales.

Lower Machen
St Michael and All Angels' Church, Lower Machen - geograph.org.uk - 1337361.jpg
St Michael and All Angels' Church
Lower Machen is located in Newport
Lower Machen
Lower Machen
Location within Newport
OS grid referenceST215895
Principal area
Ceremonial county
CountryWales
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNEWPORT
Postcode districtNP10
Dialling code01633
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FireSouth Wales
AmbulanceWelsh
UK Parliament
Senedd Cymru – Welsh Parliament
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51°35′07″N 3°07′02″W / 51.5853°N 3.1173°W / 51.5853; -3.1173Coordinates: 51°35′07″N 3°07′02″W / 51.5853°N 3.1173°W / 51.5853; -3.1173

Machen itself lies further west in the county borough of Caerphilly, although both lie within the historic boundaries of Monmouthshire.

Lower Machen holds an annual festival of chamber music concerts in the 12th-century church of St. Michael and All Angels. Ruperra Castle is also located in Lower Machen.[1]

Lower Machen was formerly served by Church Road railway station, which closed in 1957.

St Michael and All Angels' ChurchEdit

It is believed that the church (51°35′11″N 3°06′57″W / 51.5863°N 3.1157°W / 51.5863; -3.1157 (St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Lower Machen)) was founded during the Celtic period in the 6th century. The current building dates back to the 12th century. The church has connections with the Morgan family of the nearby Tredegar House in Newport. There are eleven hatchments connected with the family and the Morgan Family Chapel contains monuments to the family. Three of the hatchments appeared in BBC One's Antiques Roadshow broadcast on 23 November 2014 and were valued at around £3,000 each.[2]

The church has eight bells which are rung at festivals and weddings.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ruperra Castle for sale". Southwalesargus.co.uk. 10 September 2010. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
  2. ^ "BBC One - Antiques Roadshow, Series 37, Tredegar House 1".

External linksEdit

Lower Machen Festival - www.lowermachenfestival.co.uk - an annual chamber music festival founded in 1967