This strangely-named hamlet has a long history. It lies on the Roman road from Caerleon to Chepstow and may have been a Roman estate. In the Book of Llan Daf it is described as 'villa Cathouen' in a deed dated to about 745.
There was a medieval chapel here, dedicated to St Ciriac (or Curig). It has survived remarkably intact, converted into a garage but still recognisable by the outline of the blocked east window. It is on private land but clearly visible adjoining the road, near the junction with the minor road which runs up river to Usk.
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