Welcome to the Father Ignatius Memorial Trust website

The Monastery

The Monastery was founded in 1870 by Fr Ignatius with the aim of restoring monastic life to the Church of England, and it remained in monastic use for over forty years. Eric Gill, the sculptor and typographer, lived there from 1924 to 1928. It has been owned by the Knill family since 1986.

The Pilgrimage

The next Trust Pilgrimage is planned to take place on Saturday August 31st 2024. Background information is given on the Pilgrimage page, and more details will be available in the 2024 Trust Newsletter and on the News page in due course.

The Trust

The Trust’s objectives include the care of Ignatius’ ruined abbey church, and the nearby Wayside Calvary and statue of Our Lady, as places of pilgrimage, prayer and worship. Although the church is is now structurally unsound and unsafe for public entry, it remains a focus of the annual pilgrimage.

The Trust Archive

There is a collection of Father Ignatius Memorial Trust archive material at Abergavenny Museum. We have also made some documents and articles available on the website on the Documents page.

How you can help

We aim to keep the memory of Ignatius alive and to continue the annual Pilgrimage. You are warmly invited to make a donation and to become a Friend of the Father Ignatius Memorial Trust by subscribing to the Trust Newsletter.

(See the Help Us page).


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Father Ignatius of Llanthony

Fr Ignatius OSB (Revd. Joseph Leycester Lyne, 1837-1908) was a prominent figure in the Catholic Revival which swept the 19th century Church of England.  As a young man he resolved to restore to it the monastic life lost at the Reformation, and devoted the rest of his life to this aim.

Learn more

Members of the Tymawr community with oblates and friends including Bishop Cherry of Monmouth made a pilgrimage last week to Llanthony and Capel-y-ffin. Vespers was celebrated at St Mary's church, where we were welcomed by the new priest in charge Fr David Wyatt (on right in photo), who is to preach at our pilgrimage on 31 August. ... See MoreSee Less
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The funeral of Fr Jeremy Dowding will be held at St Mary's Church, Abergavenny, on Saturday 6 January at 11.00am. ... See MoreSee Less
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It is with great sadness that we report the death on Friday night -- feast of the Conception of Our Lady -- of Fr Jeremy Dowding, a long-time member of our board of Trustees. He had been ill for several months, and earlier this year had retired as an active Trustee. We send our condolences and the assurance of our prayers to his wife Diane and their two sons. ... See MoreSee Less
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The Trust needs funding to help care for the Abbey Church, the Wayside Calvary and the statue of Our Lady, to aid production of the Trust Newsletter and to allow the annual Pilgrimage to continue.

To contribute, please see the Help Us page – your subscription &/or donation will be much appreciated.  The Father Ignatius Memorial Trust is a registered charity (Charity Commission Registration Number 253225).