Saturday, 15 July 2017

St Cannen Llanganten



I have been asked how I find the churches I visit, well most that are local to me I know about as most English Villages have a church, it is just a matter of looking on a map. Wales on the other hand I look at the map of the area I'm in and see what churches are around. St Cannen was one I knew off and one I thought I had better look up. The only history I can find is on the Benefice website but that has now caused another problem in that it has shown me a few more churches to visit.
"Llanganten church is dedicated to St. Cannen, who is said to be a  grandson of the local ruler Brychan Brecheiniog. Theophilus Jones suggests in the "History of Brecknockshire" that a church has been sited here from the 6th century. The first formal incumbent was appointed in 1574 but a church was in existence in 1282 when the body of Prince Llewellyn, who was killed close by, was temporarily laid to rest in the churchyard. At present the history of the existing church building remains a mystery, but we do know that it was restored in 1880 and the church walls are believed to be 17th century or earlier. The stone font is thought to be 12th century. The churchyard also reveals more history - some of the tombstones  date back to the early 1700s and in the chancel of the church are two stone tablets, one commemorating Rees Price, who died in 1762, and the other, Postuma, wife to William Price (1772)."


The church sign situated by parking area


St Cannen from near the gate





Walking over to the west end of the church





The west end of the church with what I presume is now the groundsman store on the end





Going around to look at the porch and South side



Above getting a view of the East and North sides is not easy as steps lead down to a footpath on the end and the only view of the North side is across a bed of nettles





The lean-to  part on the West end I found interesting with ferns growing in some of the gapes in the mortar







Back to the South side and the porch







Inside the church the first view you get of this very light church





Above looking down the aisle with the chancel arch hear on the right





The Chancel arch again and Chancel















Inside the chancel looking at the Altar
 


Above the wonderful stained glass chancel window


















Either side of the Altar are these two old Memorials which I think are the two dedicated to the Price family mentioned in the history








Above the Bishops chair in the corner of the chancel 







Couple more memorials you can see in the church


















One of the windows in the Nave




Above a look down the nave from the chancel with a Lecture on the right 








The wooden Pulpit with carved cross on the front










From the pulpit you get a good view of the church

Above a beautiful stained glass window you can see in the church








Beside the Lectern is the small church organ. Right the Font which is thought to date from the 12th Century







Last look of the church





Going outside I noticed a pillar  monument and a little further away this altar type tomb




The urn looked a little out of place & I wonder if it was not off the top of the pillar in the earlier photo





The churchyard looks reasonable size from the end of the church






Above a headstone that has been laid over with these clasping hands about all that is left showing, nearby more headstones




Above one with Ivy creeping on it.
Left couple of older headstones




Going across the path shows a mixture of old and newer headstones telling you the churchyard is still in use



Above the headstone of Ann Parry who dies in 1901, left another monument



The churchyard has quite a few tomb chests in some are broken from age



I suspect this headstone is old being as it has sunk in the ground





Walking further along the churchyard shows it is longer that you think
 Looking towards the church across the row of tomb chests







This headstone has succumbed to the elements and it will not be long before a piece falls away as it de-laminates  







the far end of the churchyard
Above a row of wooden crosses







Above two crosses one covered on moss & ivy. Right looking towards the far west end of the churchyard
The headstone of Sapper Donald G Maclaren Royal Engineers 17th April 1917 age 39





Nearby three small graves




nearby a broken headsone




not far away a fenced family vault now forgotten




Looking west up the churchyard



Above a headstone with floral carving on it. Left a view towards Climery were Prince Llewellyn was killed in battle



Two headstones from the same family looking at the carvings on the top




Near the entrance part of the churchyard well overgrown and hiding some family graves by the look





The churchyard beside the entrance



I'll leave you with this stitch view of St Cannen and its churchyard. Visit if you can it's a pleasant church to spend some time at.

Have a peaceful weekend