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Church of St Michael

A Grade II* Listed Building in Llanyre, Powys

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Latitude: 52.2693 / 52°16'9"N

Longitude: -3.3999 / 3°23'59"W

OS Eastings: 304568

OS Northings: 264388

OS Grid: SO045643

Mapcode National: GBR 9N.Z5LG

Mapcode Global: VH69F.07Y5

Plus Code: 9C4R7J92+P2

Entry Name: Church of St Michael

Listing Date: 12 December 1952

Last Amended: 15 November 2004

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 8721

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: In a round churchyard on the E side of a minor road approximately 2km N of Llanyre.

County: Powys

Community: Llanyre (LlanllÅ·r)

Community: Llanyre

Locality: Llanfihangel Helygan

Traditional County: Radnorshire

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A medieval church, although the oldest part of the present building is the C16 or C17 roof. The church was partly rebuilt c1812. The E window was added c1854. Box pews and pulpit are said to have been brought from another church in the early C20.


A small parish church comprising nave, chancel and W vestry under a single roof, of rubble stone with brick quoins, and graded stone-tile roof. A square bellcote set back from the W end has weatherboarded sides and pyramidal stone roof. Most openings have wooden lintels. In the S wall the entrance to the nave has a door with narrow Gothic arched panels. To its L is a 9-pane vestry window, in a brick surround. A 2-light chancel S window has diamond-pane glazing. The pointed E window has Y-tracery and small-pane glazing in a brick surround. On the N side is a 2-light chancel window with leaded lights and a similar but larger 3-light nave window incorporating a metal casement.


Nave and chancel have a 5-bay arched-brace roof incorporating cusped windbraces, in 2 tiers on the N side. A stone wall to eaves height divides nave and vestry, which is infilled with lapboarding in the roof space.

The interior is laid out in Georgian style. The panelled pulpit and reading desk are in the centre of the N side of the nave. Wooden box pews have mostly panelled doors, one with raised fields, but other woodwork is partly panelled, partly plain boarding. C19 3-sided altar rails are in early Georgian style and have turned balusters and moulded square posts with ball finials. On the L side of the altar is a cupboard with an iron door. The post-Reformation font has a round bowl and broad stem (although it has also been interpreted as a re-used medieval stoup).

There are several simple wall monuments. In the nave N wall is a polished granite inscription panel to John Davies (killed 1918), and tablet with pediment to Anne Hamer (d 1859). In the chancel E wall, L of the altar, is a diamond tablet to Ann Hamer (d 1841) and to the R of the altar a similar diamond tablet to James Hamer (d 1817). The S wall has a diamond tablet to Thomas Joseph (d 1811), signed W.D. of Builth.

Reasons for Listing

Listed grade II* for its special architectural interest as a small parish church with fine late medieval roof, and notable for its internal plan, retaining the seating arrangements common in churches before the ecclesiological revival of the C19.

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  • II Great House
    Approximately 0.8 km NW of Llanfihangel Heligan, reached by minor road and farm road W of a road between Llanfihangel and Caerfagu.
  • II Caerfagu
    On the W side of a minor road between the A44 and Llanyre, approximately 1.4km ESE of Nantmel village.
  • II* Glan Ithon, including attached farm buildings
    Approximately 2km NE of Llanyre, reached by drive on the SE side of a minor road between Llanyre and Crossgates.
  • II Cow House at Glan Ithon
    Below and to the SW of the main farmstead.
  • II Milestone on A44
    Approximately 1.8km ESE of Nantmel.

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