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Stones Museum

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MARGAM STONES MUSEUM

WITH CADW

 

The Margam Stones Museum, which has on display some 28 stones, is housed in what was formerly one of the earliest church schools in Wales. This building, renovated in the 1990’s, is situated within the churchyard of St Mary the Virgin, better known as Margam Abbey. The present building, which is the parish church, is only part of the original Cistercian abbey founded in 1147.

Within its walls there are sculptured and inscribed stones dating from the Roman period and one memorial, dating from the 6th century, has Latin and Irish Ogham inscriptions. There are also several cart-wheel crosses dating from the 10th and 11th centuries, the most notable being the elaborately and extensively decorated Conbelin Cross.

 

The medieval period is represented by several grave-slabs of abbots associated with the Cistercian abbey; there is also the effigy of a knight dating from the fourteenth century.

 

OPENING HOURS

1 April to 30 September - Wednesday to Sunday - 10:30am to 4:00pm

1 October to 31 March - Access by prior arrangement only.