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HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: St Seiriol's holy well
The Celtic community at Penmon was re-founded on the Augustinian style in the 12th century, and the medieval priory church now serves as the parish church. Beside the church stands the prior's lodging, which was converted into a house when the priory was disbanded following the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Next to this stands the old refectory with a dormitory above, now roofless and open to the elements.
A short stroll behind the priory leads you past the old monastery fishpond to the site of the holy well where the water emerges at the base of a small cliff. There is something quietly appealing about this ancient site.
A stone wellhead protects the ancient well itself, and a stone bench beside the entrance provides a peaceful place for contemplation. The wellhead structure is not original; it was added in the early 18th century.
The dovecot was added to the site around 1600. It is a lovely stone structure with a fine cupola, and looks more like it belongs to a stately home than a home for over 1000 doves!
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About Penmon Priory
Address: Penmon, Anglesey, Gwynedd, Wales
Attraction Type: Abbey
Location: 4 miles north of Beaumaris, off the B5109
Website: Penmon Priory
OS: SH631 807
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Penmon Cross - 0.1 miles (Historic Church)
Castell Aberlleiniog - 1.2 miles (Castle)
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Beaumaris, St Mary and St Nicholas - 3.3 miles (Historic Church)
Abergwyngregyn Castle - 5.2 miles (Castle)
Penrhyn Castle - 5.6 miles (Historic House)
Bangor Cathedral - 6.2 miles (Cathedral)
Druid's Circle - 6.8 miles (Prehistoric Site)
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