Margam Stones Museum, Museums Porth Talbot, Neath Port Talbot - Wales where to go, what to see and where to stay in Wales

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Housed in an early church schoolhouse, the collection includes a number of important pre-Conquest early Christian memorials. Parking, toilets. Entry is free for Welsh residents aged 60 and over or 16 and under who have a valid pass. Opening Times: 01.04.09 - 30.09.09: Wednesday to Sunday 10.30 - 16.00, 01.10.09 - 31.03.10: Access is by prior arrangement only by telephoning 01639 871184 on Wednesdays or Fridays.At Margam, visitors can see an outstanding collection from this one corner of the south Wales landscape, all gathered under one roof. Housed in a charming little building which formerly served as a school house, the collection includes examples of Christian memorials from the sub-Roman era right through to the hugely impressive "cart-wheel" crosses of the late 10th and 11th centuries. The finest monument here is the great Cross of Conbelin, an elaborately and extensively decorated disc-headed cross of the 10th century. Its inscription reads:"Conbelin erected this cross for the soul of Ric". Other notable exhibits include the 9th century Cross of Einion and a 6th century memorial with both Latin and Irish Ogam inscriptions. The collection also includes a number of grave-slabs from the medieval Cistercian abbey at Margam.
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