Llanthony Priory

Crucorney, United Kingdom

Llanthony Priory s a partly ruined former Augustinian priory. The priory dates back to around the year 1100, when Norman nobleman Walter de Lacy reputedly came upon a ruined chapel of St. David in this location, and was inspired to devote himself to solitary prayer and study. A church was built on the site, dedicated to St John the Baptist, and consecrated in 1108. By 1118, a group of around 40 monks from England founded there a priory of Canons Regular, the first in Wales.

In 1135, after persistent attacks from the local Welsh population, the monks retreated to Gloucester where they founded a secondary cell, Llanthony Secunda. However, around 1186 another member of the de Lacy family, Hugh, the fifth baron, endowed the estate with funds from his Irish estates to rebuild the priory church, and this work was completed by 1217.

The Priory became one of the great medieval buildings in Wales, in a mixture of Norman and Gothic architectural styles. Renewed building took place around 1325, with a new gatehouse.

Following Owain Glyndŵr's rebellion in the early 15th century, the Priory seems to have been barely functioning. In 1481 it was formally merged with its daughter cell in Gloucester, and after 1538 both houses were suppressed by Henry VIII's Dissolution of the Monasteries.

The buildings at Llanthony gradually decayed after the Dissolution to a ruin, although in the early 18th century the medieval infirmary was converted to the Church of St David. In 1799 the estate was bought by Colonel Sir Mark Wood, the owner of Piercefield House near Chepstow, who converted some of the buildings into a domestic house and shooting box.

The ruins have attracted artists over the years, including J. M. W. Turner who painted them from the opposite hillside. Wood's house later became the Abbey Hotel. The remaining ruins are protected by Cadw and entrance to the ruins is free.



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Founded: 1118
Category: Religious sites in United Kingdom

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Robert Kasprzak (17 months ago)
I didn’t stay here but stopped for a drink on the end of a camping trip. Beautiful old place, very well maintained with a free car park on the east side of Brecon Beacons
Rosie Brown (18 months ago)
We didn’t stay but popped into the restaurant for the best filter coffee and snacks with a warm and genuine welcome, good company and idyllic setting. Will definitely return as the menu is traditional yet extensive with lots of gluten free options and children’s choices too. Loved the place.
Edd Chappell (2 years ago)
We didn't stay but a great place to stop for a drink and refreshment! It's a shame that they don't allow dogs, but really well located. There's a free car park and an public loo, so good for any intrepid explorers start/finish. Really nice welcoming staff and lots of walks in the local area!
david howells (2 years ago)
Not stayed here but it’s super old, rustic and the parlour bar is a proper snug. Being in the grounds of ancient Llanthony Abbey is also super cool. Super countryside views all round too. No phone signal though…but that can be a good thing!
John Theron (2 years ago)
I can only partly comment on this venue as I was unable to go inside because I had my dog with me. However looking at the place it is wonderful being old, built from stone and in a beautiful area. The staff served us outdoors sitting on the grass so we could have a meal and drink. The food was very good, a reasonable portion and inexpensive. I'm sure from our visit the rooms etc will be very good. Well worth either a visit or to stay here.
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