The dissolution of Valle Crucis Abbey in 1537 was a pivotal moment in the development of Llangollen.
Until then, the large monastic estates had dominated agriculture in the Vale of Llangollen and Eglwyseg valley for over 300 years.
Farmland became available for development by local families and the buildings themselves were dismantled
and used to build houses in the area. Stones from the abbey have been found in local houses and Llangollen Bridge
and a significant number of buildings survive from this period.
Llangollen continued to develop at a gentle pace through the Tudor and Stuart periods (1485 – 1713).
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