All Saints, Llanfrechfa, Monmouthshire, Wales - 28th September 2004

The church was locked, but the churchyard was a pleasant place to sit and eat our sandwiches.

All Saints, Llanfrechfa, Monmouthshire, Wales - 27th September 2004 - MTC

The site of All Saints church is very old. There has been a church in this place for at least a thousand years, since part of the porch dates from the ninth century. The porch roof is fourteenth and fifteenth century and the tower - perhaps an addition to the original building - is fifteenth century. The sedilia in the south wall of the sanctuary was transferred from the old church, but the remainder of the building, we see today - the nave, chancel and vestry is the result of a rebuilding completed in 1874. This was done mainly through the generosity of the Mitchell's of Llanfrechfa Grange. A peal of six bells also dates from that period, as do most of the windows. Some of the windows are memorials to the Mitchell family and others to the Griffith's family of Llanyravon. The most recent window commemorates a local man who was killed in the Gulf War. Two bells were added to the peal in 1937 and all of the bells restored, re-hung and re-hallowed for the Millennium celebrations 2000. Three of the churchyard yews are very old, the hollow tree nearest the church main gate being probably as old as the original church.

All Saints, Llanfrechfa, Monmouthshire, Wales - 27th September 2004 - MTC

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