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‘THE FINEST MONUMENT HERE IS THE GREAT CROSS OF CONBELIN, AN ELOBORATELY AND EXTENSIVELY DECORATED DISC’
Early Christian sculptured and inscribed stones, dating from the 6th Century, can be seen right across Wales from Pembrokeshire in the far south west to Snowdonia in the north. At Margam visitors can see an outstanding collection from this one corner of the south Wales landscape, all gathered under one roof. Housed in a charming little building which formerly served as a school house, the collection includes examples of Christian memorials from the sub-Roman era right through to the hugely impressive ‘cart wheel’ crosses of the late 10th and 11th centuries. The finest monument here is the great Cross of Conbelin, an elaborately and extensively decorated disc-headed cross of the 10th century. Its inscription reads ‘Conbelin erected this cross for the soul of Ric.’ Other notable exhibits include the 9th century Cross of Einion and a 6th century memorial with both Latin and Irish Ogham inscriptions. The collection also includes a number of grave slabs from the medieval Cistercian abbey at Margam.