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Pilgrim's Graves S of ruins of St Michaels Church

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

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Latitude: 51.7927 / 51°47'33"N

Longitude: -4.4623 / 4°27'44"W

OS Eastings: 230287

OS Northings: 213313

OS Grid: SN302133

Mapcode National: GBR D7.YCTK

Mapcode Global: VH3LS.L6TL

Entry Name: Pilgrim's Graves S of ruins of St Michaels Church

Listing Date: 11 June 2001

Last Amended: 11 June 2001

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 25492

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: Near S perimeter of the cemetery.

County: Carmarthenshire

Town: Carmarthen

Community: St. Clears (Sanclêr)

Community: St. Clears

Locality: Trefenty

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire

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Late C12 or early C13 grave slabs, traditionally said to be of pilgrims, but perhaps associated with the nearby motte and bailey castle. In recent years, the stones have been partly encased in concrete.


Late C12 or early C13 carved stone grave slabs, arranged in a line of 3, with longer flanking slabs and a shorter centre slab. The outer slabs have short, round-headed stones at heads and feet. L slab, badly weathered, depicts a figure in knee-length tunic, with the head and foot stones displaying a horseman bearing a lance. The R slab was formerly hog-backed, decorated with a cross running the length of the ridge, also badly weathered, with cross and cable motifs to head and foot stones. The centre slab is much shorter, depicting a figure in a long skirt, probably a child's grave, partially obscured by the undergrowth.

Reasons for Listing

Included as very rare Norman tombstones, of highly unusual form and decoration.

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