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Newport Cathedral (Newport (Gwent))

The Cathedral of St. Woolos is the cathedral in the Welsh town of Newport (Gwent), but actually serves the diocese of Monmouth.

Foermerly a parish church, it was raised to cathedral status on the foundation of the diocese in 1921.

The first church here was a wattle and daub construction built on Stow Hill by Woolos the Warrior, Celtic chieftain of Gwent, after the departure of the Romans in the 5th century.

Its successor was started in the 12th century, and the North and South aisles were rebuilt in the mid 15th century. The square tower was built by Jasper Tudor, Earl of Bedford, in his kinsman Henry VII`s reign.

There was considerable restoration in the 19th century.

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