Bronllys – St Mary’s Church


Church of St. Mary in Bronllys was erected in the 12th-13th centuries, probably by the powerful Clifford family, who also erected a nearby castle. The church and its property were later granted to the Clifford Abbey in Herefordshire, which it owned until the Reformation. In the 14th century, the temple was rebuilt, and the first mention of the parson dates back to the year 1400, when David Gomod was appointed to this position. In 1887, the church underwent a thorough rebuilding, keeping only a few fragments of the original walls. Also the roof and fittings were replaced at that time, giving the building a Victorian character. Fortunately, the free-standing belfry avoided reconstruction, it was only renovated in 1938.


The church was erected from red and gray local stone. It consists of a single rectangular nave and a narrower and shorter chancel. On the northern side, a wooden porch was added on a stone base from the 15th or 16th century. Only the western wall of the nave and the western part of the chancel, entirely survived nineteenth-century reconstruction, but the layout of the walls probably repeats the original, medieval look of the church. Inside, the original portal from the fourteenth century (priests door) has been preserved. On the north-eastern side of the chancel, a free-standing bell tower was erected in the Middle Ages. It has a hip roof and two-stepped walls built on a square plan. Inside, the walls are plastered and painted. Medieval equipment of the church includes a fourteenth-century font and a rood screen from around 1450-1500, three segments of which are moved to separate the sacristy.

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