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Latitude: 52.2758 / 52°16'32"N
Longitude: -3.1263 / 3°7'34"W
OS Eastings: 323253
OS Northings: 264781
OS Grid: SO232647
Mapcode National: GBR B1.YLZL
Mapcode Global: VH69K.R2M6
Entry Name: Ednol Chapel
Scheduled Date: 27 March 2019
Source ID: 4404
Cadw Legacy ID: RD273
Community: Old Radnor (Pencraig)
Traditional County: Radnorshire
The monument comprises the ruins of a medieval chapel, known as Ednol Chapel, which is located within a large, sub-rectangular enclosure occupying a gentle north-facing slope in a pasture field overlooking a valley on the eastern side of Radnor Forest. Ednol was a chapel of ease to Old Radnor, serving remote communities on the opposite side of the Walton Basin and the uplands of Radnor Forest. The chapel was a single-celled structure measuring approximately 12m east-west by 6.5m externally. It is recorded as being a ruin by the early nineteenth century although irregular services were held until the early twentieth century. It was roofless, but substantially intact with the remains of in situ timbers and openings as described by the RCAHMW in 1913. It has since been reduced to a substantial rubble mound with a sunken interior, although the positions of the walls and a southern entrance are still visible. The walls survive to at least 1.5m in height beneath the rubble and short lengths of internal facing survive in the west, north and east walls. A raised, almost square rubble mound, extends 5m to the west of the west wall, and may represent the collapsed remains of a small west tower or bell-turret. There is no sign of a chancel to the east. The chapel is located within the northern part of a large sub-rectangular churchyard. A surviving ornamental cast iron gatepost marks the entrance midway along the western churchyard boundary from where a hollow way leads eastwards to the chapel. The churchyard boundary is defined by a low earthwork bank surmounted by the intermittent remains of iron estate railings of eighteenth or nineteenth century date on the north, east and west sides. The southern side is defined by a substantial scarp and hedge boundary. All four boundaries incorporate mature, and probably deliberately planted, rowan trees.
The monument is of national importance as a rare and well-preserved example of a medieval chapel of ease and churchyard that have not been subjected to later nineteenth or twentieth century alteration or development. It is likely to retain substantial buried structural remains and evidence of the construction and development of both chapel and enclosure, and potentially of associated burials. The monument retains high potential to enhance our knowledge and understanding of medieval ecclesiastical architecture, and religious and funerary practices.
The scheduled area comprises the remains described above and an area around them within which related evidence might be expected to survive. The scheduled monument boundary is coterminous with the outer edge of the graveyard boundary. It is an irregular rectangle in shape on plan measuring 70m by 55m.
This monument has been afforded Interim Protection under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979. It is an offence to damage this monument and you may be prosecuted.
To find out more about Interim Protection, please visit the statutory notices page on the Cadw website. For further information about this monument, or to report any damage please contact Cadw.
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