West Vale Catholics - Covering the areas of Llantwit Major and Cowbridge in South Wales.
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ORIGINS OF CHRISTIANITY IN OUR PARISH

Where do we find the first traces of Christianity in the Vale of Glamorgan? In our own parish! Between 74 and 78 A.D. the Silures of South Wales were subdued and there followed 350 years under Roman governance.

The main Roman road constructed to link the east through Caerleon and Cardiff to Neath and Carmarthen passed through Cowbridge, and it is possible that Cowbridge was the site of the Roman fort of Bomium. A number of large villas were established, including the 1.5 acre site near Llantwit Major, its Romano-British occupants being of high social status.

We know little of the extent of the extent of Christianity in Wales during Roman times. Saints Julius and Aaron were martyred at Caerleon during the persecution of Diocletion in the late 3rd century.

Archaeologists discovered a small Christian church at Caerwent, and more significantly for us that part of the decayed Roman villa at Llantwit was used as a Christian burial ground in the 4th century. However, it is unlikely that the Christian faith survived in any dynamic way.

Christianity re-entered the Vale of Glamorgan with missionaries from the west via the seaways which led to the Age of Saints and the development of the powerful Celtic Church.

Our parish is favoured in containing the sites of two of the most famous Celtic monasteries, which had a profound and far-reaching influence on the growth of Christianity in the Celtic lands.
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