Other Interest

There still exist on the road from the ferry to the Old Church, a few of the old Pecking (or Packing) Stones, shaped like rough mounting blocks, which were used in the old days by the packmen to rest on their long climb up the hill.

A church known as Cappell St Denys used to stand close to the Redbrook ferry, but this has completely disappeared. There is the socket stone of a 15th century cross at Penygarn, and, separated from it by 50 yards, its base.

Some 200 yards south of the Old Church there is a round socket stone marked with crosses, which is shown on the Ordnance Survey map as ‘Cross Vermond’ — though there is the fairly strong opinion locally that ‘Vermond’ is a corruption of ‘vermin’, and what should be noted at this spot is ‘The Vermin Oak’, under which it is believed that the last wild boar was killed. These socket stones may have once held wooden crosses such as were common by the country roads before the Reformation. Another stone cross (Croes Onen) used to stand near Croes Vane but it disappeared many years ago.