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Churchyard wall at the Church of St Michael

A Grade II Listed Building in Llanfihangel-y-Pennant, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.6609 / 52°39'39"N

Longitude: -3.9658 / 3°57'56"W

OS Eastings: 267141

OS Northings: 308836

OS Grid: SH671088

Mapcode National: GBR 8X.5J5S

Mapcode Global: WH571.1CSX

Entry Name: Churchyard wall at the Church of St Michael

Listing Date: 10 April 2000

Last Amended: 10 April 2000

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 23212

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: The church of St Michael stands near the head of the Dysynni valley, in the middle of the graveyard which is encircled by the wall.

County: Gwynedd

Community: Llanfihangel-y-Pennant

Community: Llanfihangel-y-Pennant

Traditional County: Merionethshire

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The llan of Llanfihangel is of Celtic or early Christian origin, and the present medieval church is surrounded by a bank and ditch, with the wall inserted at a later date, probably after the building of the C17-C18 lychgate.


The wall is built of small boulders, and is capped by rough horizontally laid slabs of slate. It is very approximately 1.5m high externally, 70 cm internally, and is 65cm thick although varies with the ground along the circuit. The lych gate is of different build. A small section of rebuilding exists in the SE quadrant.

Reasons for Listing

Included as a churchyard wall defining a classic oval churchyard, and as part of the context of the church and lychgate. Of group value with the cottage at the E end.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II* Church of St Michael
    The parish church stands on the valley floor of the upper Dysynni valley, within its own sub-oval churchyard.
  • II Lychgate to the Church of St Michael
    The parish church stands on the valley floor, within a sub-oval banked and walled churchyard. The lychgate is set in the wall on the E quadrant of the wall.
  • II Graveyard monument at the Church of St Michael
    The monument stands within the graveyard, at the SE corner of the chancel of the Church of St Michael.
  • II Cottage E of the Church of St Michael
    The cottage stands beside the road, facing the E end of the chancel.
  • II SW Farm Building at Ty'n-y-fach
    Ty'n-y-fach farm stands some 60m NNE of the Church of St Michael. The SW farm building is the westerly of two farm buildings set in line and parallel to Old Ty'n-y-fach farmhouse.
  • II Granary at Ty'n-y-fach
    Ty'n-y-fach farm lies c65m N of Llanfihangel church. The farmyard to the rear is defined by two parallel farmyard buildings set in line, and the granary at right angles on the SW side.
  • II Old Ty'n-y-fach
    The farmhouse lies c65m to the N of the church, in the hamlet of Llanfihangel-y-Pennant, facing NW over the Afon Cadair.
  • II Pont Pennant, or Pont Ty'n-y-fach
    The bridge carries the road running N from Llanfihangel over the Afon Cadair to the upper stretch of the valley.

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