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The Monastery Church, Capel-y-Ffin

A Grade II Listed Building in Llanigon, Powys

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Latitude: 51.9761 / 51°58'33"N

Longitude: -3.0904 / 3°5'25"W

OS Eastings: 325201

OS Northings: 231405

OS Grid: SO252314

Mapcode National: GBR F2.KQ2Q

Mapcode Global: VH78D.DL3H

Plus Code: 9C3RXWG5+CV

Entry Name: The Monastery Church, Capel-y-Ffin

Listing Date: 20 June 1995

Last Amended: 20 June 1995

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 16103

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

County: Powys

Community: Llanigon

Community: Llanigon

Traditional County: Brecknockshire

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The Monastic Church stands on a hillside to the west of Capel-y-ffin, NE of the Monastery and detached from it.

History: The Monastery was started in 1869 by Father Ignatius (the Rev J L Lyne 1837-1908), as an Anglican Benedictine foundation in succession to Llanthony. The cloister was begun in 1870, the detached church in 1872; Charles Buckeridge was succeeded in 1873 as architect by J L Pearson. Building stopped in 1882 and the church collapsed c.1920. Acquired by Eric Gill 1924, as a Catholic self-supporting community of the Ditchling Guild.

Exterior: Only the chancel exists, in ruins. Stone, buttressed, bulging outwards at E end.

Interior: 3 bays, severe Transitional Early English. Doorways to N & S and wall-shafts for vaulting, all with trumpet capitals. 3-bay sedilia, combined aumbry & piscina, cusped heads. Cusped tomb recess(?) on N.

References: Kilvert's Diary (1870); R Haslam, Powys
1979; H J Massingham, The Southern Marches, 1952, 144-6.

Listed for its significance in the 19th-century religious revival.

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  • II St. Mary's Church
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  • II Baptist Chapel (formerly listed as a non-conformist chapel at capel-y-ffin)
    The Chapel stands in its own small grounds behind the Church of St Mary.
  • II Ty-Shores
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  • II Barn at The Vision Farm
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