- THE MOUND -
In the private grounds on the opposite side of Mill
Street from where Tan House stood is a large mound. There has been
much speculation over the years as to what ruins lay beneath, some
say a castle, others have different ideas.
My father was a member of the Archaeological Society, they held their
meetings at Caerleon Training College. Many of the members were quite
eminent archaeologists. Some were of the opinion that the mound was
a Druids temple because they always built their temples in the eye
of the morning sun (facing east). Dad was very interested in this
theory, and was inclined to agree because we had first hand viewing.
The mound, which was situated above the Tan House, faced due east,
as did the back of Tan House. As the sun arose at dawn, and came peeping
over the far end of Wentwood, and it rose higher, it filled the bedroom
with a beautiful brilliant golden light, quite a pleasure to waken
to. A beautiful sight. And so it shone directly on the mound, right
in 'the eye of the morning sun.'
The mound has not ever been properly excavated, which would be a very
costly job, so there is no proof of what lies beneath it.