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The CBA Wales/Cymru Spring Meeting was hosted this year by the Abbey Cwmhir Heritage Trust.

CBA Wales/Cymru Chair Mike Green opened proceedings with an update on CBA Wales/Cymru activities. He reported on the publication of Archaeology in Wales Volume 61, the Festival of Archaeology Event at Powis Castle on 15th July and the Memorandum of Agreement recently agreed between CBA local groups and central CBA.

Mel Walters introduced us to the work of Abbey Cwmhir Heritage Trust. While the Trust is close to 40 years old, the formation of a Community Heritage Project and collaboration with the Sacred Landscapes of Medieval Monasteries Project in 2020 has brought about renewed energy.  A team of people with a wide range of skill sets has come together to take forward research on Abbey Cwmhir and its granges. 

Professor David Austin then eloquently explained the collaboration in more detail. The Strata Florida Trust Research Project and the Abbey Cwmhir Trust are working under the AHRC funded Sacred Landscapes of Medieval Monasteries Project to undertake fieldwork and analysis leading to the inclusion of a study of the Abbey Cwm-hir history and landscape within the Strata Florida Trust Book Series. David took us through the results of the work thus far, placing Abbey Cwmhir in the context of Strata Florida Abbey.

Julian Ravest enlightened us as to the techniques and potential of drone flown photogrammetry for enhanced survey, recording and interpretation of archaeological earthwork features on a landscape scale, illustrated with examples of both know and newly discovered sites.

Julian Lovell brought us up to date with the post dissolution phase of Abbey Cwmhir and then ably guided us on a tour of the Abbey remains. Some interesting discussions took place about the original layout and size of the Abbey and associated buildings and the economy of the area and how that changed post dissolution.


Abbey Cwmhir Heritage Trust hosted The Pilgrimage long distance walk from Strata Florida Abbey to Abbey Cwmhir on 9 July 2022.

The weather was fantastic and our walkers enjoyed either the mini-pilgrimage from Strata Florida to Pont Marteg (16 miles), or the full pilgrimage (25 miles) to Abbey Cwmhir.

The walk follows the route that the Cistercian monks would have taken to walk between the two abbeys and it provides an unrivalled opportunity to experience the remote uplands of the Cambrian Mountains.

Abbey Cwmhir Heritage Trust is delighted and honoured to have been able to welcome HRH Prince Charles to Abbey Cwmhir on 10th December 2021

National Volunteering Week – celebrates and thanks volunteers for their time, energy, commitment  values and skills.

The Trust hosted an Afternoon Tea Party for our Volunteers to thank them for all the amazing support that the Trust has received in the last year.

November 2019 – Research Group formed

Cadw, Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust, Prof Austin and Dr Bezant from Sacred Landscapes Project Strata Florida and Julian Ravest from Radnorshire Society agreed to support Abbeycwmhir Heritage Trust by forming a Research Group to advise on the heritage aspects of our project. More information about the team can be found on our About Us page.

November 2019 – Drop-In Community Event

We held a very successful drop-in event on 23 November, attended by over 100 people. Thank you everyone who helped us set up the event (including PAVO and our many cake makers) and those of you who came along on the day.

  • The aims of the event were to:
    show the results of a recent drone survey and dig to find a medieval graveyard, and
  • find out how interested our community is in why the abbey was built, how it functioned and what has happened since.

Many people expressed their interest in getting involved in helping to demystify this important part of our local heritage, and most were keen to be kept informed as our studies unfold.

If you weren’t able to join us on the day, but would like to be on our volunteer or mailing list, please get in touch with us at


August 2019 – Discovery of medieval graveyard

Clywd-Powys Archaeological Trust carried out excavations at Home Farm, Abbeycwmhir that revealed a medieval graveyard to the west of the Abbey ruins. A full description of this dig will become available on CPAT’s website.