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Carmarthen (Priory)

also known as: Carmarthen

Order: Benedictine

Carmarthen means the town of Merlin for according to the Historia Regum Britanniae Merlin was discovered there as the offspring of an incubus.
[Gerald of Wales, Journey Through Wales, trans. Thorpe, p. 138]

Carmarthen Priory was founded as a cell of Battle Abbey in Sussex by Henry I. Monastic life was short-lived and Bishop Bernard of St David's (1115-48) replaced the monks with a community of Augustinian Canons c. 1125. show details of standing remains

Also site of: Carmarthen Priory (Augustinian Canons)

Dedicated to: St Peter Medieval Diocese: St David's
Affiliated to: Battle Abbey (mother-house)
Lordship at foundation: Carmarthen
Access: Public access to former site (Parc Hind)

Main events in the history of this site

c.1110Foundation - The priory was founded c. 1110 when Henry I granted St Peter's chapel, Carmarthen, to the monks of Battle Abbey (Sussex) to establish a cell.  [1 source]
c.1125Dissolution - The monks of Battle were sent home c. 1125 and were replaced by a community of Augustinian Canons.  [3 sources]

People associated with this site

Bernard , bishop of St David's (replaces Benedictines)

Henry I , king of England, lord of Normandy (founder)

Priors of Carmarthen (Benedictine)

Bibliographical sources

8 Printed sources

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1 On-line sources

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