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Church of St. Gwendoline

A Grade II Listed Building in Bronllys, Powys

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Latitude: 52.0337 / 52°2'1"N

Longitude: -3.2647 / 3°15'52"W

OS Eastings: 313337

OS Northings: 238008

OS Grid: SO133380

Mapcode National: GBR YV.G2TF

Mapcode Global: VH6BN.C4FT

Plus Code: 9C4R2PMP+F4

Entry Name: Church of St. Gwendoline

Listing Date: 15 December 1995

Last Amended: 15 December 1995

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 16693

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: Located immediately NE of the centre of the village, approximately 60m from the A.470.

County: Powys

Community: Bronllys

Community: Bronllys

Locality: Llyswen

Traditional County: Brecknockshire

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History: The church is set in an oval churchyard, and is probably of early origin, although the early site, in Llangoed Park, was given to the See of Llandaf in c.560. The present structure, the original dedication of which is unknown, is largely the result of the extensive rebuilding of a small 2-cell Norman and C15 church by Charles Buckeridge in 1862-3 at the cost of £997.9s. The nave was lengthened and the tower added to replace the earlier saddle-back bellcote. The stone S porch was also replaced with the present timber framed structure.
Exterior: Squared sandstone rubble with a tiled roof (replacing stone in 1964). Pyramidal stone slate roof on tower. Two cells, nave and chancel, with W tower and open timber framed S porch. Two light windows with plate tracery and cinquefoils in spandrels under hood mould. Chamfered lancets to chancel, triple at E end. Larger lancets to tower with a 2-light W window. Coped gables to nave and chancel, each carrying a stone cross.
Interior: Walls plastered. Trussed rafter roof. Plain pointed chancel arch as wide as the chancel, which has a similar but lower trussed roof forming a barrel. Three tiled steps to altar at E end. Tower arch of 1 chamfered order springing from imposts.
Fittings: Font C12, a heavy hemi-spherical bowl set on a low stone column and base. Pulpit, limestone, set on N side, C19 and semi-circular, the top drum with incuse devices. Sanctuary rail on iron stanchions. Wooden altar. Pews C19.
Glass: War memorial E window. Figures in N and S lancets, a gift by Mrs Christie of Llangoed Hall, by C.Edwards c.1946-70. Single bell in tower of 1666.
Included as a modest C19 church with medieval origins, picturesquely set in relation to the village.
Reference: Haslam, R. 'Buildings of Wales' Powys (1979), 357.

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