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Inscribed Stone in Church

A Scheduled Monument in Llanfihangel Cwmdu with Bwlch and Cathedine (Llanfihangel Cwm Du gyda Bwlch a Chathedin), Powys

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Latitude: 51.907 / 51°54'25"N

Longitude: -3.1925 / 3°11'32"W

OS Eastings: 318060

OS Northings: 223838

OS Grid: SO180238

Mapcode National: GBR YY.Q2Q3

Mapcode Global: VH6C8.MB3D

Entry Name: Inscribed Stone in Church

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1751

Cadw Legacy ID: BR109

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Inscribed stone

Period: Early Medieval

County: Powys

Community: Llanfihangel Cwmdu with Bwlch and Cathedine (Llanfihangel Cwm Du gyda Bwlch a Chathedin)

Traditional County: Brecknockshire


The monument consists of an inscribed stone, a commemorative monument in the form of a stone which has been inscribed with symbols, probably dating to the medieval period. The stone comprises a roughly rectangular stone measuring 1.4m high, 0.4m wide and 0.1m thick, and lies in the easternmost porch on the S side of the church. On the upper side is a Latin cross in relief with HIC IACET inscribed vertically down the middle of it. On the underside is a Latin cross with splayed terminals, incised with a double line on the top half of the stone. The Latin cross with splayed terminals is characteristic of the 9th to 11th century, while the plain Latin cross is likely to be later in date. The inscription within the plain Latin cross post-dates the carving of the cross itself and is likely to be of 12th or 13th century in date.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of the organisation and practice of medieval Christianity. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits. An inscribed stone may be part of a larger cluster of monuments and their importance can further enhanced by their group value.

The scheduled area comprises the remains described and areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.

Source: Cadw

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