Saturday, 27 September 2014

St Pauls Ystradffin


My wife & I had just spent a pleasant tour round a very scenic reservoir  and had an even more pleasant picnic over looking it and I noticed this church as we were leaving the area. I asked if she minded stopping for a few moments  so I could take some photos.
I must admit that being so remote I did not expect the church to be open but was pleased when I found the door opened for me. The church is quite  small simple one and deserving of my 100th blog.




We stopped just past the church & I could not help notice this stone step stile on the wall. I've see many of these at old churches






The main entrance to the churchyard is through this Lych gate





not easy to read the name of the are named here




St Pauls churchyard from over the wall by the Lych gate
It does have a pleasant path leading to the church





Going round to the east side of the churchyard shows this view of the south side of the church









Heading round the north shows this view. The porch is on the west end which is unusual I find, normally I find them on the south side. Above is the single bell which calls the parishioners to worship.

Nave in St Pauls very plain & simple with bench pews either side





View of the altar and rails
 The main window is just plain frosted glass, no stained glass like other churches
 As ever there are always a fresh vase of flowers on display




A very nice wooden pulpit and lectern by the altar rails 




and of course a small church organ




 one side is a very small cross on the wall
 Looking back along the nave to the entrance door. The boxed off area looks new





Not see a had carried brie before





Going back outthe porch you see a couple of plaques



telling you it was founded in 1117 and rebuilt & restored within 100 years















The churchyard is not a large one




though you can see many old headstones




and for the size of the plce it is quite full



The trees have grown shading and hiding many graves














This one was a puzzle at first as I wondered about the urn beside it, then realised it was from the top of the pillar
 Lichen covered headstones

I will leave you with this photo, the figure above was one memorial that stood out for me even though it was about 3ft tall, it belongs to the grave of a young child who died many years ago, it seems she stands there waiting for her mum and dad to come and bring her home.

Have a good weekend




6 comments:

  1. I love St Paul's church Bill.. I find these smaller, simpler churches very moving. I'm not really all that religious but if I was I think this would be more meaningful than the distractions in the overly ornate churches.

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  2. With a natural setting so lovely, the simplicity of the interior is perfect. The child's memorial is so poignant, obviously a much-loved and missed little girl.

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  3. I love this church, it's pure simplicity moves me far more than ornate buildings. That last image is heart rending.

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  4. This chapel is beautiful ... situated among the old monuments ... just religious miracle .... Regards from distant Polish ... Birch B

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  5. they really are gorgeous. but i do wonder how the seats are on the rump after many hours being there. i have to think seriously. ha. ha!! ( :

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  6. Bill,
    You found another beauty. Thanks Tom The Backroads Traveller

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