and Monasteries in Wales
A guide to Wales, highlighting attractions, history, and visitor information.
Medieval Abbeys and Monasteries in Wales
The vast majority of monastic establishments in Wales belonged to the Cistercian order. This was partly due to the encouragement of the Norman invaders of Wales, who saw in the French-based order a means of lessening the influence of Welsh Celtic Christianity. The Cistercians generally opted for a life of simplicity and hard work in remote and inaccessible areas, though this did not stop them from building very profitable monastic houses and owning vast tracts of territory.
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This national celebration marked the 60th anniversary of Queen Victoria's coronation
Queen Victoria came to the throne in 1837 and the festical took place in 1897
There was a Golden Jubilee ten years earlier in 1887
This Day in British History
30 August, 1720
Birth of Samuel Whitbread
Whitbread founded Whitbread's brewing company in 1842 and later became a politician