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Abbeys and priories in Wales

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Abbeys and priories in Wales is a link page for any abbey, priory, friary or other religious house in Wales.

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Abbreviations and Key

The sites listed are ruins unless indicated thus:-

* indicates current monastic function
+ indicates current non-monastic ecclesiastic function
^ indicates current non-ecclesiastic function
# indicates no identifiable trace of the monastic foundation remains
~ indicates exact site of monastic foundation unknown


Trusteeship denoted as follows:-

  • Cadw = Cadw - Welsh Historic Monuments


Other abbreviations:-

  • trns = transferred
  • rmv = removed
  • c = circa (about)
  • ante = before
  • post = after


Anglesey

Foundation Communities/provenance Alt. Name Formal Name
Penmon Priory Augustinian, built on site of earlier monastery    
Puffin Island monastery      


Brecknockshire

Foundation Communities/provenance Alt. Name Formal Name
Brecon Friary+ Dominican, church later college chapel    
Brecon Cathedral Priory+ Benedictine, priory church in use as diocesan cathedral    


Caernarfonshire

Foundation Communities/provenance Alt. Name Formal Name
Aberconwy Abbey, Conwy Cistercian 1186-1283, daughter house of Strata Florida; community moved to Maenan; church now in parochial use   The Abbey Church of Saint Mary and All Saints
Bardsey Abbey Culdee c.516?, Augustinian c.1210-c.1537, in ownership of Bardsey Island Trust   The Abbey of Saint Mary

Carmarthenshire

Foundation Communities/provenance Alt. Name Formal Name
Kidwelly Priory Benedictine from Sherborne   The Priory Church of Saint Mary, Kidwelly
Whitland Abbey Cistercian from Clairvaux 1140-1539    

Ceredigion

Foundation Communities/provenance Alt. Name Formal Name
Cardigan Priory Benedictine ante1158-1536, converted into a mansion, opened as Cardigan Memorial Hospital 1922    
Llanbadarn Fawr Priory celtic monastery later Benedictine    
St. Dogmaels Abbey Tironensian later Benedictine    
Strata Florida Abbey Cistercian trns from yr hen fynachlog post1164-1539    
Talley Abbey Premonstratensian    
yr hen fynachlog Cistercian from Whitland 1164, trns to Strata Florida post1164 'The Old Monastery'  

Denbighshire

Foundation Communities/provenance Alt. Name Formal Name
Denbigh Friary Carmelite    

Flintshire

Foundation Communities/provenance Alt. Name Formal Name
Basingwerk Abbey Savignac from Savigny c1131-1147, Cistercian 1147-1536/7 (Cadw)    
Valle Crucis Abbey Cistercian 1201-1536/7    

Glamorgan

Foundation Communities/provenance Alt. Name Formal Name
Ewenny Priory Benedictine (Cadw) Ogmore Priory  
Margam Abbey Cistercian, daughter house of Clairvaux, 1147-1536   The Abbey Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Margam
Neath Abbey Savignac from Savigny, 1130, Cistercian 1147-1539   The Abbey Church of Saint Mary, Neath
Penrhys Abbey      

Merionethshire

Foundation Communities/provenance Alt. Name Formal Name
Cymer Abbey Cistercian from Cwmhir 1198/9-1536/7 (Cadw)    

Monmouthshire

Foundation Communities/provenance Alt. Name Formal Name
Abergaveny Priory^ Benedictine, church now in parochial use    
Chepstow Priory Benedictine    
Llantarnam Abbey Cistercian from Strata Florida 1179-1536    
Llanthony Priory Augustinian    
Tintern Abbey Savignac 1131-1147, Cistercian 1147-1536    
Usk Priory Benedictine nuns    

Montgomeryshire

Foundation Communities/provenance Alt. Name Formal Name
Strata Marcella Abbey Cistercian from Ystrad Marchell c1172-1536 Ystrad Marchell  
Tyfaenor Abbey Cistercian from Whitland 1143-1176, trns to Cwmhir 1176 Dyvanner Abbey  
Ystrad Marchell Abbey Cistercian from Whitland 1170-1172, trns to Strata Marcella 1172    

Pembrokeshire

Foundation Communities/provenance Alt. Name Formal Name
Caldey Island Priory Benedictine    
Caldey Island monastery* Benedictine 1926-present, without public access    
Haverfordwest Priory Augustinian    
Monkton Priory Benedictine    
St. Clears Priory Cluniac    

Radnorshire

Foundation Communities/provenance Alt. Name Formal Name
Cwmhir Abbey Cistercian from Tyfaenor 1176-1537    

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