Abbey of Cwmhir Study Group:


October 25th

Bringing light to the two founding dates of Cwmhir Abbey: 1143 & 1176 – Part I: 1143

Looking at historical events in Mid & West Wales around 1143 brings up many questions we might usefully try to answer:

1. Did the apparent uncertainty of the founding of our mother house, Whitland, effect the founding of Cwmhir in 1143 or was it more driven from Clairvaux?

2. What was the influence of the Normans? Why did they introduce a Burgundian  monastic order?

3. What was the influence of the family of Rhys ap Tewdwr? Gruffyd ap Rhys and Rhys ap Gruffydd (The later Lord Rhys) gaining power and later dominance in Deheubarth.

4. Cadwallon ap Madog was active in Maelienydd from 1140. What was going on there?

5. Cadwallon was married to Efa, the daughter of the ruler of Powys - what effects did that have?   

To get a copy of the papers being discussed before coming to the next meeting on October 25th email: 01597 851021

(Articles from previous meetings can be found by clicking here: PREVIOUS

The Abbeycwmhir Heritage Trust pays tribute to the publishers of the journals and books which we are consulting and thanks them for making them available on the web and in libraries. In particular we thank the Radnorshire Society Transactions, Archaeologica Cambrensis, the Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion and Powys Libraries.