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Llanfiangel ar Arth

 

An ancient village in the north of the county centred on the crossroads of the B4336 and B4459. The Church of St Michael stands at the northern end of the village just over 200 metres from the River Teifi. The village takes its name from the Welsh St Mihangel, (St Michael the Archangel ) and was previously known as Llanfiangel Ioreth. The church is 12th century, with the south nave added in the 15th century. There are some recently added stained glass windows, one of which is by the celebrated 20th century French designer Gabriel Loire and the lych gate was added in 2003. An indication of the age of the original church on this site can be found in the church vestry. Dating from the 4th or 5th century is a stone dug up from the churchyard bearing the inscription “HIC JACET ULCAGNIUS FILIUS SENOMACILI” or “'Here lies Ulcagnus son of Senomaglus” There is also a stone coffin lid or early altar table bearing five inscribed crosses. The church is kept locked, but the key is available from the Eagle Inn opposite. The Celtic Saint Llawddog was known to have been active in this area in the 6th century and it is believed that he set up a monastic community on a spur overlooking the Teifi. The original church was rebuilt in 717. It is likely that the site had pre Christian significance which is usual when the dedication is to St Michael.

There was a bridge across the River Teifi as far back as the 13th century and a fine stone bridge crosses the river today. Built around 1850 it has a 72 foot span.

The village is largely agricultural with a major electrical power distribution depot. To the west of the village is the motte of a motte and Bailey Castle.

 

Latin inscription on tomb

 

A stone coffin lid or altar table

 

Window designed by Gabriel Loire