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Church of St Mary

A Grade II Listed Building in Llanfrynach, Powys

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.9196 / 51°55'10"N

Longitude: -3.3733 / 3°22'23"W

OS Eastings: 305649

OS Northings: 225460

OS Grid: SO056254

Mapcode National: GBR YP.PCWN

Mapcode Global: VH6C5.H01Q

Entry Name: Church of St Mary

Listing Date: 28 July 2005

Last Amended: 28 July 2005

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 84819

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: Situated on N side of lane, some 1.8km W of Llanfrynach village.

County: Powys

Town: Brecon

Community: Llanfrynach

Community: Llanfrynach

Locality: Cantref

Traditional County: Brecknockshire

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History

Anglican parish church of medieval origins, mentioned in 1402 episcopal register. The very plain tower may be post Reformation, c. 1600, but has no dateable features. The body of the church was rebuilt in 1829 and restored 1867 by Charles Buckeridge for £700. The masonry suggests that the 1867 work was virtually a rebuilding.

Exterior

Church, rubble stone with Bath stone dressings, stone tiled main roof and terracotta ridge tiles. Tower, nave and chancel under single roof, and N porch. Tower is plain with plinth and pyramid slate roof. Chamfered string course just over plinth, no door. Plain square-headed chamfered 2-light bell openings with louvres. Single light S bell-opening, and two loops on S, two on W.
Nave and chancel have single roof with coped E gable, and chamfered plinth stepped down at division between nave and chancel, which is marked by a stepped buttress. The stonework appears to be of 1867. N side has porch to right of two plain 2-light windows, and nave S has three similar windows, the lights simple cusped lancets in Bath stone. The masonry of the left end of the S wall overruns the tower for a short distance, possibly an earlier feature. 1867 N porch with stone tiles, coped gable, ashlar flush quoins and chamfered pointed arch with hoodmould. Double iron gates, inner N door is 1867 ashlar pointed, with wrought iron scrolled leaf hinges. Chancel has two cusped lancets each side, and E three-light pointed window set high, with hoodmould and stone voussoirs.

Interior

Whitewashed plastered walls and scissor-rafter roof with four arch-braced scissor trusses, the third one ornamented, to mark the chancel, with pierced cusping. Trusses are on stone corbels, apart from chancel truss, carried on ringed column shafts from the floor with foliate capitals, the columns said to be of cast-iron. Low broad medieval or C16 purple sandstone chamfered pointed tower door. Plank door with wrought-iron scrolled hinges. The window reveals are segmental-pointed. One step to chancel, one to sanctuary, one to altar. Seat in chancel S lancet.
Fittings: Font possibly C12-C13 much retooled. Round bowl tapered below rim, on round shaft and base. Conical C19 timber font cover with metal cross. Painted ashlar pulpit of high Victorian type, the front of four curves with moulded courses at base, halfway and moulded cornice, upper section is pierced with cusped openings, 1-3-3-1. Stone steps fronted by a tri-lobe shaft. Brass eagle lectern after 1892. Wrought iron scolled rails with leaf ends. Oak stalls with pierced cusped openings to back and simple open kneelers. Pine open bench pews.
Memorials: Brass to the Rev. T. J. Powell died 1864.
Stained glass: E three-light 1909, possibly by R. J. Newbery, of Christ with SS Mary and David. Chancel N lancet by Mayer of Munich, Suffer the children, to V. Evans died 1887; and second lancet, 1856, the Presentation.

Reasons for Listing

Included for its special interest as a rural parish church of medieval origins and with definite C19 character.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Cantref House
    Situated just W of Church of Saint Mary at Cantref.
  • II Lower Cantref
    Situated just to the W of the Afon Cynrig some 1.2 km W of Llanfrynach village.
  • II Maesderwen
    Situated in own grounds some 600m W of Llanfrynach village.
  • II Abercynrig Mill
    Situated just off the drive to Abercynrig, some 500m S of Abercynrig.
  • II Neuadd
    Situated on S side of narrow lane that runs from below Pontbrengarreg farm to below Croftau farm.
  • II Cow-shed range at Ty Fry
    Situated across W end of farmyard at Ty Fry.
  • II Stable at Abercynrig
    Situated in farmyard E of Abercynrig, to S of farmyard W entry.

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