next I found my way to the manorial bounds of miskin. again, quarrying was the big source of wealth here. here there's the ruin of allt-y-gawrddu, an amazing medieval courtyard house which was ruined by 1530. it was always said there was a 6th c monastery here but no evidence for that has ever been found.
beyond that I got my head spun when entering the bounds of talygarn. it really got my mind going. big manorial complex with the big house & church and every thing you'd expect from a lordship. this kind of place is exactly everything I want from a walk because you can very clearly find the origins of the estate in this round enclosure. SO a church in a round enclosure means ancient. in Wales though, the place usually comes with a 'llan' name (the-church-of-so-and-so) etc but not talygarn!!
one theory is that the round enclosure was the chief iron age round house, which then became a romanised villa, which then was christianised BEFORE the 6th c ' age of the saints' when monks would evangelise 2 rural pagan big men & their estates hence the abundance of 'llan-places" in literally every single significant estate/villa/farm in Wales.
this is the church in question . it's a tiny chapel which was rebuilt in the 17th c and long ruined by the 19th when a new church was built right next to it when talygarn was remodelled. Its dedicated to st anne. the track that leads out of it is *ancient as fuck* and takes you to the confluence of a major brook & the river ely.
at this point I got onto the ely and walked my nettle ravaged legs all the way back to Cardiff.
@knownrobes i enjoy these journeys of yourn
@knownrobes this is all wonderful, thank you for sharing
@knownrobes sounds like it was a great walk. I love you bringing in the history to your walks.
@knownrobes I can totally see that theory working. The Welsh/Celts were Xian before the Saxons and when the Saxons did start going Xian , they (i.e. St Augustine in 597) were annoyed to find the Welsh were already Xian but were 'doing it wrong'.
@knownrobes this picture whispers things to me
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