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 provisional date for next year’s pilgrimage is Saturday 18th August 2018 (please see the News page for more details in due course).

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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If you live in the locality, you will be very welcome to join the Orthodox pilgrims at St David's, Llanthony, on Saturday 3 March. ... See MoreSee Less

Pilgrimage to Site of St David's Monastic Cell-St David's Church

March 3, 2018, 11:00am - March 3, 2018, 12:15pm

Divine Liturgy at 11:00am

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Snow around the Monastery at Capel-y-ffin today (photo by Katie Knill) ... See MoreSee Less

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The autumn meeting of the Trustees took place on Thursday 9 November at the Abergavenny museum. The current officers (Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer) were re-elected, and Fr Mark Soady, Vicar of St Mary's Priory Church, was elected to the Trust. The condition of the ruined abbey church continues to give cause for concern. We are hoping to find a suitable place to display the historic painting of Our Lady of Llanthony and to assist in the restoration of Fr Windle's grave marker in Welsh Newton churchyard, as well as to widen the repertoire of hymns sung at the annual pilgrimage. ... See MoreSee Less

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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).