Above And Beyond...

By BobsBlips

Church On The Hill

I'm often in Llantrisant as that's where The Welsh Blood Service is based, and you cannot miss The Church on the hill as it dominates the skyline. So after my call there I headed 'up' to Old Llantrisant to take an aerial photograph of it. It's a stuning early medieval church.

The Parish Church called The Church of Three Saints is found just off the Bull Ring (Swan Street)in the historic part the town. The Church is dedicated to three saints: Illtyd, Gwynno and Dyfodwg. The site of Llantrisant Parish Church has been used for Christian worship for over 1300 years and the present building was built by the Earl of Glamorgan, Hugh de Spencer.

The Church building, listed by Cadw, was rebuilt in Norman style around 1246 and underwent two further major restorations in the nineteenth century. A great deal of additional work has also been carried out since 1963. Most recently work has involved the repointing of the tower, restoring the tiled roof to its medieval appearance, and the very recent installation of a major new heating system.

Within the building itself there are a number of points of interest. The east Window behind the altar features a stained glass picture of the Crucifixion depicting a beardless Christ.

In addition to a Norman Font the building also features a baptistry where adults have the option of being baptised by total immersion. Adjacent to the main altar is the oldest item in the Church known as the 'Resurrection Stone', this is a slab of grey stone with three crosses roughly scratched into the surface. The central cross is a Celtic Wheel cross and the stone is thought to originate from as far back as the 7th century.

Wideangle Wednesday Challenge -

There were 19 entries correctly tagged 'widwed40' which invited entries on the theme of 'stones'. It's the last theme entry for a while, so the next lot of Wednesdays take photo's on the day of whatever pleases you! Next weeks tag will be 'widwed41'.

The results in order of preference for this weeks challenge are: -

1.  MildlyOffensive                Olympic Stone Memorial
2.  60plus                               Stone gateposts
3.  Syetuttle                            brickwall fisheye
4.  Mindseye                           Manchester stone building

5.  Hesscat                             An amusing take  - Young Rolling  stones!             

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