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CALDEY PRIORY;ST MARY'S PRIORY, CALDEY ISLAND

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NPRN 245

Map Reference SS19NW

Grid Reference SS14089631

Unitary (Local) Authority Pembrokeshire

Old County Pembrokeshire

Community Tenby

Type of Site PRIORY

Broad Class RELIGIOUS RITUAL AND FUNERARY

Period Post Medieval, Medieval

Site Description St Mary's Priory was established as a daughter house of the Tironensian St Dogmael's Abbey (NPRN 94164). It was founded in 1113, probably on the site of an earlier religious establishement. The priory was dissolved in 1536, after which the conventual buildings were incorporated into a secular residence.

The priory is Grade I listed, and is of rubble stone construction with a slate roof. The buildings are grouped around a small courtyard. On the north side is a domestic range. The gatehouse is on the western side and there is a two storey tower on the eastern. The church stands to the south side, and consists of nave, chancel and west tower with a spire. The Caldey Stone is on the south wall of the nave, which has an Ogham inscription of the fifth or sixth century carved into it. There is a cusped thirteenth century piscina in the south wall of the chancel. and there is a gatehouse and guesthouse in the western range. The refectory is to the north and the dormitory to the east. The Prior's Tower is at the north-east angle. The church dates from the thirteenth century. There were additions in the fourteenth century and alterations in the fifteenth and sixteenth. The church quire had been remodelled as a two storey farmhouse by 1800, and the complex later became the anciliary building to a new house. It was restored in the nineteenth century. A second possible medieval monastic establishment stands on St Margaret's Isle (NPRN 30205).

RCAHMW, 22 May 2013

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