Welcome to the Father Ignatius Memorial Trust website

The Monastery

The Monastery was founded in 1870 by Fr Ignatius with the aim of restoring monastic life to the Church of England, and it remained in monastic use for over forty years. Eric Gill, the sculptor and typographer, lived there from 1924 to 1928. It has been owned by the Knill family since 1985.

The Pilgrimage

The Trust holds an annual pilgrimage to Capel-y-ffin and the Monastery church, including an optional 3½ mile walk from Llanthony to Capel-y-ffin along the eastern side of the valley. The date for this year’s pilgrimage is Saturday 19th August 2017 (please see the News page for more details).

The Trust

Weather damage to the fabric of the Monastery church has presented severe problems over the years. The Trust objectives include the maintenance of the ruined church containing Ignatius’s tomb, and its preservation as a site of religious significance and a focus for prayer and worship.

The Trust Archive

There is a collection of Father Ignatius Memorial Trust archive material at Abergavenny Museum. We have also made some documents and articles available here on the website on the Documents page.

How you can help

We aim to keep the memory of Ignatius alive. You are warmly invited to make a donation and to become a Friend of the Father Ignatius Memorial Trust by subscribing to the Trust Newsletter.

(See the Help Us page).




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Father Ignatius of Llanthony

Fr Ignatius OSB (Revd. Joseph Leycester Lyne, 1837-1908) was a prominent figure in the Catholic Revival which swept the 19th century Church of England.  As a young man he resolved to restore to it the monastic life lost at the Reformation, and devoted the rest of his life to this aim.

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The latest issue of the Father Ignatius Memorial Trust Newsletter is now available. It includes reminiscences of the early days of the Trust, founded 50 years ago this July, together with information about the annual pilgrimage (Sat 19 August), an obituary of former Trustee Fr Roger Shambrook and much else. Copies from our Secretary, Dr Peter Davies, whose contact details are on the main website. ... See MoreSee Less

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Another complimentary review of Hugh Allen's book 'New Llanthony Abbey' can be found in the latest issue of the Kilvert Society Journal: ... See MoreSee Less

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Pan-Orthodox Pilgrimage to Llanthony Priory:

An invitation from Father Luke and the Orthodox Community at Llanelli to attend a pan-Orthodox pilgrimage to Llanthony (one of St David’s monastic cells) near Abergavenny on Saturday 4th March.
Services will take place in St David's Church next to the ruins of Llanthony Priory. Please arrive by 10am and the liturgy will begin shortly after. The Vespers service will be mid-afternoon from approximately 3pm. There is a hotel next to the Priory ruins for a drink/meal after the liturgy, or a picnic lunch may be brought. See:
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Wintry scenes at Capel-y-ffin last week
(photos by Matt Vaughan)
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The Trust needs funding to help maintain the Monastery Church, to produce the yearly Newsletter and allow the annual Pilgrimage to continue.

To contribute, please see the Help Us page – your subscription &/or donation will be much appreciated.  The Father Ignatius Memorial Trust is a registered charity (Charity Commission Registration Number 253225).