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St John's Priory

A Scheduled Monument in Carmarthen (Caerfyrddin), Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

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Latitude: 51.8604 / 51°51'37"N

Longitude: -4.2971 / 4°17'49"W

OS Eastings: 241914

OS Northings: 220469

OS Grid: SN419204

Mapcode National: GBR DG.SYM7

Mapcode Global: VH3LH.GHNP

Entry Name: St John's Priory

Scheduled Date: 8 May 1989

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2172

Cadw Legacy ID: CM236

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Priory

Period: Medieval

County: Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

Community: Carmarthen (Caerfyrddin)

Built-Up Area: Carmarthen

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. The eastern end of St Johns priory church, part of the monks' cemetery and the east range of the cloister have been located by excavation and the priory precinct can be defined by minor structural remains and mapping. Nearly all of the former precinct area is surviving as open and largely undisturbed ground. 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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