Llanbadarn Fawr – St Padarn’s Church


The first temple in Llanbadarn Fawr could be built as early as the sixth century on the initiative of Saint Padarn, to which the village owes its name. He founded a monastery that attracted many monks and became a local study center. In 988 it was destroyed by the Danish Vikings and again in 1038 by Gruffydd ab Llewelyn. Despite this, in the 11th century, Llanbadarn parish was one of the largest in Wales. The present church was created after the destruction of the original building as a result of a fire, in the middle of the 13th century, and in the 14th and 15th centuries it was enlarged. Between 1867 and 1884, it was renovated by John Pollard Seddon.


The church in today’s shape is to a large extent a 13th/14th century building erected on a cruciform plan. It consists of a single, rectangular nave, northern and southern transept, rectangular chancel on the east side and a massive tower above the intersection of naves. On the south side of the nave, an early modern porch has been built, which hides inside the noteworthy, early-gothic portal. The chancel was enlarged around 1475, when new windows in the style of the English perpendicular gothic were pierced. In 1491, the presbytery was topped with a timber barrel vault.

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Wooding J., Yates N., A Guide to the churches and chapels of Wales, Cardiff 2011.
Website wikipedia.org, St Padarn’s Church, Llanbadarn Fawr.