SO2531 : The Monastery, Capel y Ffin

taken 2 years ago, near to Capel-y-Ffin, Powys, Great Britain

The Monastery, Capel y Ffin
The Monastery, Capel y Ffin
In 1869, the Rev Joseph Leycester Lyne, self-styled "Father Ignatius", purchased 32 acres here with the intention of establishing a monastic Order within the Anglican church. With the help of fellow monks and local masons, he built what he called Llanthony Tertia. Charles Buckeridge was architect from 1872; he was succeeded by J.L. Pearson until 1882. The church (out of shot to the left) was never completed and is now ruinous. The Order was not a long term success and ended when Ignatius died in 1908. He was buried in his church.

The whole site fell into disrepair until it was purchased by sculptor and typographer Eric Gill in 1924, when he moved his family and workshop here from Ditchling. He too attempted to form a Catholic Order, but he too failed. Nevertheless, Capel became an important artistic centre under Gill and many of the prominent figures in the world of 1920s art came here. Gill found the remoteness of Capel a blessing and a curse. He loved the solitude, but found it difficult to get large blocks of stone to the site and the finished work away. In 1928 the Gill entourage left for Pigotts in Buckinghamshire, where he remained until his early death in 1940.

The monastery is now a trekking centre and holiday accommodation. The church is out of bounds and in a dangerous condition.
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Saturday, 24 June, 2017   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 28 June, 2017
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OSGB36: geotagged! SO 2515 3139 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:58.5549N 3:5.4668W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SO 2509 3152
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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