Llanthony, St David's Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: On the site of St David's hermit cell
The usual form of such a settlement was a cluster of timber huts centred on a church, with the whole site enclosed by a 'llan', often a circular stone wall. There has never been a proper archaeological investigation of the church site, but it seems likely that any traces of a llan were lost when the nearby priory was built in the early 12th century.
At least, that's one version of events. A simpler, less romantic version is that Lacy sent his chaplain, a man named Erisinius, to build a church here on the site of St David's cell. Alternatively, Erisinius may have served as chaplain to Queen Matilda, the wife of Henry I.
The church is open daily to visitors, which is not surprising, as I can't imagine any place les likely to be troubled by vandalism than this beautifully remote setting.
Address: Crucorney, Llanthony, Monmouthshire, Wales, NP7 7NN
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: Beside Llanthony Priory, up a minor road off the A465. Open every day.
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Llanthony Priory - 0.1 miles (Abbey)
Longtown Castle - 2.1 miles (Castle)
Clodock, St Clydog's Church - 2.4 miles (Historic Church)
Cwmyoy, St Martin's Church - 2.9 miles (Historic Church)
Partrishow, Patricio Church - 3.4 miles (Historic Church)
Llanvihangel Crucorney, St Michael and All Angels Church - 5 miles (Historic Church)
Rowlstone, St Peter's Church - 5.3 miles (Historic Church)
St Margaret's Church - 5.4 miles (Historic Church)
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