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

St David's Church, Llanthony, Monmouthshire 14 October 2015
A cast iron Royal Arms under the bell tower. From the Restoration of the Monarchy in 1660, it became accepted practice to mount Royal Arms in various media, on church walls, although there was no legal requirement to do so. Many have vanished, victims of neglect or Victorian refurbishments. About twenty percent now remain. At St David's, the iron founder Joseph Wallis was commissioned to produce these arms. Wallis opened in 1792, a foundry in the High Street, Colchester, the first in the town, and twenty seven church Royal Arms are attributed to his works. Wallis died in 1802.

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.