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have appeared on this subject, -—and still further the idea of attempting to advance my own pretensions, by any comparison with my own collections; yet I cannot help remarking; that when we divest them of their descriptions of the face of the country, their store of information will claim but a small portion of public applause.
To share the approbation of the wise and good, has ever been the chief object and wish of my heart-and had I' no other reward, the kind notice I have been honoured with, by many valuable characters in the first ranks of learnmy, would more than gratify my warmest expectations --and greatly I have to lament, that the distance which separates me from them, prevents my receiving that assistance which would otherwise be conferred on my publications. Delicacy, in a greät measure, forbids the mentioning of names, -yet I cannot conceal that of the Rev. Nir. RICHARDSON, Rector of Farley Hungerford, in Wiltshire, whose talents, eminent as they are, in the wide field of litera. ture, are not more to be admired, than the virtues which adorn the Man. Friend, whom my heart reveres, permit this public declaration of my esteem and value for your character !
Sensible of the weight of obligations I feel myself under to the distinguished characters who make the Tour of this County, I cannot suffer this New Edition of my Labours to go forth, without expressing the high value I entertain for the patronage conferred on these Pages; rendered more estimable by the unsought for manner
in which their Favors have flowed.
In return for such marks of their Approbation, I can only assure them, that I shall, at all times, feel the highest satisfaction in affording them every Information in my power, when at Monmouth, either as connected with their Excursion, or in other way in which my services might prove of advantage ;--considering it as a moral obligation " to dispense all the rational happiness “possible to every one within our power;" and I should feel honored in being the means of adding to the Stranger's Pleasure in travelling through the
beautiful Scenery of Monmouthshire.
WALK on the Banks of the WYE, from Monmouth to TINTERN
by Mr. Gilpin.
by Mr. Wheatly.
Parish of TRELLECH, with those interesting Objects the Druidical
never before published, -all highly worthy attention.
relating to the foriner and present State of the Monastery.
: Roger. Bigod, Earl of Norfolk, tu the lank. :
The Reader is felicited to exercise his Candor over a few Typographical
Errors, of little moment in the general reading,—the mist prominent
MONMOUTH TO TINTERN ABBEY.
The conmunication between Monmouth and the surrounding country, -highly beautiful as it is on every side,--does not afford a more pleasant excursion, than the walk along the banks of the Wye to Tintern Abbey, and from thence to Chepstow. The distance to Tintern, which is only ten miles, divests it of toil, while the path (to use a poetical expression), presents “a carpet of Nature's velvet" nearly the whole of the way.
On leaving the Town, we pass Wye Bridge,-at the end of which a stone stile, on the right hand, conducts to the side of the river,—which may be deemed the traveller's guide and companion to the place of his destination.
After entering the fine meadows adjoining Monmouth, the mind will be engaged, for nearly two miles, in contemplating the fine scenery which environs the town and neighbourhood. Not a barren spot meets the eye; -the beautiful and lofty eminences, which screen it on every side, being cleathed or cultivated to their utmost
summits; while the stream, which embellishes the landscape, proves an inexhaustible source of commercial advantage to the country thro' which it flows.
The fine Mead, called Chippenhain,—the emboucheure of the river Monnow, which unites its stream to the Wye,-Troy House, --with other interesting objects, successively arrest the attention),
On an eminencé, on tlie right bank of the river, about a mile and an half from Monmouth, stands the Parish and Church of
PENALT. This place, which is surrounded by a fine open and extensive common, is celebrated for the production of the Breccia, or Pudding Stone, formed more or less compact. Very excellent mill-stones are cut in dovetailed burrs, which millers pronounce equal to the valuable French stones; and the surrounding counties, are also supplied with cider-mills from this parish. A
very fine specimen of the Cornu Ammonis, found in a quarry at this place, was in the possession of the late Mr. Duberly of Monmouth. Such productions are rather rare in this kingdom, being more generally met with in the West Indies.
In a certain part of the common stands a large Oak tree, of many years growth, surrounded by a stone seat. There was a custom, that, when a corpse was brought by, on its way to the church, it was rested here, and the company sung a psalm. Of its origin, tradition has not preserved the least remembrance.