Monday, 20 July 2015

Abergavenny Priory

Our final port-of-call on what was a busy day was Abergavenny - a lovely market town in Mid-Wales.  The priory church is full of good things: a good set of late Medieval choir stalls, a plethora of tombs (Medieval and later) and a remarkable sculpture, in wood, of the sleeping Jesse.  It is about life-size and would have formed the base of a monumental sculptural group culminating in a figure of Christ - a 'Tree of Jesse'.  It is a rare and fortunate survivor.  Of the church the crossing, transepts and chancel (with chapels) are Medieval; the nave is Victorian replacement for the replacement of the Medieval structure.  The nave is not too bad, rather G F Bodley in style.  Like the priory at Kidwelly that we visited last year it was founded, along with a castle, by a Norman aristocrat (in this case Hamelin de Bohun) as part of Norman invasion and settlement of Wales.

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