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New community role for church

Created on 28/04/2022 @ 10:18


A 15th Century church is set to undergo a transformation to broaden its appeal and use for the local community.

Llangyniew Church, near Llanfair Caereinion, has been successful in gaining planning permission to convert half of the building into a meeting place for social activities, to include a kitchen and disabled toilets.

And it will be holding an open weekend on Saturday and Sunday to share those plans between 10am-3pm on both days. 

“We would very much like to hear from individuals, families and organisations that would be interested in using this facility after completion and we extend a very warm welcome to you all in the area to visit and join with us with light refreshments,” said churchwarden, Barry Thomas.

The plans will be on display and it is hoped that the architect will also be on hand during some part of one of the days.


According to Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust, the church is dedicated to St Cynyw, a 6th century saint, although it is suggested that at some stage in the past its dedication was to All Saints.

It was recorded as 'Capella de Llankenwy' with a value of 5s in the Norwich Taxation of 1254 and appeared as 'Ecclesia de Llangenwyk' at œ4 in Pope Nicholas' taxation of 1291.

The present church is thought to have been built sometime between 1450 and 1500 AD. The present porch, screen, font, south door and some of the windows date to this period.

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