Crickadarn, St Mary's Church
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HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Medieval nave and porch
Written records of a church at Crickadarn do not emerge until the late Middle Ages, but the shape of the churchyard suggests a very early medieval foundation, perhaps pre-Norman. If so, nothing of that early church remains, for the earliest part of the current building is the nave, which may date to the 13th century.
The nave must have been rebuilt in the 15th century, but retained its earlier window and door openings. The porch was added at the same time, as was the west tower. The tower was not built atop the existing structure; instead, the west wall of the nave was simply cut away to create an opening to the new structure.
The church must have deteriorated badly after the Reformation, for a report in 1810 describes the architecture as 'vile', and there was no ceiling. The church was completely restored in two phases; in 1867 and again in 1895, when new windows were inserted.
In 1914 Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, better known for his fantasy village of Portmeirion, rebuilt the sanctuary and south nave wall, and restored the porch and church roof. The porch still retains its medieval timbers, however.
In the porch is a stone bench, part of which is formed from a reused 1796 gravestone. There are a number of 18th century grave slabs in the nave floor, and under the tower is a Donations board dated 1712. On the north wall is a royal coat of arms showing the Hanoverian heraldic symbols, so possibly to George I.
About Crickadarn, St Mary's Church
Address: Crickadarn, Powys, Wales, LD2 3PJ
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: Off the A470 near Erwood
Website: Crickadarn, St Mary's Church
OS: SO089 424
Photo Credit: Jaggery, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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