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Claustral Buildings, St Clears Priory

A Scheduled Monument in St. Clears (Sanclêr), Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

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Latitude: 51.8135 / 51°48'48"N

Longitude: -4.4941 / 4°29'38"W

OS Eastings: 228171

OS Northings: 215706

OS Grid: SN281157

Mapcode National: GBR D6.WXKP

Mapcode Global: VH3LL.2P04

Entry Name: Claustral Buildings, St Clears Priory

Scheduled Date: 12 September 1997

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3658

Cadw Legacy ID: CM290

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Priory

Period: Medieval

County: Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

Community: St. Clears (Sanclêr)

Built-Up Area: St Clears

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire


The monument consists of the remains of a priory, a monastery governed by a prior or prioress, dating to the medieval period and includes the remains of the Claustral buildings of the Cluniac Priory at St Clears, which was founded between 1147-84. It shows as a rectangular platform in a small paddock to the south of the former priory now parish church and is one of only two Cluniac cells founded in Wales.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of medieval ecclesiastical organisation. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits. The structure itself may be expected to contain archaeological information concerning chronology and building techniques. The scheduled area comprises the remains described and areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.

Source: Cadw

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