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Christ Church Parish Church

A Grade II Listed Building in Meifod, Powys

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Latitude: 52.7485 / 52°44'54"N

Longitude: -3.2179 / 3°13'4"W

OS Eastings: 317889

OS Northings: 317457

OS Grid: SJ178174

Mapcode National: GBR 6W.ZYN4

Mapcode Global: WH798.J5WS

Plus Code: 9C4RPQXJ+9R

Entry Name: Christ Church Parish Church

Listing Date: 6 August 1991

Last Amended: 26 May 1995

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 8699

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: In the centre of the village, set at the top of a sloping rubble-walled churchyard.

County: Powys

Community: Meifod

Community: Meifod

Locality: Bwlch-y-Cibau

Traditional County: Montgomeryshire

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The parish was consolidated from parts of the adjacent parishes in 1865, and the new church built in 1862-4 to the design of Sir George Gilbert Scott, architect, of London, at the expence of Mrs. Williams of Bryngwyn Hall, and foundation stone being laid and dated November 12th 1862 and consecrated on the 29th October 1863. The cost was รบ1,542. The Williams family also funded the erection of the school and rectory in 1870.


Plain Early English' style; small aisleless church with apsidal E end. Random dolerite rubble construction with buttresses and Cefn freestone dressings; slate roof with cresting and cross finials. Gabled bellcote to W end and gabled S porch with ramped sides pierced by circular windows; chamfered entrance arch with corbelled and roll moulded inner order; Maw & Co. tiled pavement and boarded door. Windows are twinned lancets with chamfered surrounds, the chancel windows distinguished by octagonal central shafts with nailhead capitals. Five lancets to apse; 3 separate lancets to W end linked by string course at sill level; rose windows above. Gable ended vestry to NW appears to be a later addition (brick walled internally); similar, but original, chamber to NE with 2-light window.

Glass: The E window is dedicated to Martin Williams of Bryngwyn, by Wailes (1863 and 1873) and at W, to Barrett Lee, by Powell (1877), designed by J.W.Brown.


Undivided whitewashed interior with plain waggon-type roof to nave and fine radial rafter timber roof to the broad apse. Truncated pilasters to chancel arch; tiled chancel pavement and with glazed tiles forming dado around the sanctuary. Inscription on altar steps and cusped arch detail to altar rails. Polygonal Cefn stone pulpit with Gothic ornament and carving; painted organ case and octagonal font, the gift of Mary Cornwall-Legh, dated 1863. Brass sanctuary lamp and two fine brass candelabra.

Reasons for Listing

Included as a remarkably complete example of a rural Victorian church for a new parish, exhibiting mid C19 patronage by local gentry.

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  • II Sundial in the Churchyard to Christ Church Parish Church
    Located in the churchyard, approximately 3m SE of the church porch.
  • II Lych-Gate to Christ Church Parish Church
    Located at the crossroads at the centre of the village, and the corner of the sloping churchyard.
  • II Drinking Fountain
    Located on the grass verge opposite the Lych Gate of Christ Church parish church.
  • II Ty Rop
    Located on the W side of the minor road from Bwlch-y-cibau to Meifod, set behind a front cottage garden.
  • II* Bryngwyn Hall
    Situated in its own landscaped park, on the northern side of Bwlch-y-cibau.
  • II Stables & Coach House at Bryngwyn Hall
    Bryngwyn Hall is set in its own landscaped gardens on the N side of Bwlch-y-cibau. The stables and coach-house are immediately downhill to the N of the main house.
  • II Bryn-Derwen Lodge
    Located behind the entrance to the driveway to Bryn-derwen Hall.
  • II Ysgubor Coed-Oer-Le
    Located in the floor of the valley of the Brogan, with a slight earthwork agger leading directly to the A.490 at Bryngwyn Cottages, and close to a small moat.

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