Location: Llansantffraed-juxta-Usk, Brecknockshire
Surnames/tags: CHURCH CEMETARY WELSH_CEMETERIES
St. Ffraid's church. (St. Bridget)
This historic church stands close to the River Usk, in an area of archaeological interest. Llansantffraed is a hamlet near Talybont-on-Usk. Its church is dedicated to St Ffraed, the Welsh name for St Bride or St Bridget. The Welsh poet Henry Vaughan (1621-95) is buried in the churchyard, which looks out over the River Usk.
Llansantffraed is a spread out community to the north east of the River Usk opposite Talybont-on-Usk. There are a few houses near the church, which also serves the villages of Scethrog and Talybont-on-Usk.
The church was completely rebuilt in 1885 although it retains some elegant 17th and 18th century monuments. It is a Victorian architectural gem. It also has a fine acoustic and is regularly used for concerts. A guide book is on sale in the church. For further information on the church building, click here for the Brecknockshire Churches Survey page. Llansantffraed and Henry Vaughan heritage
The famous 17th century poet and physician, Henry Vaughan, was born and lived nearby. He lies buried in a peaceful location under a yew tree in the churchyard, well signposted from the churchyard gate. There is a Henry Vaughan Visitor Area in the church which is open to visitors at advertised times. An annual programme of events linked to Henry Vaughan, including concerts and a memorial service, is arranged. For more information, see the Brecknock Society’s webpage on Llansantffraed Heritage.
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