Ss Rhydian and Illtyd, Llanrhidian

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.
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If you are looking to stamp your pilgrimage passport for this church, the relevant stamp for each church is located in a box at or near the church door, or in some cases the box may be attached to a nearby tree or notice board.

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.

Celtic standing stone on the green in front of the church. It is what remains of an ancient Celtic wheel-cross.
The Mill
St Rhydian sunset
Inscription at the church gate in memory of the lost village of Llanelen – Folklore tells us that a medieval ship, returning from a cruise abroad, foundered in the Burry Estuary and the survivors climbed ashore and up the hill to the sanctuary of Llanelen. The kindly villagers welcomed the ship’s crew, unaware that they were infected with the plague. Within a week the entire village had either succumbed to the deadly illness or had fled for their lives.
Arthur’s Stone, Llanrhidian – Arthur’s Stone, sometimes known as Maen Ceti, is a Neolithic burial tomb dating back to 2500 B.C. and was one of the first sites to be protected under the Ancient Monuments Act of 1882.

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