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

St David's Church, Llanthony, Monmouthshire 14 October 2015
Classic mourning symbols; a weeping willow, a sarcophagus representing mortality, to the left, grapes and a corn sheaf symbolising the Holy Sacrament and to the right, ivy representing fidelity.

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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