The Parish

Madley is the birthplace of Saint Dubricius, the 6th century evangelist of South Wales. He was actually born at Chilstone which is named after the ‘Child Stone’ that marked the spot. The parish has a fine medieval Church of England parish church which replaced that founded by St Dubricius. The church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary is one of the best known local examples of Norman architecture with gargoyles carved into the tower itself. It is a Grade I listed building.

The British Telecom’s Madley Communications Centre is on part of the disused World War II airfield RAF Madley. It was built in 1940 by Welsh contractors and opened as a training centre for aircrew and ground wireless operators on 27th August 1941.

In 1943 the grass airfield was reinforced with Sommerfeld Tracking and the centre’s population rose to about 5,000. The site was visited in 1944 prior to D-Day by US General George S. Patton, and later by Rudolf Hess (who had been held prisoner near Abergavenny) on his way to the Nuremberg trials in 1946. Today only a few hangars remain.

The Red Lion in Madley is an old coaching inn dating back to the 16th century and is a grade II listed building.[4] Here mail was delivered by mail coach from London[citation needed]and distributed to recipients in the locality. The pub itself is built on a well which is situated under the hallway by the pub cellar. A stream also runs under the rear car park and flows under the land of the Red Lion Garage.