The name or dedication of the church.
This identifies the church type. Most churches are parish churches which means they serve a specific parish or area. Other types such as chapel, daughter and mission are mostly historic designations as many are now also parish churches. Please note that former churches are no longer used for worhsip and may be in private ownership.
A unique identification number given to every church.
The name of the diocese in which the church is located.
The name of the archdeaconry in which the church is located.
This is the legal name of the parish as given by the Church Commissioners.
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There are 3 levels of listing: Grade I, II* & II. The majority of buildings which are of special interest are Grade II. A much smaller number of particularly important buildings are listed as Grade II*. Buildings of exceptional interest (approx 2% of the total number of listed buildings) are Grade I.
Ancient monuments and archaeological remains of national importance are protected by law. Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service is responsible for compiling a schedule (list) of these ancient monuments, some of which can be found in churches and churchyards. Examples can include churchyard crosses and the archaeological remains of previous churches or buildings on the site.
There are three National Parks in Wales: Snowdonia, Pembrokeshire Coast and Brecon Beacons. These protect 20 percent of the land in Wales, including precious landscapes, habitats, villages and heritage sites.
There are over 500 conservation areas in Wales. They are designated by local planning authorities for their special architectural and historic interest.
The Buildings at Risk register is managed by Cadw (the Welsh Government’s historic environment service) in order to identify the number and type of listed buildings at risk in Wales.
It is often extremely difficult to determine a precise date of construction for a church as many have been extensively altered over time. Church Heritage Cymru therefore shows a date range within which a church is believed to have been constructed. The dates are as follows: Early Medieval (pre 1066), Medieval (post 1066 to 1540), Post Medieval (1540 to 1837), Victorian/Pre WWI (1837 to 1914) and Modern (post 1914).
This is a very brief summary of the church's main features. More detailed nformation can be found in the other fields and pages (tabs) in this database.
Useful information is displayed here for people wishing to visit the church. This may include things like opening hours, catering & toilet facilities, parking, etc.
If the church has its own website the details will be displayed here.
Any further sources of information for the church will be listed here (eg. links to other historic databases).
This is the Ordnance Survey (OS) reference for the location of the church. Some locations will be approximate as this data is continuously being refined and updated.
This is the name of the Local Authoirity within which the church is located.
This describes how the church relates to its immediate and wider environment, sometimes called its setting. It describes how the church contributes to its landscape or townscape and how these things collectively contribute to the character of the area.
Manafon on the B4390 lies in the Rhiw valley 11 km north of Newtown, 8 km south of Llanfair Caereinon and 17 km south east of Welshpool via Berriew. It is an area of rolling hills and woodland.
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This is a description of the ground plan of the church.
If known, the dimensions (measurements) of the church ground plan will be displayed here.
If the footrprint (area) of the church is known, it will be displayed here.
A description of the history and archaeology of the church and its site.
A church was first listed here as ‘Ecclesia de Manaon’ and is recorded in the Norwich Taxation of 1254 values at 13s-4d (a Mark) and in the Pope Nicholas Taxation of 1291 with a value of £7-6s-8d. It has a C15 roof and the whole building was much restored in 1859 when the windows were replaced and the vestry added. Further work was undertaken under the direction of John Douglas of Chester. The faculty for the works listed: new heating chamber, replacing the floor with woodblocks, raising the chancel floor and tiling it, reseating the building with much internal furnishings improved and the provision of suspended hespron lamps. Further restoration occurred in 1992 to the west wall.
Three significant literary figures held the living here; Revd Walter Davies (1807-1837) an author and keen supported of the eisteddfodau; Revd William Morgan (1904-19180 poet; and Revd R S Thomas (1942-1954) poet who although born a year before Dylan Thomas out lived him by 47 years. His experience in Manafon greatly influenced his work..
Buildings of Wales – Powys 2013
Cadw Listings Notice
CPAT Montgomeryshire Churches Survey
The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales
A description of the exterior of the church and the main features of the churchyard.
This is a single cell church of nave and chancel with a south porch, north vestry and a square slatted timber bell turret, painted white and surmounted by a pyramidal slate roof and weathercock at the west end. It has been largely built with small to medium blocks of fine-grained greyish shale and sandstone with some pebblestone and evidence of limewash. A two and three light C19 trefoil-headed window is of Grinshill stone. The roof is of slates with black ceramic ridge tiles with sandstone copings and Celtic cross finials at the east gable end.
Information about any noteable architects, artists, people, or events associated with the church.
Information about any important features and building fabric.
If known, a list of the church's major building material/s will be displayed here.
Any renewable energy systems the church is using will be listed here.
This section gives a general description of the interior of the church. Further details of any important internal fixtures and fittings will be listed below.
The church is entered through the porch with tiled floors, plastered walls and a ceiling plastered above short collar beams, exposed rafters and through purlins, A Victorian pointed entrance arch with a heavy planked door having wrought iron fittings provides entry into the nave. This has a red tiled floor with benches on a flush woodblock floor. The bare walls were exposed in the 1898 restoration works. The C15 roof over both nave and chancel is of eight bays formed by nine arch-braced collar trusses with raking struts; two tiers of cusped wind-braces and a planked ceiling behind the rafters. The arch-braces spring from wall plates and there are carved cornices in the chancel of a C19 date.
The fittings largely date from Douglas’ restoration when the woodwork carving was undertaken by H H Martyn &Co (Peter Howell). It would seem that the former box pews were used for dado panelling in the chancel and across the west end. There is a richly carved oak reredos which incorporates a long panel dated 1608, and oak pews with carved bands. The font dates 1859 in Norman style – a birthstone tub – with a chevron frieze with traceried sides and figures. The stained glass: ’The Crucifixion with the Virgin Mary and St John’ Arthur O’Connor dated 1859, ‘Christ in the House of Mary and Martha’ dated 1898. In the vestry re-set into the heads of north and south lancet windows are C15 yellow stained angels.
The tower has one C14 bell, believed to be the earliest of seven remaining medieval bells still in Montgomeryshire
A National Bell Register - George Dawson's Website - Homestead
Information about the church's important internal fixtures and fittings.
Information about the church's important moveable items and artworks.
A description of the ecology of the churchyard.
Information about the presence of bats in the church building or churchyard.
Records whether the church has been consecrated.
Records whether there have been burials in the churchyard.
Records whether the churchyard is still being used for burials.
Records whether there are any war graves in the churchyard.
Any important churchyard structures will be listed here.
Signifiance levels are set at high, medium and low.
Significance defines what is special about a church. This could be architectural, archaeological, historical or liturgical. Here, it describes the relationship of the church to its surrounding area and helps place it within its wider landscape context.
Significance defines what is special about a church. This could be architectural, archaeological, historical or liturgical. Here, it describes the significance of the historic building fabric of the church.
Significance defines what is special about a church. This could be architectural, archaeological, historical or liturgical. Here, it describes the historic significance of the interior of the church.
Significance defines what is special about a church. This could be architectural, archaeological, historical or liturgical. Here, it describes the relationship between the church and its community.