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Church of Saint Michael and All Angels

A Grade II* Listed Building in Clyro, Powys

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.0872 / 52°5'14"N

Longitude: -3.1495 / 3°8'58"W

OS Eastings: 321335

OS Northings: 243834

OS Grid: SO213438

Mapcode National: GBR F0.BMDH

Mapcode Global: VH6BB.CSBS

Entry Name: Church of Saint Michael and All Angels

Listing Date: 31 January 1995

Last Amended: 31 January 1995

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 15196

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: Orientated south west/north east in rubble-walled subcircular churchyard in village centre.

County: Powys

Community: Clyro (Cleirwy)

Community: Clyro

Built-Up Area: Clyro

Traditional County: Radnorshire

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History

Rebuilding of 1853 in Decorated style by Thomas Nicholson, architect of Hereford. The lower stages of the tower are earlier, perhaps C14, the clock stage was added in 1894. The renowned diarist, ReváFrancisáKilvert was curate of this church from 1865 to 1872. There are numerous references to this church in Kilvert's Diary, and it is during his Clyro years that the most highly regarded volumes of his Diary were written.

Exterior

Nave, north aisle, chancel, west tower, south porch, lean-to vestry on north side of chancel. Rubble with freestone dressings, slate roofs. Unbuttressed tower with plinth and slight batter. Battlemented top stage with clock. At the base on the west side is a small ogee headed light. Nave and aisle have 2-light cusped windows and west end of aisle has flamboyant traceried window.

In the churchyard numerous chest tombs and headstones and the village war memorial. On the east side a lychgate.

Interior

Simply detailed interior with plastered walls. Tall pointed chancel arch with painted inscription around it. Arcade of four bays with octagonal piers and richly moulded capitals to north aisle. Brattished wall plate, exposed slender common rafter roof with two collars and diagonal braces. Ogee headed door to west tower. In chancel window embrasure an early piscina with ogee panelled back formed from two large stone blocks. Tiled floor. In the nave the numbered low box pews with doors of 1853 are retained. Other C19 fittings include altar back, panelled pulpit up stone steps, octagonal font with Decorated ornament. Five bells recast in 1887. Stained glass in chancel, also to a window in the west wall inserted in 1889 to block the former singing gallery. Wall monuments to Venables and Beaven families and another to ReváFrancisáKilvert in the north aisle.

Reasons for Listing

Grade II* primarily for exceptional historic interest associated with Rev Francis Kilvert.

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