Bibliography

General and County Histories referring to Strata Florida

MEYRICK, S.R. The history and antiquities of the county of Cardigan, collected from the few remaining documents which have escaped the ravages of time, as well as from actual observation. London, Longman, 1810. (Reprinted 1907 and 2002). Pp 243-9. Ystrad Fflur

O'SULLIVAN, J.F. Cistercian settlements in Wales and Monmouthshire, 1140-1540.
New York, Declan X Mcmullen, 1947. Strata Florida p 11

WILLIAMS, D.H. Atlas of Cistercian lands in Wales. Cardiff, University of Wales press, 1990.

WILLIAMS, D.H. The Cistercians in Wales, some aspects of their economy. Archaeologia Cambrensis, 1965, Vol.114, pp 2-47.

WILLIAMS, D.H. The Welsh Cistercians. Caldy, Cyhoeddiadau Sisteriaidd, 1983. 2 volumes.

WILLIAMS, D.H. The Welsh Cistercians. Leominster, Gracewing, 2001.

The Abbey: Academic and antiquarian publication

AMIGUS 1887-8. An old Welsh sanctuary. University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. Reports, 1887-8, No 10, pp 145-57.

Anon 1847, Cambrian Archaeological Association visit to Strata Florida, September
1847. Archaeologia Cambrensis, 1847, Vol.2, pp 361-2.

Anon 1897, Cambrian Archaeological Association visit to Llanwnnws and Strata Florida. Archaeologia Cambrensis, 1897, Vol.14, Fifth ser, pp 156-9.

Anon 1848 Monks of Strata Florida granted weir. Archaeologia Cambrensis, 1848, Vol.3, p 208.

Anon 1888a, Strata Florida. Archaeologia Cambrensis, 1888, Vol.5, Fifth ser, p 178. [Appeal for subscriptions.]

Anon 1888b, Excursion to Strata Florida, August 20th, 1888. Archaeologia Cambrensis, 1888, Vol.5, Fifth ser, pp 430-2. [When the ruins were formally handed over from CAA to a local committee.]

Anon 1903, Wooden figure found at Strata Florida, Cardiganshire. Archaeologia Cambrensis, 1903, Vol.3, Sixth ser, pp 284-5. Possibly of North American origin. Photograph

Anon 1914, ‘First county gathering at Strata Florida’, Cardiganshire Antiquarian Society Transactions 1, 1-7

Anon 1914, ‘Second county gathering at Strata Florida Abbey’, Cardiganshire Antiquarian Society Transactions, 1, 8-11

Anon 1921-3, Bronze bowl with upwards of 16 Roman coins. Bulletin Board of Celtic Studies, Vol.1, p 346.

Anon 1946, CAA Excursion to Strata Florida. Archaeologia Cambrensis, 1946, Vol.99, pp 142-8. [Speakers: T.Jones Pierce and A.J.Taylor. Includes a plan of the church.

Bowen, E. G. 1950, ‘The monastic economy of the Cistercians at Strata Florida’, Ceredigion, 1, 34-37

DAVIES, E.J. and MORGAN-JONES, W.M. The history of Strata Florida. Cardiganshire Antiquarian Society, Transactions, 1909, Vol.1(1), pp 8-11. [First county gathering of the Society]

Davies, J. C. 1946, ‘A papal bull of privileges to the Abbey of Ystrad Flur’, National Library of Wales Journal, 4, 197-203

Davies, J. R. 1958, ‘Lon Lacs’, Ceredigion, 3, 243

Davies, R.I. 1936, ‘Old roads in the parish of Caron’, Transactions of Cardiganshire Antiquarian Society, 10, 21-22

Davies, T.I. 1958, ‘The Vale of Aeron in the making’, Ceredigion, 3

GREEN, E.T. The architecture of Strata Florida. Cardiganshire Antiquarian Society, 1909, Vol.1(1), pp 4-7.

