The Town GateThe Town Gate

The original Town Gate was built at the same time as the Port Wall during the lordship of Roger Bigod.  It was rebuilt during the medieval period and the existing gate dates largely from the early 16th Century.  Tolls were once collected on all cattle and goods that passed through for sale.  These were paid to the Lord. In 1524 Charles Somerset, lst Earl of Worcester, restored the Gate

Following extensive restoration by Chepstow Town Council in 1986 his armorial bearings were cast by Keith Underwood, the well known local artist, and hung on the landward face of the building.  The Duke of Beaufort unveiled this heraldic achievement of his ancestor in April 1988.

The room above the Town Gate has had many and varied uses - prison, guard room, quarters for the local constable, tailors workroom, museum, to name a few. Following the recent restoration, this room was named the Margaret Cleyton room in memory of the lady who had the adjacent Gatehouse rebuilt in 1609.

The Town Gate was entrusted to the custody of Chepstow Urban District Council in 1899 as a bequest from the late Duke of Beaufort and the Gatehouse was presented to the town in 1919. 

The building now houses the Town Council and the Citizens Advice Bureau and is available for meetings and functions.

For further details contact Chepstow Town Council on 01291 626370, email clerk@chepstow.co.uk