Welcome to Chepstow (Cas-gwent)
Chepstow is an attractive market town nestled in a great S-bend in the River Wye, with a magnificent Norman castle and one of Britain's best-known racecourses. It was first developed as a base for the Norman conquest of southeast Wales (and it was only narrowly 'Welsh' in any case: the Wye that cuts its eastern edge was made the boundary between the two countries by kingdom-forming King Athelstan, in 982). Chepstow later prospered as a port for the timber and wine trades. As river-borne commerce gave way to the railways, Chepstow's importance diminished to reflect its name, which means 'market place' in Old English.