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Edlogan Way, Croesyceiliog, Cwmbran 29 December 2015

Edlogan Way, Croesyceiliog, Cwmbran 29 December 2015
Well, no doubting you are entering Croesyceiliog! The name Croesyceiliog does not derive from "Croeso" (welcome), a popular misconception, but from the Welsh for Cock Cross. Centuries ago according to one version, it is said there was the figure of a large bird with outstretched wings in the act of crowing, with a cross by its side, taken to represent the cock crowing as Peter denied Christ on the morning of the Crucifixion. According to local tradition, these were swept away by the 17th Century Taleban, the Roundheads, in 1646 as they rampaged through the area destroying idolatrous images.

Probably nearer the truth is that it gained its name from the Upper Cock hostelry on the Highway, which had as its sign a large painted cockerel with a verse starting off: "Dyma dafarn Croes y Ceiliog...", "Here is a tavern, Cross of the Cock..."