Fonds GB 0210 STRAFLO - The Strata Florida slates

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Cod cyfeirnod



The Strata Florida slates


  • [15 cent.] (Creation)

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Maint a chyfrwng

35 items.

Ardal cyd-destun

Hanes archifol

Discovered in 1946 (?and later) by the abbey site's curator Rhys Jones, during excavation and clearing work by the Ministry of Works.


Ministry of Works; Deposit, with the permission of the Representative Body of the Church in Wales; 1950?

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Thirty-five inscribed slates from Strata Florida Abbey, Cardiganshire, dated to the fifteenth century. Many of the slates are broken fragments with the inscriptions consequently often being incomplete; all are irregular in shape. The inscriptions comprise both text, the majority being in Welsh with examples of Latin and English, and pictures, comprising zoomorphic and anthropomorphic forms, geometric shapes and patterns, as well as other indefinite markings. The majority of the slates are inscribed on one face only, with eleven bearing inscriptions on both sides (SF 1, 3, 5-7, 15, 19, 22, 24, 28-29).
The five slates SF 13-14, 23, 25-26 are all broken fragments of one original slab (along with other still missing sections); with the exception of SF 13 the fragments can be joined up into one larger piece. SF 13-14 and 26 contain parts of a single epitaph, incised in large outline letters, which together appear to read: 'Hic ia[cet] ap ... [a]p ll[ywelyn] [mona]chus'. SF 33 and 35 are also two fragments of a single slate.

Gwerthuso, dinistrio ac amserlennu


System o drefniant

Arranged at NLW very broadly as follows: items containing text; items containing little or no text.

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Amodau rheoli mynediad

Amodau rheoli atgynhyrchu

Usual copyright laws apply.

Iaith y deunydd

  • Saesneg
  • Lladin
  • Cymraeg

Sgript o ddeunydd

Nodiadau iaith a sgript

Welsh, Latin, English.

Cyflwr ac anghenion technegol

A few items are fragile, with the slate beginning to split (SF11, SF19).

Cymhorthion chwilio

Ardal deunyddiau perthynol

Bodolaeth a lleoliad y gwreiddiol

Bodolaeth a lleoliad copïau

Unedau o ddisgrifiad cysylltiedig

Two further slates, inscribed with Welsh poetry and foliage, are on display in the visitor centre at Strata Florida. Inscribed slates of a broadly similar date were discovered at the site of the old church in Smarmore, County Louth, Ireland, in 1959 (these are now National Museum of Ireland 1961: 8-56 and 1963: 89-91) and during the excavation of the drain of Paisley Abbey, Renfrewshire, Scotland, in 1991. Some thirty slate tablets dating from the twelfth century or earlier were discovered at the site of Nendrum Monastery, County Down, Northern Ireland (these are now in the Ulster Museum, Belfast).

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Nodyn cyhoeddiad

E. D. Jones, 'Ysgriflechi Cymraeg Ystrad Fflur', in Llên Cymru, 1 (1950), 1-6.

Nodyn cyhoeddiad

E. D. Jones, 'Inscribed Slates from Strata Florida', in Ceredigion, 1 (1950), 103-105.

Ardal nodiadau


Title based on contents of fonds.


Dated on the basis of E. D. Jones's analysis in 'Ysgriflechi Cymraeg Ystrad Fflur', in Llên Cymru, 1 (1950), 1-6.

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Pwyntiau mynediad

Pwyntiau mynediad lleoedd

Pwyntiau mynediad Genre

Ardal rheolaeth disgrifiad

Dynodwr disgrifiad

Dynodwr sefydliad

Rheolau a/neu confensiynau a ddefnyddiwyd

Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH


Lefel manylder disgrifiad

Dyddiadau creadigaeth adolygiad dilead

May 2019.




The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: E. D. Jones, 'Ysgriflechi Cymraeg Ystrad Fflur', in Llên Cymru, 1 (1950), 1-6; E. D. Jones, 'Inscribed Slates from Strata Florida', in Ceredigion, 1 (1950).

Nodyn yr archifydd

Description compiled by Myra Booth-Cockroft and Rhys Jones.

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