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Church of St Deiniol

A Grade II Listed Building in Llanrhystyd (Llanrhystud), Ceredigion

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Latitude: 52.3284 / 52°19'42"N

Longitude: -4.1138 / 4°6'49"W

OS Eastings: 256048

OS Northings: 272139

OS Grid: SN560721

Mapcode National: GBR 8Q.VHQ5

Mapcode Global: VH4FQ.NQ1X

Plus Code: 9C4Q8VHP+9F

Entry Name: Church of St Deiniol

Listing Date: 21 January 1964

Last Amended: 9 August 1996

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 17135

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: Situated prominently above Llanddeiniol village, some 600m E of A 487, on W side of Carrog valley.

County: Ceredigion

Town: Llanrhystyd

Community: Llanrhystyd (Llanrhystud)

Community: Llanrhystyd

Locality: Llanddeiniol

Traditional County: Cardiganshire

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1832-5 by George Clinton of Aberystwyth; much remodelled in 1883 by Middleton and Son of Cheltenham for £895, R Williams & Son builders. 1832-5 church had short chancel, three Tudor-arched nave windows and clasped W tower. The 1883 remodelling provided the nave windows and roof (to higher pitch), tower W door and W window, and a big rounded apse raised on a basement bier-house. This work was paid for by the Rev W H Sinnett of Carrog house.


Squared rubble stone, ashlar dressings and slate roofs with red terracotta ridges. Nave roof with coped gables and E cross-finial. W tower, nave and round-apsed chancel. Tower partly clasped by nave W end. Plain square stage up to nave ridge height then slightly setback bell-stage with chamfered pointed opening each side and corbelled shelf under battlements. Ashlar W door with cusped head and hoodmould. Lancet nave windows with cusped heads and hoodmoulds, one each side at W end and paired to long sides. Apse has high battered undercroft with shoulder-headed E door, then set-back walling with ashlar sill and eaves courses. Five windows to curved apse with extra light in straight S side; ogee-headed cusped main lights with 3 foiled circles over.


Ashlar chancel arch on corbelled shafts and ashlar rear arches to windows. Tower projects into nave with cusped door. The ringing-floor has evidence that it was open on 3 sides, perhaps part of a gallery, and small Gothic-panelled cast-iron piers are deeply inset into E face. Tower N and S doors with decorative stained glass and Gothic vestry screen with similar Arts and Crafts glazing. Nave has fine 7-sided panelled roof; chancel with wood-ribbed curved roof and ashlar wall recess to S. Three stained-glass windows of 1883 by Clayton & Bell; marble plaques to the Rev I Griffith (d 1839) and various members of the Richards family.

Reasons for Listing

Included for its special architectural interest, particularly the prominent apse above the village, where there are several other listed items.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Aberffrwd
    Situated just below and to E of Llanddeiniol Church, attached to Church Hall
  • II Church Hall
    Situated just below and to the E of Llanddeiniol Church, attached to Aberffrwd.
  • II Bridge to NE of Aberffrwd
    Situated just NE of Aberffrwd at end of disused S drive to Carrog.
  • II Carrog
    Situated some 400m NE of Llandeniol Church, but reached via lane running SE from A 487 from junction about 1 Km N of turning to Llanddeiniol
  • II Milestone on A 487
    Situated on W side just opposite turning to Llanddeiniol
  • II Milestone near Y Meini
    Situated on W side of the A487 some 3 km SW of Blaenplwyf, at the end of the drive to Y Meini.

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