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St Tydfil's Church

A Grade II Listed Building in Town (Y Dref), Merthyr Tydfil

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Latitude: 51.7429 / 51°44'34"N

Longitude: -3.378 / 3°22'40"W

OS Eastings: 304951

OS Northings: 205810

OS Grid: SO049058

Mapcode National: GBR HN.1K01

Mapcode Global: VH6CY.DGJ7

Entry Name: St Tydfil's Church

Listing Date: 11 July 1951

Last Amended: 13 January 1988

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 11449

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: Situated in an enclosed churchyard at S end of High Street close to roundabout on A470 road.

County: Merthyr Tydfil

Community: Town (Y Dref)

Community: Town

Built-Up Area: Merthyr Tydfil

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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On the site of the martyrdom of St Tydfil in fifth century AD. Entire church rebuilt 1895-1901 to designs by J L Pearson, architect of London; C18 lower storeys of tower retained. Church closed for worship 1968.


Burgundian Romanesque style. Plan of apsidal chancel, aisled nave (without clerestory), transept chapels, tall W tower, S porch, NE vestries and priest’s room.

Pale freestone dressings, bull-nosed facings, slate roofs, crucifix finials. Arcaded corbel-table, chevron window heads, roll-moulded sill band. Oculi to transept gables (S traceried), linked hoodmoulds to nave. Gabled S porch with billet cornice, Transitional-style blind arcading, foliage band over arch with nook shafts; boarded doors to shouldered inner opening under blind tympanum. Plain parapet over clock faces and linked bell-openings to 4-stage unbuttressed W tower, circled stair turret in NW angle. Banded quoins, impost bands, tall blind arches survive from Georgian lower stages.


Fine colourwashed interior with groin vaulted chancel and flanking chapels; twin roll-moulded transverse arches, pilaster responds and varied capitals with crockets, waterleaf and acanthus. 4-bay nave with diaphragm arches to flat ceiling, pointed transverse arches to aisles with groin vaults as before.

Furnishings include a medieval octagonal font (under tower); Pearson’s round, panelled pulpit; pelican lectern; good neo-classical wall monuments (from earlier church). Pair of Early Christian carved stones against N wall, one being the famous ring-cross, incised pillar stone of ARTBEU; the other the ANNICIUS stone.

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  • II Ironwork Fountain Canopy
    Set on modern concrete base in open ground immediately S of St Tydfil’s churchyard. Formerly located in centre of road further S, close to site of modern roundabout.
  • II Crown Inn
    Towards the S end of High Street where road narrows.
  • II The Court House
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  • II High Street Baptist Church
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  • II Barclay's Bank
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  • II No.6 Coedcae'r Court,twynyrodyn,,,,,mid Glamorgan,
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