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Yew/Yews at Llanfeugan - ancient and veteran

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Site notes: This exceptional yew site contains 12 yews around the church, of which 2 are classified as ancient and 7 as veteran. The remaining 3 are seen at Llanfeugan-notable. The location may be spelt any of the following ways: Llanfeugan, Llanfeigan, Llanfigan, Llanveigan, Llanvigan. To confuse matters further it is sometimes known as Pencelli. 'The location and dedication point to an early medieval origin for the first church at Llanfeugan, some sources positing a 7thC foundation' (CPAT). Additional notes from Peter Norton: St Meugan is a relatively obscure saint, but his name is referred to both in the 5th and 7th centuries.The dedication and the location together suggest that this was an early medieval foundation, and when around 1272 the Lord of Pencelli built a new church, the centre of worship was not moved to Pencelli Castle less than one kilometre to the north-east, but remained here as a clear sign of a pre-existing ecclesiastical focus.
Yews recorded at this site: 2 ancient, 7 veteran Country: Wales
Protection & Responsibility: OS Map No. & Grid Ref: 160/SO08662454
Site type: churchyard Public access: Yes
Church name: St Meugan Lost yew site: No
Diocese: Swansea and Brecon Date Visited: 02-Jan-12
Nearest town: Brecon Recorded by: Tim Hills
County: Powys

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