Llanwenog – St Gwenog’s church

History

The church of St. Gwenog in Llanwenog was established at the turn of the 14th and 15th centuries. In 1485, a tower was built on the initiative of Rhys ap Thomas, Lord of Dinefwr and Carew. In the Middle Ages, it was a parish church assigned to the Talley Abbey. Later the church was owned by the bishops of St. Davids, as a prebend of collegiate at Llanddewi Brefi. In the nineteenth century, the church happily underwent only minor modernization, while the renovation was carried out at the beginning and the end of the twentieth century.

Architecture

The church consists of a rectangular nave with no external separated chancel and late medieval tower from the end of the fifteenth century on the western side. It has an expanding base, a crown in the form of a parapet and crenellation, and a communication turret on the north-east side. The whole was built of larger stones than the rest of the church. On the south-east side, a rectangular chapel was added to the nave and presbytery in the 15th century. While on the northern side, a small transept has been added to house the organ room. Inside the nave there is a late medieval roof truss from the 15th century.

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bibliography:
Wooding J., Yates N., A Guide to the churches and chapels of Wales, Cardiff 2011.
Website britishlistedbuildings.co.uk, St Gwenog Church A Grade I Listed Building in Llanwenog, Ceredigion.
Website coflein.gov.uk, St Gwenog’s church, Llanwenog.