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St David's Church, Llanthony, Monmouthshire 14 October 2015

St David's Church, Llanthony, Monmouthshire 14 October 2015
A wall tablet with an urn, the repository of the soul, with mourning drapes, and oak leaves. The oak represents hospitality, stability, strength, honour, eternity, endurance, and liberty. The oak, oak leaves, and acorn can stand for power, authority or victory. Note the Greek key pattern; often seen due to a Greek revival at the time. The sarcophagus with lion's paws is a common device, the lion representing strength and also a guardian of the tomb. The Foothog is in the nearby parish of Cwmyoy.

This was originally a hermit's cell said to have been established in the 6th Century by St David, and one of the most sacred sites in Wales. A monastic settlement grew up around it, and in the early 12th Century, a priory was built there as a cell, but within ten years a full Augustinian priory had been established. The current church is believed to have been the infirmary of the priory. As with many of these early churches, a great deal of restoration was carried out in the 19th Century.

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