Llanrhychwyn – St Rhychwyn’s Church

History

   The church of St. Rhychwyn in Llanrhychwyn was probably founded in the 12th century as a small chapel. Between the 13th and the 16th centuries, it was expanded and enlarged. Renovation and small modifications were carried out in the nineteenth century.

Architecture

   Unusually for medieval churches, the temple at Llanrhychwyn was not orientated to the cardinal sides of the world to have the altar and presbytery facing east, but the shorter sides were situated to the south-west and north-east. Perhaps it was due to the topography. The church at the end of the Middle Ages was a small building consisting of two twin, rectangular naves, the south-east of which dates back to the 13th century and contains parts of the oldest chapel, and the north-west was added in the 16th century. Inside, both naves were separated by simple and massive, four-sided pillars, supporting a wooden, open roof truss.

Current state

   The medieval roof truss of the church that survives to this day is one of the oldest preserved in Wales, and some windows have stained glass from the 15th and 17th centuries. There is also a stone, quite primitive baptismal font from the 12th / 13th century.

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bibliography:
Wooding J., Yates N., A Guide to the churches and chapels of Wales, Cardiff 2011.
Website wikipedia.org, Llanrhychwyn.