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Section of wall at SW corner of Parc Hinds

A Grade II Listed Building in Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.8601 / 51°51'36"N

Longitude: -4.2964 / 4°17'47"W

OS Eastings: 241961

OS Northings: 220444

OS Grid: SN419204

Mapcode National: GBR DG.SYSG

Mapcode Global: VH3LH.HH0W

Entry Name: Section of wall at SW corner of Parc Hinds

Listing Date: 19 May 1981

Last Amended: 28 November 2003

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 9509

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Situated on S corner of football ground, at SE end of Old Priory Road.

County: Carmarthenshire

Community: Carmarthen

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire

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History

Part of wall of Priory of St John. Early Welsh monastic site, originally church of St. Teulyddog (possibly Teilo), reference was made to an Abbot here in the C8. The Normans briefly attempted to install Benedictine monks here before 1125, but then Augustinian canons were installed. The Priory was looted in 1403, and dissolved in 1537. The ''Black Book of Carmarthen'' came from the scriptorium and the famous Eisteddfod of 1450 was probably held in the grounds. Following Dissolution in 1537, the Priory became a private house, some of the buildings gradually falling into ruin. There was a poor-house here in the C18. Most of the site was cleared in 1781 by Lord Cawdor for the establishment of a leadworks. The leadworks was demolished by 1860.The site has been partly excavated since 1979. This section of wall is thought to have been part of the SE side of the priory church.

Exterior

Short stretch of a standing wall of coursed stone, 8m long and 2.8m high, which is thought to have formerly comprised part of the south-east elevation of the former medieval Priory Church of St John. It is now incorporated into the later SW boundary wall to Parc Hinds. Late C20 cement coping.

Reasons for Listing

Included for historical interest as small survival of the Priory, with the piece of wall at NW corner of the playing fields and the cottage row Nos 6-7b.

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