GREEN, E.T. Medieval buildings in Cardiganshire. In Aberystwyth and district, N.U.T. conference guide 1911. Aberystwyth, S.V.Galloway, 1911. Strata Florida pp 123-9.

GRIFFITH, D. Hanes y Mynachlogydd a adeiladwyd yn Nghymru o'r flwyddyn 1080 hyd 1282: ac hefyd eu diddymiad dan deyrnasiad Harri VIII. Dolgellau, Hughes bros, n.d. [History of abbeys built in Wales between 1080 and 1282: and also their dissolution during
the reign of Henry VIII]

HERRING, H.H. Relics of Strata Florida. Cardiganshire Antiquarian Society, Transactions, 1914, Vol.1(4), p 63. [Beams found at Crosswood House are thought to be from Strata Florida. Illustration of inscriptions]

HUGHES, H.H. Cambrian Archaeological Association visit to Lampeter including Strata Florida and Ystrad Church. Archaeologia Cambrensis, 1931, Vol.86, pp 383-6 and 397-8.
[Illustration of cup cover and paten from church]

JAMES, E.L. and M.A. 2996, Beddargraffiadau a mynegion. XVIII Plwyfi Tregaron ac Ystrad Fflur / Monumental inscriptions with indexes XVIII Parishes of Tregaron and Strata Florida. Aberystwyth

Jones, E. D. 1965/6, ‘Bibliographica et bibliographica: a form of indulgence issued by the abbey of Strata Florida’, National Library of Wales Journal, 14, 246-247

Jones. E.D. 1950, ‘Inscribed slates from Strata Florida’, Ceredigion, 1, 103-105

JONES, E.D. Ysgriflechi Cymraeg Ystrad Fflur. Llen Cymru, 1950, Cyf.1(1) tud 1-6.

Jones, R.O. 1936, ‘Recent excavations at Strata Florida’, Cardiganshire Antiquarian Society Transactions, 11, 23-27

Jones, R.O. 1931, ‘Strata Florida Abbey’, Cardiganshire Antiquarian Society Transactions, 8, 25-37

KERSLADE, F.C. Visit to the Cistercian Abbey of Strata Florida. Neath Antiquarian Society, Transactions, Vol.5, pp 57-9.

LLOYD, H.W. Interment in a religious habit (letter to the editor). Archaeologia Cambrensis, 1848, Vol.3, p 272.

LLOYD, T.R. CAA Excursion to Strata Florida. Archaeologia Cambrensis, 1878, Vol.9, Fourth ser, pp 347-8. [Brief history with some comments on the architectural features, including the parish church.]

LLOYD, J.F. The history of Strata Florida. Cardiganshire Antiquarian Society, Transactions, 1909, Vol.1(1), pp 2-4.

LLWYD, A. 1848, 'Burials at Strata Florida (Letter)'. Archaeologia Cambrensis, 3, 372-3.

MEMORIAL to Dafydd ap Gwilym at Strata Florida. Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion, 1949-51, pp 38-43. [The unveiling of a memorial plaque by R.L.Gapper, erected by the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion.]

Monastic Wales website, Strata Florida page

MORGAN-JONES, W.M. Strata Florida. Cardiganshire Antiquarian Society, Transactions, 1909, Vol.1(1), pp 10-11.

MORRIS, E.B. Pererindod i Ystrad Fflur. Cymru, 1901, Cyf.20, tud 229-36. [Pilgrimage to Strata Florida].

OWEN, E. The Montgomeryshire possessions of the abbey of Strata Florida. Bye-Gones, 1893, Vol.2, 2nd ser, p 143. [Donation by Meredydd ap Rotpert (d.1244)]

OWEN, E. Mynachlog Ystrad Fflur. Y Genhinen, 1889, Cyf.7, tud 108-16. [Monastery of Strata Florida]. With a plan of the church by S.W.Williams

PARRY-WILLIAMS, T.H. Memorial to Dafydd ap Gwilym at Strata Florida. Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion, Transactions, 1949-51, pp 38-43.

