The Celtic Stones in the collection at Llanilltud are important. They are virtually all that remains of the monastic Christian community that lived here a thousand years ago.

Largely commissioned by and for the region’s kings, noblemen and abbots, they were effectively ‘expensive and conspicuous gifts to the monastery’. However, they are more than just memorials with royal connections. They are symbols and reminders of the continuous Christian worship that has taken place here at Llanilltud for over 1500 years, and each one has its own story to tell.

There are five Stones in the Llanilltud collection.

  • The Houelt Cross
  • The Samson Cross or Illtud Cross
  • The Samson Pillar
  • A Cylindrical Pillar
  • The shaft of a Pillar Cross
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The Celtic Stones in the collection at Llanilltud, now displayed in the refurbished Galilee Chapel.

The Stones – ‘Expensive and conspicuous gifts to the monastery’