Chepstow is a town in the Welsh County of Monmouthshire, which adjoins the border of Gloucestershire in England. It is most noted for its impressive castle, which happens to be the older stone castle in Britain. It also has a racecourse, which also hosts Welsh Grand National.
Sitting on the river Wye, the town is located approximately two miles upstream of the confluence with River Severn. The location has been much the same in many respects, since Norman Times. Chepstow is the English name however.
There was an early settlement in the area. Settlement has been found as far back as the Mesolithic period way back in 5000 BC. There have been various settlement since then right up until the Roman period up to the end of in 400 AD. Traces of various iron age camps have also been found in the area.
The oldest surviving stone fortification in the United Kingdom, Chepstow castle has long become a major tourist destination. Built in Norman Times, it is a particularly impressive building which is largely still intact. It was constructed by the instruction of the Norman lords of time, William FitzOsbern.
Economically, the town is nothing like as significant as it used to be. Back in medieval times, one that use to be the largest and most important port in the country, this very much came to an end around 200 years ago.
However, the town still has a fairly significant economy and the local area and is popular amongst tourists. It is still a market town with a highly active market held every week. It now has a population of approximately 15, 000, and has a wide range of different facilities including various traditional local shops, the market and accommodation options. It is also conveniently located not far away from the M48 and M4 motorways, and is 16 miles east of Newport.