Valle Crucis Abbey in Wales is one of those hidden away serects, laying low in a valley which you came only see if you are driving up to the Horse Shoe Pass along from Llangollen. This is a beautiful site for an abbey and there are extensive remains, but this post is about the monks dormitory and the abbots lodgings. The abbey dates from 1201 and the dormitory is still roofed, I hasten to add not from that period, there are six west lancets windows for each one of the monk’s cubicles.
The dormitory now contains a fine set of twenty grave slabs removed from the church.
The above slab is an early 14th century half effigy.
This is a rare dated grave slab of 1290 for Gweirca Owain.
In the late 15th century there were new lodgings built for the abbot, you reach these by going through the dormitory.
On reaching the first room of the lodgings, you notice above the fire place, a wonderful grave slab used as a lintel. I doubt if when carrying out the building of the lodgings in the 1400’s the builders used the grave slab, I think it happened when is was used as a farmhouse C1800 that the fire places were added. Looking above one fireplace you notice a second, there was another level at one time, long gone now.
From the exterior of the building you can see the small lancet windows in the dormitory.
The abbey as seen from the road, zoomed in quite a lot.
The rest of the abbey will follow in another post.