St Gwyddelan's Church, Llanwyddelan, Montgomeryshire
Dedication: St Gwyddelan
Photography: Mike Llywelyn Cox (except where indicated)
Date: March 2007
Camera: Fuji Finepix S1000 digital
Note 1: St Gwyddelan's church lies in the small settlement of Llanwyddelan, about 6 miles to the north of Newtown. The single-chamber church was completely rebuilt in 1865 and only the medieval font and part of the screen have been retained. Built into an outside buttress is an early medieval stone of around the 9thC. The churchyard was originally an oval enclosure set on a raised knoll. [Source: Coflein database of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (accessed 26 Feb 2016)]
[Above and below: Photography Google StreetView, April 2010]
Note 2: I knew Welshpool but had never been to the rural area around Llanfair Caereinion and Llanwyddelen. I wanted to fill out the sketchy impressions I had of the area from OS maps and rare photos. It doesn't seem to be an area that has ever attracted written description or, equally, thought to have merited photographic or painterly attention. I also went to see what, if any, vibrations (for want of a better word) I would get there.
I was knocked out. It is one of the world's uniquely beautiful and almost timeless places. And yes, almost immediately I felt I totally belonged there – a natural part of the earth there. Fanciful perhaps, but a great feeling nonetheless.
Llanwyddelan is a small, scattered village centred on a beautifully sited church and cemetery (Church in Wales) set on a prominent hill on the eastern approach. The church has an unusual slate hung gable end where it faces west.
[Source: Personal email correspondence from Mike Llywelyn Cox, February 2016]