painted by turner


Ewenny Priory was a Benedictine Monastery founded in the 12th century in Glamorgan . The priory is unusual in having military-style defences and is widely regarded as one of the best-fortified religious buildings in the UK.


Following the dissolution of the Monasteries, it was damaged and converted into a private house, which is still inhabited by its current owners, the Turbervill family. The Priory Church of St Michael is open to the public, and some of the outer defensive walls and towers run along the lane to the Monastery.

JMW Turner 1775 – 1851 visited Ewenny during his tour of South Wales in 1795 and showed a water colour of the South transept at the Royal Academy in 1795.


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