Pierce, T. Jones 1950, ‘Strata Florida Abbey’, Ceredigion, 1, 18-33

Powell, S.M. 1931 ‘Pilgrim routes to Strata Florida’, Cardiganshire Antiquarian Society Transactions, 8, 9-24

R.W.B. The Grange of Cwmtoyddwr. Archaeologia Cambrensis, 1880, Vol.11, Fourth ser, pp 30-50. Grange was one of the possessions of Strata Florida.

RADFORD, C.A.R. Strata Florida Abbey, Cardiganshire. (Ancient monuments and historic buildings). London, H.M.S.O., 1936. [Subsequent editions published up to 1949.]

RANDOLPH, J.A. Welsh abbeys. Carmarthen, W.A.Spurrell, 1905. [Strata Florida pp 30-1]

REES, T.M. Mynachdai Cymru.Newport, Southall, 1910. [The monasteries of Wales] Strata Florida pp 20-9.

ROBERTS, G. Strata Florida Abbey. Archaeologia Cambrensis,1848, Vol.3, pp 110-36.

ROBINSON, D.M. and PLATT, C. Strata Florida Abbey / Talley Abbey. Cardiff, CADW, Welsh historical monuments, 1992. [Subsequent editions up to 2012]

ROBINSON, G.E. [Comment on article by Willis-Bund]. Archaeologia Cambrensis, 1889, Vol.6, Fifth ser, pp 92-3.

RUSSELL, C.M. An analysis and calender of an account of the receiver of the King's revenues of property formerly in the possession of Strata Florida, 1546-
1547. M.Sc (Econ) thesis. University of Wales, Aberystwyth, 1998.

SMITH, J.B. and THOMAS, W.G. Abaty Ystrad Fflur, Dyfed. London, H.M.S.O., 1977.

SMITH, T. Strata Florida [Archaeological notes and queries]. Archaeologia Cambrensis,1890, Vol.7, Fifth ser, p 159. [Note from the artist responsible for the drawings in S.W.Williams' reports.]

SMITH, W.G. Human frontal bone from Strata Florida. Archaeologia Cambrensis, 1896, Vol.13, Fifth ser, pp 94-7. [Possibly Neanderthal]

STRATA Florida Abbey / Abaty Ystrad Fflur. Llanerch, Felinfach, Lampeter, 1989.

Williams, D.H. 2010, 'The Cistercians in West Wales II: Ceredigion', Archaeologia Cambrensis 159, 241-286.

WILLIAMS, S.W. The Cistercian Abbey of Strata Marcella, Montgomeryshire. Archaeologia Cambrensis, 1892, Vol.9, Fifth ser, pp 1-17. [Numerous points of comparison with Strata Florida.]

WILLIAMS, S.W. Strata Florida. Archaeologia Cambrensis, 1890, Vol.7, Fifth ser, pp 242-3.

WILLIAMS, S.W. [Tile pavements at] Strata Florida Abbey. Archaeologia Cambrensis, 1889, Vol.6, Fifth ser, pp 266-7.

WILLIAMS, S.W. Tile-pavements at Strata Florida. Archaeologia Cambrensis, 1891, Vol.8, Fifth ser, pp 303-5.

WILLIAMS, S.W. "Who was the founder of Strata Florida?" Archaeologia Cambrensis, 1889, Vol.6, Fifth ser, pp 19-23.

WILLIS-BUND, J.W. Who was the founder of Strata Florida? Archaeologia Cambrensis, 1889,Vol.6, Fifth ser, pp 5-18.

WILLIS-BUND, J.W. "Who founded Strata Florida Abbey"? Bye-Gones, 1888, Vol.9, pp 176-7.

WYLIE, J.H. Strata Florida. Archaeologia Cambrensis, 1888, Vol.5, Fifth ser, pp 172-3.

