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A re-used grave slab.

THIS beautifully carved 13th-century grave slab has been mutilated and re-used in a chimney breast after Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries closed down Valle Crucis Abbey.

The surviving part of the inscription reads "Here lies Maruret, daughter of ".

It surrounds an area of decoration made up of a vine trail with large stylised leaves and bunches of grapes. Towards the bottom of the stone, the stem is held by an animal's jaws, part of whose foot can be seen.

Lucy will be based at the Summer House Studio in the grounds of Valle Crucis Abbey and visitors can visit her open studio each Thursday and every last Saturday of the month.

Follow her work at and on Twitter using #airvallecrucis. | For details of Valle Crucis Abbey's opening hours, go to or telephone 01978 860326
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 8, 2013
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