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Gallery: Churches of Powys

by Peter Kessler, 24 February 2020

Powys Part 2: Churches of Llanfyllin & Llangynon

St Myllin's Church, Llanfyllin, Powys, Wales

St Myllin's Church, Llanfyllin, is on the north side of the High Street, around fifty metres north-west of the Narrow Street turning and with the medical centre at its back. It was, according to tradition, founded in the seventh century, and the Irish monk, St Moling, was believed to have been buried beneath the altar. The first verifiable record of the church dates to 1254, and all physical traces of early buildings have faded from the site. The present building dates to 1706-1710.

Moriea Welsh Calvinist Methodist Chapel, Llanfyllin, Powys, Wales

Moriea Welsh Calvinist Methodist Chapel, also known as Moriah Chapel, is at the south end of Market Street, in the 'U' shape formed by that, Vine Square, and Brook Street. It was first built in 1807, but that early chapel was demolished and rebuilt in 1857. The present building is in a plain Gothic-derived style with a gable entry plan. The side walls are of red brick with brick buttresses and paired lancet windows. The chapel's fortunes faded in the late 1900s and it closed by 2007.

Sion Chapel (Welsh Baptist), Llanfyllin, Powys, Wales

Sion Chapel (Welsh Baptist) in Llanyfyllin is on the eastern side of Brook Street, approximately halfway along its length. It was founded and first built in 1836, but then rebuilt in 1877. The latter date is shown on the date stone on the apex of the building. It was designed by the architect Richard Owens of Liverpool, and built in the Simple Round-Headed style with a gable entry plan. It closed during the late 1990s and has since been converted into a residential premises.

Pendref Chapel, Llanfyllin, Powys, Wales

Pendref Chapel, Llanfyllin, is set back from the northern side of the High Street, about thirty-five metres from the Mill Lane junction. The fellowship of the Pen-Dref Congregational Chapel was established around 1640 by the preacher Vavasour Powell. The first chapel building was put up in 1707. This was later destroyed by an anti-nonconformist mob, and rebuilt at the government's expense in 1717. Another rebuild of 1829 was partially remodelled in the 1890s.

Tabernacle Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Llanfyllin, Powys, Wales

Tabernacle Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Llanfyllin, is on the eastern side of the Ffordd Y Cain road (Lower Bridge Street), with Cae-Boncyn Lane cutting across its southern flank (to the right here). It sits on a site that has been in continuous use as a place of Methodist worship since 1809. However, this chapel was rebuilt in 1830 and 1840 as earlier constructions were found to be unsafe. The present building dates to 1905, designed by architects Shaylar & Ridge of Oswestry.

Carmel Chapel, Llangynog, Powys, Wales

Carmel Chapel, Llangynog, is also known as Llangynon Wesleyan Methodist Church. It sits on the north-eastern side of the B4391 road, around forty metres south-east of the village's parish church. Standing on a fenced site next to the New Inn, the chapel was built by the Wesleyan Methodists in 1875 to a design by Richard Owens of Liverpool. Craig Rhiwarth stands behind, wreathed in mist. It was mined for lead and slate, although the slate quarry is now disused.

All photos on this page kindly contributed by Douglas Law via the 'History Files: Churches of the British Isles' Flickr group.

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