Valle Crucis Abbey was founded in 1201 for the Cistercian order of monks and was occupied until 1538 when it was "dissolved" under Henry VIII.
The abbey follows the typical abbey plan, with a cloister attached to the south side of the church. The east range of the cloister has the chapter house and monks' dormitory. The west range contains the store rooms and quarters for the lay monks, and the south range contains the kitchen and dining room.
Valle Crucis ("Valley of the Cross") is named for Elisig's Pillar, a 9th Century Christian memorial cross, located in the valley in Northern Wales.
My reconstruction of Valle Crucis Abbey is about 35 x 30 inches (112 x 96 studs) and is about 17 inches high.
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