St Issui's Church

Llanthony, United Kingdom

The Church of St Issui, Partrishow, is a parish church dating from 1060. The existing building was mainly constructed in the 14th and 15th centuries and was sensitively restored in 1908–1909. The church is most famous for its rood screen which dates from 1500. It is a Grade I listed building.

Issui was an early Welsh saint who lived by the well next to the site of the church. Following his murder, the well became a place of pilgrimage and the church was founded with the offerings of pilgrims in 1060. Gerald of Wales is reputed to have preached at the church in 1188 while on his tour of Wales. The church was undamaged during the Reformation, the dual altars being spared by the order of Edward VI in 1550. The church similarly escaped any large-scale Victorian reconstruction and was carefully restored by W. D. Caröe in 1908–1909. The church remains an active church in the parish of the Vale of Grwyne.

The church comprises a nave, chancel and porch with a separate shrine-chapel to the West. The walls are of rubble and the roofs of slate. The style throughout is Gothic. The wall to the right of the porch has a rare stone bench facing the preaching cross in the churchyard. The bellcote holds two bells and is a stone replacement by Caröe for the timber original.

The nave has a roof of the 16th century. It is windowless to the North, with windows of a Tudor date inserted in the South wall. The wagon roof of the chancel is a replacement by Caröe. The rood screen is the highlight of the interior.

In addition to the rood screen, the church has a significant collection of wall paintings. They comprise four groups: a Stuart Coat of Arms which the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales considers are those of James I; two groups of Biblical texts, including the Lord's Prayer, the Decalogue and the Apostles' Creed; and a 'Doom Figure' of Death as a skeleton with an hourglass in his left hand and a knife in his right, which dates from the 17th century.



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Founded: 1060
Category: Religious sites in United Kingdom

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Mikeee H (5 months ago)
Lovely atmospheric old church standing alone on a hill. Rood screen amazing, and interesting wall paintings as well. Don't forget to visit the holy well just down the hill.
Mike Davies (7 months ago)
Packed full of history that I'll need to further find out about. Beautiful location but be prepared to reverse!
Leon Sparrow (10 months ago)
Our family was staying nearby and found this church while exploring in a storm. We attended Sunday service. They welcome us in and our dog Lexi joined in on the hymns.
Jon Farnsworth (15 months ago)
Small Chapel with a lot if history. Very peaceful. We enjoyed a picnic on the hillside above the church before we found the well. Worth a visit. A beautiful drive to get there
Chris Reeves (18 months ago)
Beautiful little church with an amazing history. Located deep in the Welsh countryside it was a privilege to see it.
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