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St Utar is a small coastal town that has not grown since its original origins back in the seventeenth century. Although the village itself is under 400 years old, the history of the area it is built on dates right back to Celtic times.


The Dragon Stones that lie in the Dragon Wood are what scientists think are the only remains of a Druidic settlement dating back thousands of years. The stones are thought to be the remains of a Druid temple dated at approximately 900 years B.C., which makes it one of the oldest remnants of Celtic society in the whole of Britain (Other archaeological digs place the Celts in Britain as no earlier than 700 B.C.)

Because of the apparent age of the stones, coupled with the fact that the stones have remained above ground for nearly 3000 years, many scientists have questioned the authenticity of the stones and the data collected on them. It is up to the individual to decide if they really are Celtic in origin or not, for if they are it is a miracle that they have remained unburied for so long.

According to local folklore, it is said that the stones are built upon a nexus point for several ley lines cris-crossing the area. It is said that the ancient druids knew how to tap into the power of the stones and use it to protect the land from invaders, but the knowledge they had is now lost to history.

The Roman Church

The modern Church of saint Utar is built upon the site of an earlier Roman Catholic Church, thought to be dated at around 500 A.D. The nearest Roman settlement to this is in [ Careleon in Newport]. The church was thought to have been destroyed around A.D. 1200, but it is unclear as to what led to its destruction.

St Utar, The Church and the Village

The history of the church itself begins with the story of a Catholic priest called Harold Utar. In a vision from god, he was told to travel to Wales from his home in Cornwall to seek out a settlement of wanderers along the south Wales coast. When he reached the coast he found an encampment of travelers who were dying of an "unusual malaise that seemed to eat them from within.". The story goes that he used the power of prayer to heal the travelers and then convinced them to settle here.

St Utar commissioned the Building of a church on the site of the old Roman one and slowly over the years the settlement attracted more people from the neighbouring towns. Soon the village had become a strong farming community.