The Abbey of Llan Egnerst or Vale Crucis and Castle Dinas Bran
Artist: Sandby, P.
Medium: Aquatint with etching
View of the Valle Crucis Abbey, near Llangollen in North Wales. The abbey takes its name- which means ‘Valley of the cross’- from the ancient cross of Eliseg which is situated nearby. Vale Crucis Abbey was established in 1201 in an isolated location for an order of Cistercian monks. Castle Dinas Bran can be seen at the peak of the hill over looking the abbey below. Dinas Bran translates as ‘Hill of the Crow’ or ‘Fort Raven’ and it is thought that the castle was built by Gruffydd Maelor II in the late 1260s.