St Rhydian & St Illtyd’s Church, Llanrhidian, SA3 1EH
The original ‘Llan’ probably dates back to the 6th century, as there was once an inscribed stone (now lost) in the area. The tower and chancel are 13th century and the nave was rebuilt in the Victorian era. A large stone block named the ‘Parson’s Bed’ tops the massive west tower, which was originally a fire beacon to give warning of enemies approaching by land or sea. In the porch is the ‘leper stone’ bearing representations of human and animal figures. This was discovered buried near the tower and is dated back to the 9th or 10th centuries. It might have Viking origins, being possibly a hog-back tombstone. On the green outside are the remains of an 11th century wheel cross known as the ‘Pillory’ (or whipping) Stone.
For a more detailed history of this church, click HERE
St Rhidian and the Valley of the Saints
Near Carhaix in Brittany in the village of Carnoët a major project is underway to create giant granite statues of saints, including a statue of St Rhydian. For more information (in English) and a video presentation (in French) click HERE.