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Brief description of site

Henry Avray Tipping designed the gardens around the partially-ruined medieval Mathern Palace in the early-20th century. Medieval fishponds in the grounds and parts of the ruined Palace were incorporated into the original design. The garden has well-preserved terracing and structural planting of yew. There is also a sunken garden, originally designed as a rose garden.

Although the site is now a private residence, it is available for hire for weddings and functions.

Brief history of site

Mathern Palace was a bishops' residence until the end of the 17th century when it went into decline. When Tipping bought the property in 1894 it was a farmhouse. He renovated and remodelled it and laid out the gardens between 1894 and 1914 before moving to Mounton House.

Location information:

Address: Mathern Palace, Mathern, near Chepstow, NP16 6JA

Locality: Chepstow

Local Authorities:

Monmouthshire; Mathern

Historical County: Monmouthshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 162 Grid Ref: ST 524908
Latitude: 51.614 Longitude: -2.68885

Key information:

Form of site: garden

Purpose of site: ornamental garden

Context or principal building: house

Site Style : Arts and Crafts

Site first created: 1894 to 1914

Main period of development: Early 20th century

Survival: Extant


Owner: Philip and Helen Carter

Site designation(s)

CADW Register of Landscapes Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in Wales Grade II* Reference PGW(Gt) 35

Conservation Area Reference Mathern

Principal building:

house Created 1410 to 1914

The oldest parts of Mathern Palace date from the 15th century but it was much altered over succeeding centuries and declined into a farmhouse. It was remodelled in the early-20th century when some of the ruins were incorporated into the garden.

Designation status: CADW Register of Listed Buildings in Wales Grade I Reference Bishop's Palace

External web site link:


People associated with this site

Creator: Henry Avray Tipping (born 1855 died 1933)



Feature created: 1894 to 1914

A large circular yew arbour planted by Tipping on one of the garden terraces.


A loggia with wooden supports and a paved area in front of it.

garden terrace


Two linear medieval fishponds which Tipping brought into the design. One has now been given an irregular outline.


Organisations associated with this site

Welsh Historic Gardens Trust

Cadw Role: Designating Authority

Sources of information

Coflein website

Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, 'Mathern Palace;Mathern House, Garden, Mathern', <> [accessed 1 October 2007]

Register of Landscapes, Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in Wales: Gwent

Cadw and ICOMOS UK, 'Mathern Palace' in Register of Landscapes, Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in Wales: Gwent (Cardiff: Cadw, 1994), pp. 94-5


  • Mathern Palace

    Mathern Palace

  • Mathern Palace

    Mathern Palace

  • Mathern Palace from the church tower

    Mathern Palace from the church tower