St Mary's Church

Welshpool, United Kingdom

St Cynfelin (also known as St Matu) is reputed to be the founder of St Mary's Church in Welshpool, during 'the age of the saints in Wales' in the 5th and 6th centuries.

The church was originally built c. 1250, but only the lower courses of the tower now remain from that date. The current building is largely as rebuilt or restored in 1871 by George Edmund Street. The nave was rebuilt in the 16th century, and with the whole building was substantially restored in 1871.

The 15th century chancel ceiling may have come from Strata Marcella Abbey, about five miles away, and a stone in the churchyard is said to have been part of the abbot's throne. A memorial in the church commemorates Bishop William Morgan, translator of the Bible into Welsh, who was the vicar from 1575 to 1579.

The churchyard contains seven Commonwealth war graves, of five British soldiers of World War I and a soldier and airman of World War II.



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Founded: c. 1250
Category: Religious sites in United Kingdom

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High Miler (17 months ago)
Looks okay from the outside but was locked up in the middle of the day on a saturday.
Jamie Capewell (5 years ago)
Beautiful place x
Su Prendergrast (5 years ago)
Unusual church
Leslie Medlicott (5 years ago)
It as been 3 year's since I was in there
Chris Forest-Potter (6 years ago)
Good acoustics. Not sure if their is disabled access as steps to front of building. Disabled toilet facilities. Kitchen facilities
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