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Llanfeugan - ancient

Nearest town: Brecon

Site type: churchyard

Access: Public

Church name: St Meugan

Diocese: Swansea and Brecon

County: Powys

Country: Wales

Grid ref: SO0870524547

Lost yew site: No

Date visited: 2-Jan-12

Recorded by: Tim Hills

Protection & responsibility: Church in Wales

Yews recorded at this site: Ancient 5m-7m, Ancient 7m+

Notes: Lewis's 1833 Topographical Dictionary of Wales reported that 'the churchyard contains some of the finest yew-trees in South Wales: one of them is nine and a half yards, and another seven and a half, in girth; and though the trees are generally of a very great age, their trunks are mostly perfectly sound'. This exceptional yew site contains twelve yews around the church, of which two are classified as ancient (7m+) and seven as ancient (5/7m). The remaining three are seen at Llanfeugan-ancient and notable. This location may be spelt in 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.

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Yew trees at Llanfeugan - ancient:

Tree ID Location Photo Yews recorded Girth
107 Llanfeugan - ancient Ancient 7m+ 939cm at the ground - view more info
3820 Llanfeugan - ancient Ancient 7m+ 915cm at the ground - view more info
104 Llanfeugan - ancient Ancient 5m-7m 655cm at 60cm - view more info
108 Llanfeugan - ancient Ancient 5m-7m 640cm at the ground - view more info
103 Llanfeugan - ancient Ancient 5m-7m 538cm at 90cm - view more info
101 Llanfeugan - ancient Ancient 5m-7m 536cm at 90cm - view more info
100 Llanfeugan - ancient Ancient 5m-7m 521cm at 90cm - view more info
106 Llanfeugan - ancient Ancient 5m-7m 505cm at 90cm - view more info
3823 Llanfeugan - ancient Ancient 5m-7m 500cm at narrowest - view more info