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St Brothen's Church, Llanfrothen
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St Brothen's Church, Llanfrothen, from the southwest
Coordinates: 52°57′01″N 4°03′08″W / 52.9503°N 4.0521°W / 52.9503; -4.0521
OS grid reference SH 622 411
Location Llanfrothen, Gwynedd
Country Wales
Denomination Church in Wales
Website Friends of Friendless Churches
Dedication Saint Brothen
Functional status Redundant
Heritage designation Grade I
Designated 30 November 1966
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic
Groundbreaking 13th century
Length 66 feet (20 m)
Width 20 feet (6 m)
Materials Stone, slate roof

St Brothen's Church, Llanfrothen, is a redundant church at the edge of the village of Llanfrothen, Gwynedd, Wales. It is designated by Cadw as a Grade I listed building because it is "a fine Medieval church retaining much of exterior and interior interest". It is under the care of the Friends of Friendless Churches.


According to tradition, the church is built on a site founded in the late 6th century by Saint Brothen, reputedly one of the seven sons of the legendary Helig ap Glanawg. Most of the fabric of the present church dates from the 13th century. It was re-roofed in the 15th century, and the south porch and the bellcote were probably added in the 17th century. The church was restored in 1844, and a further restoration took place later in the same century when new windows were installed in the nave and the floor was tiled. It was vested with the charity the Friends of Friendless Churches in 2002, who hold a 999-year lease with effect from 1 January 2005.

The churchyard is the resting place of Richard Humphreys and Margaret Wynn, parents of Humphrey Humphreys who was Bishop of Bangor and then Hereford.



St Brothen's Church is built on a site that slopes from the west to the east, and the floor of the church slopes correspondingly. It is constructed in local stone, with a slate roof. The plan of the church consists of a simple rectangle forming the nave and the chancel, and it has a south porch. It measures 66 feet (20 m) long by 20 feet (6 m) wide. On the west gable is a double bellcote. The east window is a triple lancet, the central window being larger than the others; the west window is a single lancet. In the north wall is a blocked doorway.


Inside the church are old-fashioned box pews, some of which date from the 19th-century restoration, while others were reconstructed at that time from 17th and 18th-century box pews. The floor is tiled with red and black Victorian quarry tiles. The octagonal stone font dates from the 15th century and is in English Gothic Perpendicular style. The oak pulpit is also octagonal, simple in design, and dates from the 17th century. Also in oak is the reading desk, dated 1671. Behind the 15th-century altar is a reredos consisting of a curved beam supported by two medieval newel posts. Between the nave and the chancel is a rood screen, again in oak, with a central opening and four further openings on each side. Tree-ring dating has shown that the wood used for making it came from trees felled between 1496 and 1506.

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