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MAENAN ABBEY

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NPRN 16475

Map Reference SH76NE

Grid Reference SH7897365683

Unitary (Local) Authority Conwy

Old County Caernarfonshire

Community Llanddoged and Maenan

Type of Site ABBEY

Broad Class Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Period Medieval

Site Description NAR SH76NE3

There are few if any visible remains of Maenan Abbey, a Cistercian foundation removed here in 1283-4 from Aberconway to make way for the new royal castle and borough (see NPRN 43768). The Abbey was disolved in 1538 when materials were shipped to Caernarvon and a house was built over the west range, presumably the abbot's lodging. This house was replaced by the existing mansion (NPRN 407095) in 1848-52.
Excavations south & south-east of the hotel in 1968 recovered something of the plan of the late thirteenth century church.

Sources: RCAHMW Caernarvonshire Inventory I (1956), No. 1
Butler & Evans in Archaeologia Cambrensis 129 (1980), 37-63

John Wiles 19.03.08

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