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St Mary's Church, Llanbrynmair (Llan), Montgomeryshire

Denomination: Anglican

Dedication: St Mary

Built: 14/15th century

Photography: Ellie Thomas
Date: 7 March 2007
Camera: Syntek USB digital

St Mary's, Llanbrynmair Note 1: St Mary's church in the centre of Llan is a single-chambered church which dates back to the 15th century if not earlier. There is an early bell turret supported by four oak uprights, a 16th century south porch and a north transept of unknown date. Inside is a 13th century font, a small fragment of medieval glass, and some post-medieval woodwork. The churchyard is a raised circular enclosure with an 18th century sundial and graveslabs going back to the previous or 15th century, though there is nothing to confirm the earlier date, and there are indications that the nave walls may have been heightened or rebuilt. The one surviving window is 15th century but it is now re-sited in the north transept and lacks the top of its original square-topped frame. The south porch is claimed to have been added in the 16th century, though without much confirmatory evidence, and indeed the entrance might suggest it is 18th century. Nor is the date of the north transept known: it may not be of a single build yet its north wall could be of 1688. The western bell-turret, retains its original oak uprights and may have been erected in the 17th century, although it is much repaired.
[Source: Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust (CPAT) website, where further details are provided]

Note 2: This is a little-restored late medieval single chamber roofed with arched braces at the west end and king-posts with collars at the east end. The font is 13th century, two windows and the porch are 16th century, and the bell turret supported on four posts within the nave may be 17th century. There are two piscinas with pointed and round-headed openings respectively. The mid to late 16th century north transept has a two-bay acade with a twelve-sided oak pier. It was once boarded off to form a schoolroom.
[Source: The Old Parish Churches of Mid-Wales, by Mike Salter, Folly Publications, Malvern, second edition 2003, ISBN 1-871731-62-3]

St Mary's, Llanbrynmair

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