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St Ellyw's Church, Llanelieu

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Map ReferenceSO13SE
Grid ReferenceSO1850034180
Unitary (Local) AuthorityPowys
Old CountyBrecknockshire
Type Of SiteCHURCH

St Ellyw's church, Llanelieu, was the parish church of the former parish of St Ellyweis. Its origins are 13th - 15th century, and it was carefully restored in 1905 by Baldwin of Brecon, and further repaired in 1981. The church is a single cell plan with an added 16th century porch, built of sandstone rubble with a slate roof. Two 7th - 9th century grave markers are attached on either side of the porch.

The interior walls probably retain their medieval plaster. There is a painted, stencilled 6-bay roof. The church has an exceptional regional example of a medieval rood screen.  The screen and tympanum are painted, and there are painted ‘figures’ in the nave.  There is also a fragment of Royal Arms and a border and texts dating to the C18th. On the southwest wall of the church there is a fine sandstone sundial, inscribed PB WARDEN 1686.

Sources include:
Cadw listed buildings database.
Richard Suggett, Painted Temples: Wallpaintings and Rood-screens in Welsh Churches, 1200–1800, (RCAHMW 2021), pp. 52, 62, 69, 70, 105.