St Tysilio's & St Mary's Church

Meifod, United Kingdom

The Church of St. Tysilio and St. Mary stands on a site that was once the centre of early Welsh Christianity. The church has been rebuilt and modified throughout the centuries, and there are examples of work surviving from every architectural period from the Normans to the present day.

The site is believed to have become a Christian foundation c.550, dedicated first to St. Gwyddfarch, and later to St. Tysilio. The remains of this early church were still visible in the eighteenth century, but little trace remains today. A second church was built in the twelfth century by Madoc Mareddud, whose remains are believed to be buried within the grounds; much of the fabric of this building remains today.

Since the first foundation of the church it been extended and renovated on a number of occasions, and has an eclectic range of styles; a wide Romanesque nave, fourteenth century moulded entrance, fifteenth century tower and south window, seventeenth century octagonal font, and predominantly nineteenth century fenestration and fixtures, such as the oak pulpit. The pews were made in the nineteenth century but incorporate seventeenth century panel screens.Built from predominantly local rubble stonework with a slate roof and dressings that include stone gargoyles, this church is a display of Welsh Christianity through the centuries.



Your name


A495 2, Meifod, United Kingdom
See all sites in Meifod


Founded: 12th century
Category: Religious sites in United Kingdom

More Information


5/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Mark de la Mare (2 years ago)
Eliot Collins (3 years ago)
The Church of St Tysilio and St Mary in Meifod is said to be the centre of early Welsh Christianity. The first church on this site was founded in 550, dedicated to Saint Gwyddfarch. Little remains of this first church today. The current church was built by Madog ap Meredudd, whose is said to be buried buried in the four acre church yard. Aspects of this church date from every era since its construction after the Norman conquest and the result is an eclectic mix of styles.
Sarah Evans (4 years ago)
A wonderful spiritually uplifting church
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Krivoklát Castle

Křivoklát Castle was founded in the 12th century, belonging to the kings of Bohemia. During the reign of Přemysl Otakar II a large, monumental royal castle was built, later rebuilt by king Václav IV and later enlarged by king Vladislav of Jagellon.

The castle was damaged by fire several times. It was turned into a harsh prison and the building slowly deteriorated. During the 19th century, the family of Fürstenberg became the owners of the castle and had it reconstructed after a fire in 1826.

Today the castle serves as a museum, tourist destination and place for theatrical exhibitions. Collections of hunting weapons, Gothic paintings and books are stored there.