Llanarthney, St David Churchyard

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Llanarthney, St David Churchyard

Llanarthney, Carmarthenshire, Wales
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Llanarthney (Welsh: Llanarthne) is a village and community in Carmarthenshire, Wales, located 12 kilometres to the east of Carmarthen and 10 kilometres to the south-west of Llandeilo.
The Parish church, Eglwys Dewi Sant (also known as Church of St David, Church of St Arthneu, St Arthen, or St Arthney) stands in the centre of the tiny village of Llanarthney, surrounded by stone wall, and entered by a lychgate. The church is thought to have taken the place of an earlier one nearer to the Towy River, where the name Llan is recorded.
The church is medieval in origin, and is depicted as St Arthen's church on historic Ordnance survey mapping. It is situated within a curvilinear churchyard, adjacent to the Afon Gwynon. The churchyard is entered via a lychgate in its southern boundary, which borders the B4300. During the medieval period the church was a chapelry in the deanery of Stradtowy, and belonged to the Bishops of St David's as a prebend of the collegiate church at Brecon. In 1290 the prebend was appropriated to the prior of the Knights Hospitaller by Bishop Beck. In 1844 there were two chapels of ease to St David's Church. One was noted to be in ruins, and the other occupied by dissenters. Capel Herbach is thought to be one of these chapels. A twelfth century wheel-cross, known as the 'Cross of Elmat', is built into the ground floor of the tower but is not in situ.It had been found in a field in the parish and subsequently used as a stile in the churchyard wall.It is also thought to have been removed from nearby Cae'r Castell.
Fragments of Early Christian Monument stones are thought to be built into the churchyard wall.


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GPS Coordinates: 51.8614340, -4.1300610

  • Added: 7 Nov 2015
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