Aberedw, St Cewydd Church
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The first church at Aberedw is thought to have been established in the 6th century, possibly on a site used for pre-Christian worship. St Cewydd established a hermits cell here, traditionally said to be in Llywelyn’s cave overlooking the River Edw. Cewydd is the patron saint of rain, and there are only 2 other dedications known to him in Wales.
We do not know exactly when the current church was built, but there are documentary records of a church here in 1291. The building we see today is almost certainly later, mostly 15th and 16th century, with a plain rectangular west tower in three stages. The nave may be 14th century, the porch is 15th century, though rebuilt, and the chancel is likely 16th century.
Internally, the most interesting feature is the late medieval screen. There is a tomb slab dated 1604 against the east wall, and another dated 1722 on the west wall. On the north chancel wall are a pair of late 18th century memorial brasses, and another 18th century brass is set in a window embrasure on the south wall.
In the churchyard are 3 ancient yew trees which may be as much as 1500 years old.
Llywelyn ap Gruffydd was killed nearby, and according to tradition he attended Mass at Aberedw church on the morning of his death.
About Aberedw, St Cewydd Church
Address: Aberedw, Builth Wells, Radnorshire, Wales
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: off B4567 5 m S Builth Wells
OS: SO080 473
Photo Credit: Christine Matthews, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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