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St Donats (Welsh: Sain Dunwyd) is a village and community in the Vale of Glamorgan in south Wales, located just west of the small town of Llantwit Major. The community includes the village of Marcross and the hamlets of Monknash and East and West Monkton. It is named after the 6th-century saint, Dunwyd, a friend of Saint Cadoc. It has a population of 686.[2]

St Donats
St.Donat’s Village, Vale of Glamorgan.jpg
St.Donat’s village
St Donats is located in Vale of Glamorgan
St Donats
St Donats
Location within the Vale of Glamorgan
Population732 (2011)[1]
Principal area
Ceremonial county
CountryWales
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLlantwit Major
Postcode districtCF61
Dialling code01446
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Vale of Glamorgan
51°24′21″N 3°31′50″W / 51.4057°N 3.5306°W / 51.4057; -3.5306Coordinates: 51°24′21″N 3°31′50″W / 51.4057°N 3.5306°W / 51.4057; -3.5306

St Donat's church lies in a depression and is unremarkable from the exterior but contains Stradling family monuments in the Stradling chapel. It is a 12th-century Grade I listed building [3] with a Grade I listed medieval cross in the churchyard.[4]

St Donat's Castle, now occupied by Atlantic College

The village is internationally known as the location of the 12th century St Donat's Castle which is now an international boarding school occupied by Atlantic College, the first of seventeen United World Colleges. Within the castle grounds lies St Donat's Arts Centre.

Sea views from the castle

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Community population 2011". Retrieved 10 April 2015.
  2. ^ "Local statistics - Office for National Statistics". www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk.
  3. ^ "Church of St Donat, St Donats". British Listed buildings. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Medieval Cross and associated Slab in the Churchyard of the Church of St Donat, St Donats". British Listed buildings. Retrieved 22 July 2015.

External linksEdit

  Media related to St Donats at Wikimedia Commons