C.A. Hay

Valle Crucis Abbey, Wales (early 19th century)

Pen, ink and monochrome watercolour

8 x 12 cm


Valle Crucis is a Cistercian abbey located in Llantysilio in Denbighshire, Wales. The abbey was built in 1201 by Madog ap Gruffydd Maelor, Prince of Powys Fadog. In 1537, at the height of Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monasteries, Valle Crucis was dissolved and fell into disrepair. The abbey is now a ruin, though large parts of the original structure still survive.

We also have in stock an en-suite watercolour of the nearby Llangollen Bridge; it is likely that some of the abbey’s stone was used to build the bridge after the abbey had been dissolved.

Condition: Generally very good. Signed lower right.