Llanfrothen – St Brothen’s Church

History

According to tradition, the church was built on the site of the hermitage or monastery cell founded at the end of the sixth century by Saint Brothen, allegedly one of the seven sons of the legendary prince Helig ap Glanawg. The building was erected in the 13th century and in the 15th century it was roofed again. The southern porch and small bellcote were probably added in the 17th century. The church was restored in the nineteenth century, when new windows were installed in the nave, and the floor was tiled.

Architecture

The church was erected on a slope, which is why its floor is inclined east-west. The building consists of a rectangular nave and not externally separated chancel, covered with one roof. The southern porch is an early modern addition. The church is 20 meters long and 6 meters wide. At its western end there are opposite entrance portals from the 13th century, although the southern one has been plastered. The northern portal has an ogival form. The windows were transformed in the nineteenth century. Inside the church there are traces of wall polychromes and a fifteenth-century baptismal font. Between the nave and the presbytery there is an oak rood screen. Its dating showed that the wood used for its production came from trees felled between 1496 and 1506.

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bibliography:
Wooding J., Yates N., A Guide to the churches and chapels of Wales, Cardiff 2011.
Website coflein.gov.uk, St Brothen’s church, Llanfrothen.
Website wikipedia.org, St Brothen’s Church, Llanfrothen.