Manuscripts, Documents and Seals

**** 1964, ‘Ex Annalibus Meneviae et Strata Florida [1107-1275, 1214-1260]’ in Monumenta Germaniae Historica Scriptorum. Hanover: 1885. Reprinted: New York: Kraus Reprint; Stuttgart: Anton Hiersemann, 27, 442-444

Anon 1901-2, Charter note. Bye-Gones, 1901-2, p 338.

BIRCH, W.de G. On some mss and seals relating to Wales in the British Museum (Matrix of seal of Strata Florida). Archaeologia Cambrensis, 1889, Vol.6, Fifth ser, pp 279-80.

CALENDAR of Patent Rolls preserved in the Public Record Office, Henry VI,
1422-1429. [Includes full Charter of Strata Florida (1198), granted by Conan ap Mereddeth ap Owen.]

DAVIES, J.C. A papal bull of privileges to the Abbey of Ystrad Fflur [original document].
National Library of Wales, Journal, 1945-6, Vol.4, pp 197-203. [In 'Liber Epistolaris' of Richard de Bury c.1400]

Morris, E. R. 1876, ‘Reliquiae monasticae II – the Grange of Gelynog’, Collections Historical and Archaeological Relating to Montgomeryshire, 4, 306-314.

OWEN, E. Original document relating to Strata Florida. Archaeologia Cambrensis, 1889, Vol.6, Fifth ser, pp 93-5. [From Land Revenue Record Office, and is probably the first lease of the Abbey lands granted after their lapse to the Crown. Latin text. n.d.]

ROBERTS, A. Documents relating to Wales at H.M. Public Record Office. Archaeologia Cambrensis, 1889, Vol.6, Fifth ser, p 300. [Suppression papers of the time of Henry VIII relating to . . . Strata Florida]

ROBERTS, G. Documents and charters connected with the history of Strata Florida Abbey.
Archaeologia Cambrensis, 1848, Vol.3, pp 110-3, 191-213 and 372-3.

ROBERTS, G. Strata Florida Abbey, Cardiganshire; its foundation, history and fortunes together with charters and documents connected with it. London, Pickering, Aberystwyth, J.Cox, 1848. [Reprint of articles published in Archaeologia Cambrensis in 1848.
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Thorpe, L. 1978, Gerald of Wales, Harmondsworth: Penguin, 79, 253

Williams, D.H. 2003, ‘The seals of Strata Florida Abbey’, Ceredigion, 14, 1-6

Archaeological Work and Workers at Strata Florida

Anon 1888, [Strata Florida] Notes and queries. Y Cymmrodor, 1888, Vol.9, p 198.
Some details of excavations and an appeal for funds.

Anon 1909-10 Strata Florida Abbey. Carmarthenshire Antiquarian Society, Transactions. 1909-10, Vol.5, pp 29-30. [Meeting held to discuss further excavations.]

D.R.T. Obituary - Stephen W. Williams. Archaeologia Cambrensis, 1900, Vol.17, Fifth series, pp 165-68. Includes a portrait and list of his contributions to Archaeologia Cambrensis.

HUGHES, A.J. Strata Florida [appeal for funds to protect the excavations] Archaeologia Cambrensis, 1889, Vol.6, Fifth ser, p 272.

JONES, R.O. Recent excavations at Strata Florida. Cardiganshire Antiquarian Society, Transactions, 1936, Vol.11, pp 23-7. [Revealing the church and other buildings.]

WILLIAMS, D.H. The exploration and excavation of Cistercian sites in Wales. Archaeologia Cambrensis, 1995, Vol.144, pp 1-25. [Strata Florida pp 3, 7-8, 13 and 16. Short biography of S.W.Williams (pp 5-8) outlining his role in the excavation.]

WILLIAMS, D.H. An appreciation of the life and work of Stephen William Williams [1837-1899]. Montgomery Collections, 1992, Vol.80, pp 55-88.

