Tewdrig is said to have settled here in solitude beside the Wye and ‘among the rocks’. But his peaceful existence came to an abrupt end one day when a band of raiding Saxons crossed the Wye and he was forced to bravely take up arms. Mounted on horseback he led his household troops to deal with the enemy and a fierce battle ensued.

 

A stone bridge in the nearby Angidy Valley bears the name Pont-y-Saeson (Bridge of the Saxons) which may have resulted from a folk memory of the battle fought by King Tewdrig. It is also significant that a stream in the area is called Cad ffrwd (Battle Stream) and we also have the place name of Catbrook.

 

The invaders were put to flight but Tewdrig was badly wounded in the fighting and he collapsed to the ground. His son Meurig had by now arrived on the scene and the wounded Tewdrig was taken away on a cart drawn by two stags in the direction of a harbour on the Severn Estuary just west of Chepstow. From there it was intended that a boat would take the dying king to the Island of Echni (Flatholm) for burial. The route taken would have been an ancient trackway to St Arvans. From there the route continued due south to the place now called Mathern.