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Aberllynfi chapel

A Scheduled Monument in Gwernyfed, Powys

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Latitude: 52.0342 / 52°2'2"N

Longitude: -3.2078 / 3°12'28"W

OS Eastings: 317239

OS Northings: 237994

OS Grid: SO172379

Mapcode National: GBR YX.G4XK

Mapcode Global: VH6BP.C40G

Entry Name: Aberllynfi chapel

Scheduled Date: 29 November 2006

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1105

Cadw Legacy ID: BR351

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Chapel

Period: Medieval

County: Powys

Community: Gwernyfed

Traditional County: Brecknockshire


The monument comprises the remains of a medieval chapel, probably established as a manorial chapel by the founder of the motte and bailey castle to which it is associated and formerly a chapel of ease to Glasbury. The medieval structure comprises the foundations of the nave and chancel, now incorporated into a dilapidated drystone enclosure; the structure measures c. 18m from E to W by 6m transversely within footings 0.6m in thickness (the chancel measures 4.7m in width and 5.1m in length). The ground surface within the chapel is higher than the surrounding area, suggesting the possibility of stratified archaeological deposits.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of medieval ecclesiastical organisation. The monument forms an important element within the wider medieval context and the structure itself may be expected to contain archaeological information in regard to chronology, building techniques and functional detail. Its importance is further enhanced by its close association with the well-preserved Great House motte and bailey (BR080).

The scheduled area comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive. It is rectangular and measures 22m from E to W by between 7m transversely.

Source: Cadw

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