SO2764 : St Michael's Church in Discoed / Eglwys Sant Mihangel yn Niscoed

taken 12 months ago, near to Discoed, Powys, Great Britain

St Michael's Church in Discoed / Eglwys Sant Mihangel yn Niscoed
St Michael's Church in Discoed / Eglwys Sant Mihangel yn Niscoed
Dedications to St Michael are popular in the Welsh border country, where his archangelical protection was sought against the sleeping dragons supposed to lurk in Radnor Forest - see SO0464 : