Llanthony Priory, Abbeys and Priorys Llanthony, Monmouthshire - Wales where to go, what to see and where to stay in Wales


Honddu Valley Llanthony Monmouthshire Wales
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The ruins of Llanthony Priory are located in a spectacular setting at the foot of the Black Mountains in the Honddu Valley in the county of Monmouthshire. The priory was one of the earliest Augustinian houses to be founded in Britain and one of the great medieval buildings of Wales but suffered during the dissolution of the monasteries being dissolved in 1538. | The Norman nobleman William de Lacy reputedly came upon a ruined chapel of St David (consecrated in 1108) in this location, and was inspired to devote himself to solitary prayer and study. The present complex was built from late 12th Century and its plan was the standard cruciform one, with a massive crossing tower and two small towers at the west end. The style is a mixture of Norman round-headed arches and Gothic pointed arches. | Llanthony Priory lies close to the English/Welsh border, seven miles north of Abergavenny, and is a pleasant detour for walkers on the Offa’s Dyke Trail. | The ruins are today under the care of Cadw and entrance is free.
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