Strata Florida Abbey (2), Ceredigion. Location map
 
  Sunken Well, Strata Florida Abbey, Ceredigion, Wales   Strata Florida Abbey, Ceredigion.

A stairway to Hell? Well, no, it is a 'sunken' well. That is to say a well where the water level is below ground level but not so far that a rope and bucket is needed. Going down the steps gives easy access to the water.

 

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  View of medieval tiles, Powis Castle, Welshpool, Montgomeryshire, Wales   Strata Florida Abbey.

In what would have been the South Transept there are the remains of some chapels with beautiful medieval tiled floors. These 14th century tiles survived whereas most tiles from that period didn't.The tiles were made in England but laid in Wales and only important guests and choir monks were allowed to stand on them.

 

 

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  Fleur de Lis emblem on a medieval tile, Strata Florida Abbey, Ceredigion, Wales, Great Britain   Strata Florida Abbey.

These tiles feature many patterns and designs and common symbols include the fleur de lis which is a reminder of the origins of the Abbey. It was founded by the Norman lord Robert FitzStephen. The fleur de lis is also a link back to the Abbey's mother house in Clairvaux in Burgundy.

 

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  Medieval Tile, Strata Florida Abbey, Ceredigion, Wales   Strata Florida Abbey.

These tiles are now covered by a modern roof to protect them from the elements and this tile seems to have survived particularly well. There is a barrier to prevent visitors walking on the tiles but that won't stop you looking.

 

 

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