Chapels, Churches and Monastic Landscapes of Wales

St Asaph Cathedral

St Asaph Cathedral

Date: June 2011
Creator: Sian Shakespear Associates

The plan provides a framework for interpreting the “history, architecture and landscapes associated with Wales’ Christian beliefs and practises of worship” from 1100 AD onwards. Amongst the sites associated with this storyline range from great cathedrals and abbeys such as Strata Florida, to the huge number of non-conformist chapels which have added to the character of Welsh towns and villages since the 1850’s.

The approach
The plan contains a useful history of the development of places of worship, and highlights the main characters associated with this storyline. It also includes an audit of a sample of sites.

It suggests that interpretation under this storyline should be presented to visitors through a number of packages:

  • Single site – requires on-site interpretation
  • Community based – linked to other places in a village or town via a trail or events etc
  • Multi-site – a more regional approach to linking up sites, with guided tours and/or a leaflet etc.

In all cases it is suggested that detailed interpretation plans are produced for specific sites; that key holders receive some ‘ambassador’ training; and that signage should be in place. It also recommends a number of avenues for providing advice and support. It also recommends a number of avenues for providing advice and support.