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.
The village lies on the north side of the Bechan Brook 17 km south west of Welshpool via Berriew and 8 km north east of Newtown along the B4568.
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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.
This is C6 church in origin founded by St Beuno and the location and shape of the churchyard certainly indicate this as likely. The church and rectory were recorded in the Norwich taxation of 1254 and in the Lincoln Taxation of 1291 it had a value of £5. The church once belonged to Llanllugan Nunnery and between 1254 and 1272 it was one of the churches appropriated by Strata Marcella. During the C14 there was some rebuilding and the present tower can be dated to the 1520s. Further work occurred in C18 but the carving as a result was gone by C19. The nave was rebuilt in1868 by W Eden Nesfield in the Perpendicular style at a cost of £1102 when underfloor heating was installed and the western arch of the tower was opened up. The only pre-Reformation brass in Montgomeryshire is in this church dated 1531 it is dedicated to Revd John ap Meredyth and shows a tonsurered figure in mass vestments holding a chalice and wafer.
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CPAT Montgomeryshire Churches Survey
Cadw Listings Notice
A description of the exterior of the church and the main features of the churchyard.
A nave and chancel in a single unit with a west tower and north porch cum vestry. The entrance is through the double doors in the tower. The church is build from small to medium sized greyish-brown sedimentary stone with some material probably reused. The apertures are dressed in yellow sandstone and the body of the church is finished with sandstone quoins. The roof slates with black ceramic ridge tiles with a cross finial to the chancel. The tower is documented to 1520s with a two-stage wooden belfry 9
(said to be the finest in Montgomeryshire) of vertical studs and louvered boards beneath a slated pyramidal roof with a weathervane on top.
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 tower has a flagged floor with high ceilings and exposed beams. A wooden stairway of considerable age leads from the first floor of the tower to the belfry. A ladder provides access to the first floor. The nave and sanctuary have Victorian tiles with plastered and painted walls and a C19 roof of nine bays with arch-braced collar trusses, raking struts and additional short collars above. The bracing rests on corbel blocks probably wood but painted. There are two rows of quatrefoil windbraces with wood panelling behind and wooden pegs in the purlins.
Four steps lead into the chancel with inscriptions on the risers. There is a further step into the sanctuary. In the north wall is a pipe organ. There is a shafted ashlar pulpit brought in 1952 from Hawarden church and a reredos carved from Caen stone of white figures of the crucifixion and the Evangelists against coloured marble patterned stencil work of foliage and lettering in the Arts and Crafts style, dated 1871. The stained glass: Wailes ‘Ascension’ c1868, a small early C15 ‘Nativity and Crucifixion’ and later figures all continental.
There are three bells in the tower, one byb Thomas II Mears dated 1830 and two by W+T Clibury dated 1630.
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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.