Saint Cynyw Church Cemetery

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Saint Cynyw Church Cemetery

Also known as Llangynyw Church Cemetery

Location
Llangynyw, Powys, Wales
Memorials 397 added (95% photographed)

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CHURCH HISTORY:
The church is dedicated to St Cynyw, a 6thC saint, although Thomas suggested that at some stage in the past its dedication was to All Saints.

It was recorded as 'Capella de Llankenwy' with a value of 5s in the Norwich Taxation of 1254 and appeared as 'Ecclesia de Llangenwyk' at œ4 in Pope Nicholas' taxation of 1291.

The present church is thought to have been built sometime between 1450 and 1500 AD. The present porch, screen, font, south door and some of the windows date to this period.

Several alterations were made to the interior in the 19thC. John Parker drew the rood loft and screen in 1839, but the former was dismantled later in the 19thC. Parker's drawings also show pews up to the sanctuary and a pulpit and desk against the south wall.

Accommodation was increased in 1842 and the gallery was almost certainly added at this time.

The interior was re-arranged in 1858; the chancel was raised one step above the nave and the small north vestry was added. The pulpit was moved to the north-east corner of the nave and the church re-seated. The old box pews were used for dados and a new belfry was constructed.

Electricity and heating apparatus were installed in 1936 and further improved in 1955.

CEMETERY:
This medium-sized churchyard comprises an originally curvilinear enclosure with a later rectangular extension of 1925 at a higher level on the west.

Boundary: a stone wall revetment on the south and south-east side, and a hedge and old railings on the north-east against the grounds of the old rectory; the western portion of the churchyard has a railed boundary.

Monuments: a mix of slabs, crosses and chests of mainly 18thC and 19thC date, with more recent burials in the northern extension. The earliest graves are to the south-east of the church; many are grassed-over and some are re-sited. A 1768 slab is laid flat near the porch, two slabs of 1799 lie under the yew in the south-east corner and a small worn slab of 1790 is under the yew in the south-west. Four chest tombs and one slab are sited directly below the east window of the church; one carries the date 1727, another 1736.

Furniture: sundial, complete with plate and gnomon, on a modern baluster-shaped stem on a circular plinth and base. The plate bears the date 1616 and has a central 'sun face' with 'Sunny Tyme Only' inscribed and Roman numerals.

Earthworks: churchyard is raised by up to 1.2m on east and south-east, and less elsewhere. The old churchyard boundary on the north shows as a scarp dropping into the old churchyard.

Ancillary features: a pair of iron gates set in the east wall form the entrance to the churchyard. A gravel path to the south porch and continues west to a single gate at the south-west corner where the stone wall meets the more recent railed boundary.

Vegetation: seven yew trees of considerable age form a ring around the early enclosure.

COURTESY OF: 1979 BUILDING OF WALES: POWYS By Richard Haslam

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GPS Coordinates: 52.67263, -3.29211

  • Added: 27 Oct 2010
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