Llanmadoc – St Madoc’s Church

History

Church of St. Madoc in Llanmadoc was erected in the 12th or 13th century on the site of an early Christian temple from the end of the 5th or the beginning of the 6th century. The village, and with it the church, from 1156 were the property of the Knights Templar. After the dissolution of the order in the fourteenth century, Llanmadoc became the property of the Knights Chospitaller. The church was significantly rebuilt in the 19th century.

Architecture

The church was built of sandstone. It consists of a rectangular nave, a shorter and narrower, rectangular chancel, a tower on the western side and a porch at the southern entrance to the nave. The only original, medieval window has been preserved in the southern wall of the presbytery. It is narrow, oblong and crowned with trefoil. Other windows were transformed in the nineteenth century. The tower was erected on a square plan, currently it is quite low, which is why some authors suggest that it was not reconstructed in full height in the 19th century. It has only one slit window on the west side. A stone with inscriptions from the 6th century was built into the window sill of the church, another stone from the 7th-9th century can be found in the western wall. Inside the temple, fragments of medieval wall polychromes are also preserved.

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bibliography:
Website gatehouse-gazetteer.info, Llanmadoc Church of St Madoc.