Pre-Norman Church

History of the church pre-Norman times

In his “Itinerary Through Wales” Geraldus Cambrensis wrote that there were three fine churches in Caerleon – one dedicated to Julius the Martyr, another to Aaron his associate and the third distinguished as the Metropolitan of Wales.

The pre-Norman church was possibly constructed of wood as were nearly all Welsh churches at this time. However, the Romans left almost inexhaustible supplies of good building stone behind and almost all the older buildings of Caerleon, the present church included, are of reused Roman stone.