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.
Llanfihangel-ar-Arth is 6km east of Llandysul along the B4336 and 4km north of Pencader along the B4459. The church is at the north end of the village in a walled churchyard overlooking the Teifi Valley.
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Cadw Listing Notice
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.
The church has two naves, both medieval, the older one is the north one with the chancel and the south nave was added in C15, the interior arcades appear to be post medieval in character. Restoration took place in the mid C19 and again in 1871 by David Davies of Penrhiwllan when the porch was added and the present windows inserted. There are two inscribed stones in the vestry, one C5/C6 inscribed ‘HIC IACIT VLCAGNVS FIVS SENOMGL’ (Here broadcast Vlcagnvs fivs senomgl) and a tall stone C7-C9 with a incised cross and the stem crossed by three lines and four crosses disposed around the head.
Buildings of Wales – Carmarthen and Ceredigion 2006
Cadw Listings Notice
A description of the exterior of the church and the main features of the churchyard.
A nave with a lower and narrower chancel with a south aisle of equal length to the nave and chancel with a west bellcote and south porch. It was built in Early English style from rubble stone beneath a slate roof with coped gables at the west end. The gabled bellcote projects out on the earlier nave having a corbel table with a segmental opening for the single bell.
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.
A modern plaster ceiling with a low chancel arch. There is a 2-bay nave arcade in C19 style which has an octagonal pier and segmental arches with to orders of chamfer. The 2-bay chancel arcade has a similar 2-bay arcade but with wide elliptical arches. The chapel in the south aisle has been converted into a vestry. The late octagonal medieval font has been whitewashed. Dating from the late C19 are the plain pews and pulpit which has Gothic panels. There is a wooden screen on the south side of the chancel dating from c1900 and the communion rail dates from 1968. The stained glass: ‘The Crucifixion with the Virgin Mary and St John’, 1913; ‘Christ the Good Shepherd’, Glantawe Studios – designed by Colwyn Morris, 2003; ‘The Ascension’ Gabriel Loire of Chartres, 1995, a swirling line across both lights begins as an imprint of feet and ends as the head of Christ, hailed by mortals and angels, more pious than vigorous.
Buildings of Wales – Carmarthen and Ceredigion 2006
Cadw Listings Notice
Stained Glass in Wales
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.