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Church of St David

A Grade II Listed Building in Dyffryn Arth, Ceredigion

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Latitude: 52.2467 / 52°14'48"N

Longitude: -4.2328 / 4°13'58"W

OS Eastings: 247662

OS Northings: 263294

OS Grid: SN476632

Mapcode National: GBR DK.0NPZ

Mapcode Global: VH3JL.LS4K

Plus Code: 9C4Q6QW8+MV

Entry Name: Church of St David

Listing Date: 3 June 1964

Last Amended: 23 May 1996

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 17486

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: Situated on hilltop some 0.9 km SSW of Aberarth.

County: Ceredigion

Community: Dyffryn Arth

Community: Dyffryn Arth

Locality: Llanddewi Aberarth

Traditional County: Cardiganshire

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Medieval parish church, rebuilt except for tower in 1860 by David Williams of Llanon, restored 1883 and 1931. 1931 new roof by W. Ellery Anderson of Cheltenham. In the churchyard are buried the Rev. A.T.J. Gwynne (d1819) and his wife (d1830), the founders of Aberaeron.


Rubble stone with slate roof. W tower, Nave and chancel under single roof, rendered on S side. Tower is probably C15, square, slightly battered with beach-stone corbels and embattled parapet. Simple slot openings to belfry, cambered head to W door with stone voussoirs. A canted piece of stonework linking N side to nave N wall is medieval, containing stairs from nave to tower. The rest of the building is plain, dated 1860 on plaque S of tower. Windows are plain lancets with stone voussoirs, with 1931 leaded glazing. Two each side to nave, then narrowing for chancel, one window and door S, the door with 1931 leaded pointed overlight. Broad pointed E window and one window to chancel N. E end gable coping of 1931, with signs that roof was raised.


Pointed stone vault to tower. Plain plastered walls with plain pointed chancel arch set one bay back from chancel indent. Door to tower stair raised up on N side of W end. Thin roof trusses of 1931. Small round font of 1888. 1948 E window, signed G.E.R. Smith. Some plain marble plaques to Rev D. Jones (d1801), Jane Jones of Tyglyn (d1787) and Henry Jones of Tyglyn (d1794). In porch are three small carved stones, one patterned, one with running scroll on edge and third humped and ribbed.

Reasons for Listing

Included primarily for medieval tower, one of about eight in Ceredigion.

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