Monastic Wales.








Event detail for site: Strata Marcella

1536: Dissolution

Prior to it dissolution in spring 1536 Strata Marcella was in a ruinous state.

Following its suppression the site was purchased by Edward Grey, lord of Powis, who complained that the monks had stripped the site leaving only that which could not be moved.

Bibliographical sources

Printed sources

Jack, Sybil, 'Dissolution dates for the monasteries dissolved under the Act of 1536', Bulletin of the Institute of Historical Research, 43 (1970) p. 180

Robinson, David M., The Cistercians in Wales: Architecture and Archaeology 1130-1540, Society of Antiquaries of London, Research Committee Report (London, 2006) p. 276


Other events in the history of this site

1170Foundation - The community originally settled on lands on the West bank of the R Severn but relocated to the present site several years later.  [2 sources]
1170x1190Founds daughter-house - Strata Marcella founded Llanllugan nunnery; at least the nunnery was under the auspices of the Cistercian abbey.  [1 sources]
1197Burial - Owain Cyfeiliog, prince of S. Powys and founder of the abbey, died and was buried at the house. [2 sources]
c.1201Founds daughter-house - Strata Marcella founded Valle Crucis in Denbighshire as a daughter-house. [1 archives]
1282-1283Destruction - The abbey sustained extensive damages during the Edwardian wars. [1 sources]
1284Compensation - The community was granted £43 compensation for damages caused during the Edwardian wars.  [1 sources]
1328-1330Welsh community replaced - English monks from Buildwas replaced the native Welsh community. [3 sources]
1369Bequest - Lewis Charlton, bishop of Hereford, bequeathed 20 marks to the abbey to help finance the fabric of the church. [1 sources]
1420Confirmation - Edward Charlton confirmed the abbey's rights and holdings and added new privileges. [1 sources][1 archives]
1440Burial - Llywelyn ab y Moel was seemingly buried at Strata Florida. [1 sources]
1530Decline - By the 1530s Strata Marcella was in a ruinous state and had accumulated considerable debt.  [1 sources]
c.1535Wealth - At this time the abbey was recorded as having an income of £64. [2 sources]
1536Dissolution - Prior to it dissolution in spring 1536 Strata Marcella was in a ruinous state.  [2 sources]

 
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