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Medieval Abbeys and Monasteries in Wales

Map of medieval 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.


  Name Town County Organisation Heritage Rating ?
Aberconwy Abbey Aberconwy Abbey Conwy Gwynedd 3 Heritage Rating
Abergavenny Priory Abergavenny Priory Abergavenny Gwent 3 Heritage Rating
Basingwerk Abbey Basingwerk Abbey Holywell Clwyd Cadw 3 Heritage Rating
Brecon Abbey Brecon Abbey Brecon Powys 4 Heritage Rating
Caldey Island Priory Caldey Island Priory Caldey Island Dyfed 4 Heritage Rating
Chepstow Priory Chepstow Priory Chepstow Gwent 4 Heritage Rating
Cwmhir Abbey Cwmhir Abbey Abbeycwmhir Powys 5 Heritage Rating
Cymer Abbey Cymer Abbey Llanelltyd Gwynedd Cadw 4 Heritage Rating
Denbigh Friary Denbigh Friary Denbigh Clwyd Cadw 3 Heritage Rating
Ewenny Priory Ewenny Priory Ewenny Glamorgan Cadw 3 Heritage Rating
Haverfordwest Priory Haverfordwest Priory Haverfordwest Dyfed Cadw 3 Heritage Rating
Llantarnam Abbey Llantarnam Abbey Llantarnam Gwent 4 Heritage Rating
Llanthony Priory Llanthony Priory Llanthony Gwent Cadw 3 Heritage Rating
Margam Abbey Margam Abbey Margam Glamorgan 3 Heritage Rating
Neath Abbey Neath Abbey Neath Glamorgan Cadw 4 Heritage Rating
Penmon Priory Penmon Priory Penmon Gwynedd Cadw 5 Heritage Rating
St Dogmael's Abbey St Dogmael's Abbey Cardigan Dyfed Cadw 4 Heritage Rating
Strata Florida Abbey Strata Florida Abbey Ystrad Meurig Dyfed Cadw 4 Heritage Rating
Talley Abbey Talley Abbey Talley Dyfed Cadw 3 Heritage Rating
Tintern Abbey Tintern Abbey Tintern Gwent Cadw 5 Heritage Rating
Usk Priory Usk Priory Usk Gwent 3 Heritage Rating
Valle Crucis Abbey Valle Crucis Abbey Llangollen Clwyd Cadw 4 Heritage Rating
Whitland Abbey Whitland Abbey Whitland Dyfed 3 Heritage Rating
  Name Town County Organisation Heritage Rating ?



 

  

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British History Quiz

Mary, Queen of Scots was moved here following the failure of the Babington Plot to free her from captivity in 1586



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This Day in British History

28 July, 1540

Henry VIII marries Catherine Howard

On the same day, Thomas Cromwell was executed for alledgedly supporting a Lutheran alliance against Henry

Monarch Mayhem

This monarch's nickname was 'Lackland'



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