Black Mountains were bandit country for they were, as now, the
border between England and Wales. It was William de Lacy, who
had been caught in a heavy downpour and sheltered there in what
was at first a little chapel at Llanthony, that suggested to his
lord Hugh de Lacy that he may like to assume the patronage of
the little chapel.
When De Lacy gave his patronage to the little church, he endowed
it with land and reorganized it as a priory. News of the the priory's
hospitality soon became well known throughout the country, within
a short period of time it began to enjoy royal patronage.
is said that in the year 1880 the Virgin Mary visited Capel-y-Ffyn
on four occasions. On August 30th at 8.00pm that year a little
boy, out playing in a field, saw a woman with a veil over head
and face approach him. He said a halo covered her in the shape
of an oval. It appeared to bless him, then pass by and enter a
bush after which it disappeared.
Again the bush was
the subject to another disappearance on September 4th, this time
one of the boys out playing in the same field succeeded in summoning
Brother Dunston to witness the event.
September 5th, ' Mary ' again made a brief reappearance in a flickering
final time ' Mary ' appeared was on September 15th, this time
Father Ignatius, in charge of the monastic community, witnessed
the vision himself. It was however in a thunderous rain storm,
and the vision disappeared in the twinkling of an eye.