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Pilgrims Graves by ruins of St Michael's Church

A Grade II* Listed Building in St. Clears, Carmarthenshire

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Latitude: 51.7928 / 51°47'34"N

Longitude: -4.4625 / 4°27'44"W

OS Eastings: 230273

OS Northings: 213329

OS Grid: SN302133

Mapcode National: GBR D7.YCR9

Mapcode Global: VH3LS.L6QG

Entry Name: Pilgrims Graves by ruins of St Michael's Church

Listing Date: 11 June 2001

Last Amended: 11 June 2001

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 25491

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: In enclosed cemetery, immediately S of the church ruins.

County: Carmarthenshire

Town: Carmarthen

Community: St. Clears (Sanclêr)

Community: St. Clears

Locality: Trefenty

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire

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Later C12 or early C13 grave slabs, traditionally said to be of pilgrims, but, possibly relating to the Norman motte and bailey nearby.


Three late C12 or early C13 decorated stone grave slabs lying together in a line within a small rectangular enclosure of low, raised stones. All 3 slabs have small, arch-headed head and foot stones, depicting cross and cable decoration. The slab L is of hog backed form with raised cross carried on the ridge of the stone. The other graves are flat slabs. Centre slab depicts a female figure with arms crossed around a cross motif, a rod held in the left hand, and animals flanking the head, to the upper section of the stone, the remainder bears a crossed lattice pattern. To the R. is a full length female figure in a long dress.

Reasons for Listing

Included as very rare Norman tombstones of highly unusual form.

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