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Site of Friary at Llanfaes

A Scheduled Monument in Beaumaris (Biwmares), Isle of Anglesey (Ynys Môn)

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Latitude: 53.2747 / 53°16'28"N

Longitude: -4.087 / 4°5'13"W

OS Eastings: 260929

OS Northings: 377328

OS Grid: SH609773

Mapcode National: GBR JN81.JL4

Mapcode Global: WH53W.6Y1G

Entry Name: Site of Friary at Llanfaes

Scheduled Date: 22 April 1998

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 897

Cadw Legacy ID: AN134

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Friary

Period: Medieval

County: Isle of Anglesey (Ynys Môn)

Community: Beaumaris (Biwmares)

Traditional County: Anglesey


The monument consists of the remains of a friary, probably dating to the medieval period. A friary is a house specifically for men and of chiefly mendicant religious orders. The friary was founded about 1237 by Llywelyn ap Iorwerth. It had strong associations with the Princes of Gwynedd in the 13th century, and was the final resting place of Joan, wife of Llywelyn ap Iorwerth and of Eleanor de Montfort, wife of Llywelyn ap Gryffydd. The friary drew support from the town of Llanfaes before the population was moved by Edward I to Newborough.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of medieval ecclesiastical organisation and for its historical associations. The structure itself may be expected to contain archaeological information in regard to chronology, building techniques and functional detail.

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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