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Church of St Elldeyrn at Capel Llanilltern

A Grade II Listed Building in Pentyrch, Cardiff

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Latitude: 51.5114 / 51°30'40"N

Longitude: -3.3053 / 3°18'19"W

OS Eastings: 309510

OS Northings: 179966

OS Grid: ST095799

Mapcode National: GBR HR.J58V

Mapcode Global: VH6F4.N8GR

Plus Code: 9C3RGM6V+GV

Entry Name: Church of St Elldeyrn at Capel Llanilltern

Listing Date: 31 January 2000

Last Amended: 31 January 2000

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 22832

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: Set in a roughly rectangular walled churchyard sideways on to the main road, at junction with road to St Bride's-super-Ely.

County: Cardiff

Community: Pentyrch

Community: Pentyrch

Locality: Capel Llanilltern

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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Chapel of ease to St Fagans, rebuilt on an earlier site by Windsor family in 1862 to designs by the renowned architect GE Street who had previously restored St Fagans Church. Traditionally the living belongs to Dean of Llandaff. Alternative spelling Ellteyrn.


Small and simple church comprising single-cell nave, narrower chancel, W bellcote, with Welsh slate roof, terracotta ridge tiles and cruciform chancel finial. Masonry of coursed rubble in different hues with red sandstone contrasting with blue lias and golden limestone dressings, a modest polychromy. Pointed-arched lightly moulded S doorway up 3 steps, boarded door with very decorative hinges; trefoil-headed nave windows and similar smaller to S chancel, quatrefoil W window, E window of 3 lights with trefoil tracery flanked by carved shields in rectangular frames; buttresses at SW, SE and NE nave. Attached to S wall is a plaque to Ann Thomas (d 1815) and to chancel a plaque to Elizabeth Miles (d 1764) in English. A number of table tombs roughly contemporary with the rebuilding stand near the church; outside the churchyard at W is a small parish hall.


Interior has unrendered walls and the same coloured masonry as the exterior; 2-bay nave with arch-braced roof with wind braces, 2 bay chancel roof with decorative cusping. Nave has open pew seating and contains some large hatchments to Bassett family; an important Early Christian stone with Latin inscription; a medieval font (C13) with round bowl with leaf and flower decoration and broached base. Fine wall monuments in nave and chancel especially to inhabitants of nearby Park (Parc-y-justice) including the Williams and Price families; some monuments signed E Morgan of Canton. Chancel and sanctuary have floor tiles of 3 different designs; 3 steps; marble reredos is a row of discs with cresting . E window of 1938 by Heaton, Butler and Bayne.

Reasons for Listing

Included as a small but distinctive church designed by one of the greatest of the High Victorian architects in Britain.

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