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Abbey Church of Saints Mary and Samson

Monument typeRoman Catholic Church
Listing gradeII*


J Coates Carter


Date begun1909
Date completed1910


Caldey Island
SA70 7UJ

Local authorityPembrokeshire


DenominationRoman Catholic

Additional notes

originally the home of the first ever community of Anglican monks and under Benedictine rule, backed by the ‘high church’ or Anglo-Catholic wing of the Church of England, in 1913 the community converted to Catholicism and in 1925 sold the island to the Cistercian Order.

The Abbey Church was gutted by fire in 1940 and restored in 1951.

Unique identifier

17324 (Cadw reference)

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