Caldey, Abbey of

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Cistercian house, on Caldey Island, which lies southwest of Tenby, a small town on the Pembrokeshire coast of south Wales. Celtic monks settled this abbey in the 6th century. During the reign of Henry I it became a cell of the abbey of Tironian Benedictines (see tiron, abbey of) then recently founded at Saint Dogmaels, near Cardigan, Wales. In July 1534 Caldey acknowledged the royal supremacy and passed at once to lay ownership. It was purchased in 1906 by a community of Anglican Benedictines, the greater number of whom submitted to Rome in 1913. The trappists bought it in 1928, and the Benedictines moved to Prinknash Park, Gloucestershire.

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