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Rescuing a Grade II* listed Mideaval Church

This 14th-century Grade II* listed church is situated at the west end of the Brecon Beacons National Park. It is particularly unusual with its twin aisles and oak ribbed barrel vaults. The roof was in such parlous condition that the Parish Church Council had been advised to take it all down and start again. The PCC wanted to rescue, not destroy, this historic church and the original roof was crucial to the feel and identity of the building. The first stage of work involved repairing the serious structural defects caused by a leaking lead gutter and re-slating the inner roof slopes. Repointing of the external walls was carried out by young people taking part in the Manpower Service Commission Youth Programme. Subsequent stages have involved stabilising the tower, rehanging the bell and repairing all the windows.

‘The 1987 restoration would have been a disaster without you; at one point the foreman was saying it would be best and much easier and cheaper to take off the whole roof completely. The result of thereby losing the barrel ceiling would have been the death knell of the building as a viable Church under the present difficulties of the Church in Wales. So, thank you for all your help-‘

South aisle

South aisle

North aisle nave

North aisle nave

The church plans

The church plans

Roof detail from within

Roof detail from within

Existing lead valley and stone tiles, before and after

Existing lead valley and stone tiles, before and after

Roof from within during repair

Roof from within during repair

Roof from within after repair

Roof from within after repair

Lead valley and slates – after

Lead valley and slates – after

West

West

Bell and headstock – before

Bell and headstock – before

Bell repair drawing

Bell repair drawing

Original headstock and other parts

Original headstock and other parts

Bell at Whites of Appleton, before and after

Bell at Whites of Appleton, before and after

Window, before and after repairs

Window, before and after repairs

Window, before and after repairs

Window, before and after repairs

Stained glass east window

Stained glass east window