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Church of St Bride

A Grade II Listed Building in Rhayader, Powys

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Latitude: 52.2975 / 52°17'51"N

Longitude: -3.5151 / 3°30'54"W

OS Eastings: 296776

OS Northings: 267678

OS Grid: SN967676

Mapcode National: GBR 9J.X77N

Mapcode Global: VH5CQ.1J22

Plus Code: 9C4R7FXM+2X

Entry Name: Church of St Bride

Listing Date: 31 July 1995

Last Amended: 31 July 1995

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 16194

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: To S of B 4515 Elan Valley road. In large churchyard above River Wye, with early C19 tombstones, and iron gates to road.

County: Powys

Community: Rhayader (Rhaeadr Gwy)

Community: Rhayader

Locality: Llansantffraid-Cwmdeuddwr

Built-Up Area: Rhayader

Traditional County: Radnorshire

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Rebuilt by F R Kempson, architect, consecrated 26 October 1865; on site of old church.


Grey rock-faced stone, bathstone dressings, battered plinth, slate roofs (some replacement slates). Nave, S aisle, porch, W tower with Norman type spire. Alternating head and floral corbels to eaves. Porch has wooden gates, stone benches, trefoil window to each side; to R of doorway, stoup (probably from old church) with 3 primitive heads. S elevation has two 2-light windows, plate tracery. Single lancet to each end of aisle, chancel has one 2-light and one 1-light window. E window of 3-lights plate tracery. Vestry has N door and 2-light window. Nave N wall has three 2-light windows. Tower with Norman type spire has W door, upper stage has 2-light windows then 1-light windows; two buttresses to W side of tower.


Arch-braced roof with floral corbels. South arcade of 4 bays with round shafts and elaborate foliage capitals, Transitional style but with naturalistic detailing. Good stained glass. Stained glass to aisle gables by Morris and Co, and by Stokes; three S windows by O'Connor, 1871. Wooden benches, wooden octagonal pulpit, eagle lectern. Octagonal stone font. Two late C18/early C19 monuments reset on tower wall. Chancel arch with engaged shafts on corbels. Low wall to chancel with fine wrought iron screen (central arch with 3 arches to each side) low gates; flower finials. Oak choir stalls. Stone reredos with Last Supper (by William Forsyth of Worcester); two arches to each side, polychrome marble shafts and inlay.

Reasons for Listing

Included as well-preserved church with fine detailing and fixtures.

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