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Father Ignatius (the Revd Joseph Leycester Lyne) is remembered for his efforts to restore monastic life to the Church of England, as well as for his considerable success as a mission preacher.


Gladstone regarded him as one of the greatest orators of his day; the atheist Bradlaugh declared Ignatius the only man whose influence he feared upon his followers.

In 1869, having failed to persuade the poet Walter Savage Landor to part with Llanthony Abbey, Ignatius acquired a tract of mountainside above Capel-y-ffin, and began building a monastery.

Loosely based on the ruined priory at Llanthony, it was designed by Charles Buckeridge. Monastic life continued there for forty years, until shortly after Ignatius' death in 1908.

Ignatius travelled widely at home and abroad, notably in North America, attracting vast crowds to his mission services. His motto 'Jesus Only' symbolised his simple, direct message.

Francis Kilvert describes Ignatius in his Diary as "a gentle man of simple manners - a very fine head and brow and entirely possessed by his one ideal."
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