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DAFYDD AP GWILYM’S ‘THE CLOCK’ AND THE TURRET CLOCK AT LLANTHONY PRIORY

The article re-examines a cywydd by the fourteenth-century poet Dafydd ap Gwilym, which describes a mechanical clock. Using the evidence of archaeology, the article suggests that the description referred to a real clock, the one installed at Llanthony Priory, an Augustinian priory near Brecon and Abergavenny, around the middle of the fourteenth century. This makes it the first known mechanical clock in Wales.

 

 

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