WILLIAMS, S.W. Report on excavations at Strata Florida Abbey, Cardiganshire.
Archaeologia Cambrensis, 1887, Vol.4, Fifth ser, pp 290-9. [Also on p 344 a discussion on the effect of the fire of 1280. Buck print of the house and plan of church.]

WILLIAMS, S.W. Report on the excavations in the abbey of Strata Florida. Archaeologia Cambrensis, 1888, Vol.5, Fifth ser, p 257, 262-4. [Second year of work.]

WILLIAMS, S.W. Further excavations at Strata Florida Abbey. Archaeologia Cambrensis, 1888, Vol.5, Fifth ser, pp 405-6. [Report given at Cowbridge meeting.]

WILLIAMS, S.W. The excavations and discoveries at Strata Florida Abbey. Bye-Gones, 1888, Vol.9, pp 153-60. [Reprint from Cymmrodorion Lecture session 1887-8.]

WILLIAMS, S.W. Further excavations at Strata Florida Abbey. Bye-Gones, 1888, Vol.9, p 176.

WILLIAMS, S.W. [Letters in the Cambrian News concerning further excavations], Bye-Gones, 1888, Vol.9,August 1 and 22, pp 153-60, 176 and 296.

WILLIAMS, S.W. On further excavations at Strata Florida. Archaeologia Cambrensis, 1889, Vol.6, Fifth ser, pp 24-58, 187-8. [pp 48-58 are transcripts of various rolls and documents, pp 187-8 are plates of various architectural features.]

WILLIAMS, S.W. Strata Florida Abbey. Archaeologia Cambrensis, 1889, Vol.6, Fifth ser, pp 188-9. [Proposal of work required to complete the excavations.]

WILLIAMS, S.W. [Details of funds raised by subscription towards the excavations].
Archaeologia Cambrensis, 1890, Vol.7, Fifth ser, pp 154-5.

WILLIAMS, S.W. The Cistercian Abbey of Strata Florida, account of the excavations and architectural description of the abbey. London, Whiting, Aberystwyth, J.E.J.Lloyd, 1889.

WILLIAMS, S.W. The Cistercian Abbey of Strata Florida. Bye-Gones, 1889, Vol.1, 2nd ser, pp 138-9. [Background to the excavations by SWW and an account of the Nanteos cup by the Bishop of St Davids made at a meeting of the Cambrian Archaeological Society]

WILLIAMS, S.W. The Cistercian Abbey of Strata Florida: its history and an account of the recent excavations made on its site. London, Whiting, 1889.

WILLIAMS, S.W. [Review] The Cistercian Abbey of Strata Florida ... London, 1889.
Archaeologia Cambrensis, 1890, Vol.7, Fifth ser, pp 28-31. [The review also contains details of a controversy surrounding the excavations of the Abbey with a reply on pp 242-3.]

WILLIAMS, S.W. Strata Florida: report upon further excavations, June 1890. Archaeologia Cambrensis, 1890, Vol.7, Fifth ser, pp 253-6.

WILLIAMS, S.W. [Further report on excavations at Strata Florida]. Bye-gones, 1890, Vol.1, Second ser, p 419. [Account of work on the cloister.]

WILLIAMS, S.W. Excavations of the Cistercian Abbey at Strata Florida. Cardiff Naturalists' Society, Report and Transactions, 1889, Vol.21, pp 3-7. [Abstract of a lecture to the Society]

The Abbey: tourist literatures and popular publication

A DESCRIPTIVE account of the Devil's Bridge, Hafod, Strata Florida Abbey
and other scenery in that district of Cardiganshire. Gloucester, pr. D.Walker,1796.

DAVEY, E.F. Poet of the golden summer [Dafydd ap Gwilym]. Country Quest, 1966, Vol.7(1), pp 34-5.

DOPSON, L. The story of Strata Florida . . . and the Welsh Westminster
Abbey. Country Quest, 2006, January, pp 26-7.

