12 – 14 September (Note, this is a Monday – Wednesday meeting)
The Bear Hotel, 63 High Street, Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan, CF71 7AF 01446 774814

The theme of this meeting is a study of the early medieval monasteries and the historic
houses of the Vale of Glamorgan. We are based at Cowbridge, founded in the Roman
period and developed as a 13th century walled town. The first visit is to the historic centre of
the town, and thereafter we visit medieval defensive houses at Llanblethian, Old Beaupre,
and Fonmon Castle and gardens, the early monastic sites of Llancarfan (with the recently
discovered wall paintings) and St Illtud Fawr (with new displays of the early medieval
stones). We hope to be able to visit the spectacular conservation of the formerly derelict
17th century Sker House, and continue to Merthyr Mawr to see the House, medieval chapel
and crosses, early medieval stones and Candleston Castle.



Monday 12 September

12.00 – 14.00 Bear Hotel. Registration
Lunch (own cost) – prior booking with hotel advisable but not essential.
14.00 Perambulation of Cowbridge to include the layout of the Roman town, the Medieval
Town Defences, Church, Physick Garden and the town’s medieval and post-medieval
architecture (Edith Evans and Bill Zajac).
15.30 Walk to St Quentin’s Castle, Llanblethian (John Kenyon)
18.30 Lecture: The Early Medieval Monasteries of Glamorgan (Jeremy Knight)
19.45 Dinner

Tuesday 13 September

9.00 Coach (on road outside Bear) to
9.30 Old Beaupre Castle (John Kenyon and Prys Morgan)
11.30 Llancarfan Church medieval wall paintings (Ann Ballantyne)
12.30 Fox and Hounds pub lunch
13.30 Fonmon Castle (Prys Morgan)
14.45 Llantwit church and early medieval stones (Jeremy Knight) and view of the Old Plas
16.00 Llysworney church and Tea at Moor Farm (by kind invitation of Jill and Edward Jacobs)
17.45 Coach leaves for Bear Hotel
18.30 Lecture: Historic Houses of the Vale of Glamorgan (Prys Morgan)
19.45 Dinner

Wednesday 14 September

9.00 Leave for Sker House (or Ewenny Priory)
9.40 Arrive Sker House (Michael Davies) or Ewenny Priory (Sian Rees)
11.30 Merthyr Mawr House Chapel and Crosses, Church and Early Christian Stones (Jeremy
12.15 Candleston Castle (Jeremy Knight)
13.00 Return to Bear Hotel Lunch (own cost) and conference disperses.