A Short History of the shrine:
The shrine of Our Lady, situated here in the heart of the Rhondda Valley, dates back to Medieval times. Originally, Penrhys was part of the estate that belonged to the Cistercians of Llantarnam Abbey. Tradition has it that an image of Our Lady was discovered in an oak tree, and, as news spread, people flocked from all. The image of Our Lady was thought to have been immovable until a shrine Chapel was built, just above the Holy Well. Pilgrims flocked to the shrine for hundreds of years. During the time of the Reformation, the image was taken to London on the orders of Thomas Cromwell. Despite attempts to stop pilgrims making the journey to Our Lady, pilgrims continue to make their way to a quiet, yet important place in our diocese.