History since the coming of the railway in 1866. Coloured photographs. HUW ac Olwen. (bywyd gwledig 19 ganrif). Yr Haul, 1943, tud 45-7, 76-9. [Huw and Olwen (rural life in the 19th century)]

JONES, E.W. Where poets and princes sleep in peace. Country Quest, 1964, Winter, pp 34-6.

JONES, R. Abaty Ystrad Fflur. Dolgellau, Dydd, n.d.MORRIS, E.B. Ystrad Fflur. Cymru, 1907, Cyf.32, tud 84-90. [Welsh text]

NODIADAU hynafiaethol: Ystrad Fflur. Yr Haul, 1861, Cyf.5, tud 111. [Antiquarian notes: Ystrad Fflur]

WHITELEY, S. Hidden jewel: the heritage of Strata Florida Abbey. Country Quest, 2000, July, pp 10-1. History and photographs.

Post-medieval

Davison, C. 2000 'A puzzle picture at Abbey House, Strata Florida, Ceredigion', Archaeologia Cambrensis 149.

GREEN, F. Stedman of Strata Florida. West Wales Historical Society, Transactions, 1919-20, Vol.8, pp 89-102. [16th century up to 1778.]

H.R.O.S. The Stedman family. Bye-Gones, 1899, Vol.6, Second ser, pp 401-2 and 1899, p 427 by E.P.

LLOYD-JOHNES, H. 1954, Lesser country houses of Cardiganshire. 4. Strata Florida. Ceredigion, 1954, Vol.2(3), pp 172-3.

MARTIN, S.A. 2005, The Valuation Office Property Survey, 1910-1915 (also known as the Lloyd George Survey) for Tregaron and Strata Florida. Cardiganshire Family History Society Journal, 2005, Vol.4, No 3, p 64. (The author has transcribed the survey and a copy has been deposited in Ceredigion Archives.)

MASON, K. A list of documentary sources available in Aberystwyth for the history of the parish of Strata Florida, Ceredigion. Parish projects: postgraduate course in Archive Administration (U.W.A.) n.d. Available in Ceredigion Record Office.

MORGAN, G. Women's wills in West Wales, 1600-1750. Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion, Transactions, 1992, pp 95-114. Margaret Stedman of Strata Florida (1617).

NICHOLAS, T. Annals and antiquities of the counties and county families of Wales. Cardiganshire, Vol.1. London, Longmans, Green, Reader, 1872. [Strata Florida pp 162-4. Stedman family p 168.]

PORTER, E.T. The Olivers of Cardiganshire, 1778-1993, their descendants in Wales, England and North America and some of their related Welsh families. U.S.A., Privately printed, 1993.

PORTER, E.T. The Olivers of Cardiganshire. Cardiganshire Family History Society Journal, 1997, Vol.1(4), pp 77-9.

PRICE, R.D.G. Health - II. The Red Dragon, 1884, Vol.6, pp 356-9. [Description of the country around Pontrhydfendigaid. Discusses the possibility of the lakes and valleys as a water supply for London.]

WILLIAMS, S.W. An ancient Welsh farmhouse near Strata Florida. Archaeologia Cambrensis, 1899, Vol.16, Fifth ser, pp 320-5. Between Pontrhydfendigaid and Strata Florida. With drawings by Worthington Smith.

Roads

The Cistercian Way website

CONDRY, W. Farewell to the loneliest of roads. Country Life. 1959, Vol.12, pp 826-8

DAVIES, J.R. Lon lacs: the probable route of the monks of Strata Florida to their fishery at Y Goredydd, Aberarth. Ceredigion, 1958, Vol.3(3), p 243.

DAVIES, R.I. Old roads in the parish of Caron. Cardiganshire Antiquarian Society, Transactions, 1936, Vol.11, pp 21-2.

POWELL, S.M. Pilgrim routes to Strata Florida. Cardiganshire Antiquarian Society, Transactions, 1931, Vol.8, pp 9-24.





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