Whitland Road, SM5

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Whitland Abbey is a former 12thCentury Cistercian abbey in Carmarthenshire, Wales. At first it was called Albalanda, Latin for White Land. The name is a reference to an early royal palace associated with the site known as Ty Gwyn ar Taf (White House on the River Taf) where Welsh king, Hywel Dda drew up the first Welsh laws in around AD940. The modern town of Whitland took its name from the abbey. The abbey functioned as a Cistercian monastery up until the mid-16thCentury when it was closed under the orders of Henry VIII during the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Like many of the roads on the St Helier’s estate this is named after British monasteries and abbeys in remembrance of the area’s historic ownership by Westminster Abbey. The road names are in alphabetical order, of which Aberconway Road in the north west of the estate is first.

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