The Shell House Hermitage Cilwendeg Pembrokeshire

It’s a very long time since I’ve visited Capel Colman in Pembrokeshire; it was wet then and I didn’t bring back an image worth reproducing. My interest then was a very charming cross decorated stone, probably early christian, hidden in the bank in the lane leading to a nearby farmhouse.

Last Thursday it was a trip, similarly wet, with Elsie and and g-Parents to see the Shell House Hermitage at Cilwendeg. Open only on Thurdays and April to September this recently restored oranmental grotto (by the Temple Trust ) is a peaceful (re)treat for Folly Fans.

Created by Morgan Jones the Younger in honour of his uncle in the 1820’s, using some of the £20000 per annum income from the Skerries Lighthouse, he created a modest yet beautiful monument to a well loved man of  a charitable and ‘rustic’ disposition.

The Shell House Hermitage Cilwendeg

The Shell House Hermitage Cilwendeg

Open April-September 9.00am to 6.00pm
Contact: Father Paul Mackness
01239 682830
Google Map Here

UPDATE: See Suzannah Fleming’s post re new contact details.

The Temple Trust:

Paul Williams

This is the blog of Paul Williams, Ceredigion resident since 1970. I am an English and Philosphy graduate of what was once known as St David's University College, at Lampeter. I played bass in Dyfed's first punk band, and living in Llandewi Brefi, had a grandstand view of Operation Julie. Eventually, after 2 years playing bass in Brighton's 256th punk band, I returned to Wales to deal in books and then antiques. I've trained and worked as a counsellor, I am a photographer, blog and web designer and I publish the annual Wales Antiques Guide. I am married and a father of one. Apart from my family, my interests include books, maps, Nikon, Yashica and Mamiya film cameras, British Culture 1935 - 1965, Poole pottery, Welsh textiles, and Poster art. My favourite movies include anything by Pressburger and Powell favourite music includes Gene Clark, Gram Parsons, and anything form San Francisco 1965-1970. I am a late convert to 'Kraut Rock'.

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