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St Canna's Chair

A Scheduled Monument in Henllanfallteg (Henllan Fallteg), Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

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Latitude: 51.8375 / 51°50'15"N

Longitude: -4.6473 / 4°38'50"W

OS Eastings: 217708

OS Northings: 218747

OS Grid: SN177187

Mapcode National: GBR D0.VFWM

Mapcode Global: VH2P1.D2HP

Entry Name: St Canna's Chair

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2036

Cadw Legacy ID: PE148

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Inscribed stone

Period: Early Medieval

County: Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

Community: Henllanfallteg (Henllan Fallteg)

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire


The monument consists of an inscribed stone, a commemorative monument in the form of a stone which has been inscribed with symbols. It is located in a field to the north west of St Canna’s Church. Originally believed to be from the medieval period it is now considered to be an antiquarian fake produced to argument rituals associated with St Canna’s Well, a holy well formerly located nearby but destroyed in the nineteenth century. The stone is rough block of coarse dolerite measuring c 0.5m x 0.75m x 0.5m into which at the top left on one of the broad faces is lightly inscribed CANV. It was moved to its present location at the south west corner of the field in 1915.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of the organisation and practice of medieval Christianity. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits. An inscribed stone may be part of a larger cluster of monuments and their importance can further enhanced by their group value.

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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