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 St Cedwyn’s Church, Llangedwyn 


Picture of St Cedwyn’s church

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COMMUNITY

The small parish centres on the Williams-Wynn estate of Llangedwyn Hall, but draws upon a wider hinterland that includes the hamlets of Bwlch-y-ddar, Pentrefelin and Penybont-Llanerch-Emrys. Serving a rural faming community, the village expanded during the 20th century to include estate cottages, a council estate, private bungalows, and s tarter homes. The language used is mainly English, a few farming families speaking Welsh. A memorial hall built in the 1920s was enlarged to accommodate many local activities and social events. The church makes frequent use of the hall and its facilities, as does the Church Controlled Primary School, opened in the mid-19th Century. The school has a pre-school playgroup, an after-hours club, and a cross-stitch club hosting a popular annual exhibition. The village football club organizes several social events to support local good causes. Antur Tanat Cain, a local enterprise, converted the nearby inn and sawmill complex into craft workshops, and hosts a monthly luncheon-club. Llangedwyn is proud of its link with the French village of Omerville, and the two villages exchange visits in alternate years.


WORSHIP

First Sunday of Month:

1830

Evensong

Second Sunday

1030

Holy Communion

Third Sunday

0900

Holy Communion (said)

Fourth Sunday

1030

Family Service

Fifth Sunday

0900

Holy Communion (said)

Every Tuesday

0900

Morning Prayer


HISTORY

There has been a place of worship at Llangedwyn since medieval times. St. Cedwyn was perhaps one of King Arthur’s knights, surviving his last battle and becoming a hermit. During the Middle Ages St Cedwyn’s church was a daughter church of Llanrhaeadr and was looked after by a succession of priests entitled “Athro” or “Meistr” who held office in the “Clas” there. A fourteenth century effigy in the sanctuary perhaps represents Yr Athro Griffith and survives from a wooden church rebuilt in stone at the time of the Reformation. From this later church only the pulpit, some monuments, and woodwork were retained when the church was rebuilt in 1869 on the orders of Sir Watkin Williams Wynn. The present church consists of a nave and chancel with south aisle, west porch, vestry, and a bell-cote with one bell. Monuments and stained glass commemorate the Vaughan family of Llangedwyn Hall, their successors the Williams-Wynn, and the Bonnor-Maurice family of Bryn-y-Gwalia. Sir Watkin’s two young daughters donated a monumental font, which has a medieval predecessor in the porch. In the 1920s, two large dormer windows improved the quality of light in the church. More recent developments included the acquisition of a small pipe-organ, new carpets, kneelers, and seat-liners given in memory of the 10th Sir Watkin. The year 2001 marked the completion of re-roofing, re-lighting and redecoration of the church. The well-kept churchyard, containing several interesting monuments, has been enlarged twice in the last century.


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Last updated 7th October 2012.