Ewenny Priory Church, Churches and Chapels Ewenny, Vale of Glamorgan - Wales where to go, what to see and where to stay in Wales


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The Parish of Ewenny lies just off the southern edge of the town of Bridgend, about 20 miles west of Cardiff. Although Bridgend is an industrial town, with large plants belonging to Sony and Ford, the parish is firmly in the rural (and beautiful) Vale of Glamorgan. Some of the most stunning coastline in Britain is in walking distance. Spiritually, if not geographically, the Parish of Ewenny is centred around the Priory Church . The local community comprises two small villages that now run into each other, with a total population of not much more than 1000 people. In 1141 Maurice de Londres, Lord of Ogmore, Kidwelly, and Camwallon, who is described upon his grave-slab in the South Transept as "Le Fundur", gave the Priory of Ewenny to the Abbey of Gloucester in frankalmoigne. But the primitive simplicity of the internal architecture, and in particular the massive piers dividing the nave from the north aisle, the plain square-edged arches and the narrow but deep round-headed windows, indicate that the building was commenced during the early Norman period, probably not later than 1115-1120, by William de Londres, the father of Maurice. The Priory was a Benedictine foundation for a prior and ten to fifteen monks.
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