(1552) THE PARISH CHURCH OF ST. CEIDIO

THE PARISH CHURCH OF ST. CEIDI01 (Plate 39), standing on a hillock within a circular raised churchyard, is an undivided structure 29 ft. by 15ft. The walls are of roughly coursed boulders, the upper courses rebuilt. The W. gable
with its bell-cote and doorway, the windows and the roof covering are modern. The roof utilises three trusses of ca. 1500, which are arch-braced, the  soffits  plain chamfered, and have diagonal struts cusped to form a quatrefoil between trefoils. Only the truss against the E. gable is certainly in situ. The modern wind-braces may use cuts originally provided.

Fittings.-Bracket: stone, in E. wall, S. of the E. window at the level of its sill. Tablet: slate, in E. wall, inscribed with quotation I Cor. xi, 28 (in Welsh), and ‘Rhodd Mrs. Elinor Parry o Penarth.’ Basin (Plate 35): set in sill of S.W. window, about 12 ins. deep, I ft. 10.5 ins. long and I0.5 ins. wide, with levelled rim; cf font at Bryncroes (No. 1530). Plate: (i) Silver chalice (Plate 39), inverted bell-shaped bowl on baluster stem with splayed foot; on the bowl is engraved a laurel wreath
encircling a shield of arms, a stag statant (Llywarch Hwlbwrch)
impaling Owain Gwynedd; under the foot is cut ‘Benedictione
Dei res parva crescit’; maker’s mark WC in a shield above a heart, and London date-letter I638-9. Height 6.25 ins. (ii) Silver paten on base, the edge of the bowl roll-moulded; under the foot W/RE/1735 showing marks of erasure; maker’s mark TT with crown and rose in a shield (Thomas Tearle) , and London date-letter 1723-4. Diameter 6.5 ins. Seating: initials cut in re-used pew-ends in a style characteristic of ca. 1750; on the S., (i) T. P. I. Esqr, (ii) Mrs Owens; on the N., (iii) Revr Mr W. O. Memorial: Stone slab in churchyard, to Grace Meredeth, 1699.

Condition: mostly rebuilt.

SH 28783821                                         8 x 56                                      31 S.E.

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