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Gothic structure, but of British origin, is the following cpitaph written by bishop Godwin; the substance of which accounts for the mamor of Mathern's becoming ecclesiastical :

Here Iyeth entombed the body of
Theodorick, king of Morganuck, or

Glamorgan, commonly called
St. Thewdrick, and accounted a martyr
because he was slain in a battle against

the Saxons, being then Pagans, and in
defence of the Christian religion. The
battle was fought at Tinteľn, where he
obtained a great victory. He died here,

being in his way homeward, three

days after the battle, having taken order with Maurice his son, who suc

ceeded him in the Kingdom, that in the
same place he should happen to decease a

church should be built, and his body buried
in the same; which was accordingly performed

in the year 60q." * Within a short distance of Mathern is MOINSCOURT, another deserted ecclesiastical mansion, attributed to the erection of Bishop Godwin, and also occupied as a farm-house. This exhibits a handsome Gothic porch

The stone coffin, containing the remains of St. Theodoric, was discovered some time since: upon removing the lid, the skeleton appeared perfectly entire, except a large fracture on the skull, which probably occasioned the death of the hero.

defended defended by two lofty turrets: within the court-yard are the two Roman inscribed stones mentioned by Gibson in the supplement to Camden, and said to have been brought from Caerleon: one of these appears to have been à votive altar; the other records the repairing or rebuilding of the temple of Diana by T: H. Posthumius Varus,

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UPON meeting our horses at the village of St. Pierre, we proceeded towards Chepstow, and in a few minutes were surprized with a range of naked cliffs, rising in appearance from the tract of verdure before us; a venerable wood shadowed the brow of the rocks, in front of which rose a forest of masts with waving pennants. This singular combination resulted from the position of Chepstow and its port, in an abrupt hollow, inclosed by considerable heights in every direction. The whole unfolded itself like a map beneath us, as we descended to the town; an irregular-built trading place, but where the

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