Photo: Water cascading over Caban Coch
by David Chandler

Church Visiting

Group Leader: Robert Bevan - robert@u3a-llandrindod.org.uk

We meet at the Lakeside at 10am on the 3rd Wednesday of each month and share transport.

Message from Robert Bevan, the group leader:

As many of you will know the Church Visiting group has been in existence since October 2009 and since then we have visited, and sometimes re-visited, 162 churches. It has all been great fun and sharing my love of these places with such a delightful group of friends has been the best thing. The pub lunches have been good too!

I am proposing to extend our ‘winter break’ at least for this year and leaving it as an open question as to if and when we recommence.

Would anyone like to step into Robert's shoes? If so please contact either Robert Bevan or Stephen Ashley.

 

The ancient church at Wigmore.
Photo by Tony Hodges.

You can see more photos of our visit to Wigmore Church in our photo gallery

For their May expedition the Church Visiting Group called at Saint Stephen's Church, Old Radnor and St Mary's Eardisland. St Stephen's is probably the most interesting of all Radnorshire's churches. It was rebuilt in the early 15th century after the destruction caused by the conflict with Owain Glyndwr and contains some artefacts of exceptional interest - the fine screen; an 8th century font of massive proportions; the oldest organ case in the United Kingdom; a late 15th century St Catherine's stained glass window and a selection of medieval tiles and much else.

Lunch at the New Inn in Pembridge was greatly enjoyed by the culturally exhausted members of the group!

Medieval tiles in Old Radnor Church - photo by Berwyn Woolnough

You can see more photos of our visit to Old Radnor Church in our photo gallery

 

The group visiting Leominster Priory in March 2016 - photo by Adele Bevan

Following our visit to St Andrew’s Church Presteigne in February for our March meeting the group paid a second visit to the Priory of St Peter and St Paul at Leominster which is one of the outstanding Norman churches in Herefordshire.

We looked at the west doorway with its sculpted capitals of birds, beasts and snakes dating from about 1150 and being examples of the famous Herefordshire School of Sculpture which flourished in the area at that time.

Inside the church we admired the solid Norman circular columns with their scalloped capitals, the blocked triforium above the arcades and the massed ballflower ornament as well as the superb stained glass (some of it by Kempe with his traditional corn sheaf signature) and, of course, the famous ducking stool.

Our exhausting morning of architectural study was followed by the usual convivial lunch at the Stockton Cross Inn.

You can see more photos of our visits in our Gallery pages

 

Previous Visits

We have explored many churches chiefly in the Herefordshire Shropshire and Powys area.

Apart from studying some fascinating buildings we have discovered remote parts of the Marches which most people never see.

Each trip has concluded with a convivial pub meal in the company of like-minded people. What a wonderful way to spend a third Wednesday each month

Our main objective has been to look at the buildings themselves and to hear something of their history and architectural development over the centuries. We have looked at ancient screens at Llananno and Ludlow, a detached tower at Pembridge and the remains of the abbey at Llanthony. Our visits have taken us to splendid churches, such as Weobley and Presteigne as well as to isolated rural churches at Capel y Ffin and Cascob.

Visits are usually arranged month by month so it's difficult to give a running programme but all visits will be within roughly a 30/40 mile radius of Llandrindod - until we run out of churches!

Watch out for News updates on this site or contact the Group Leader at robert@u3a-llandrindod.org.uk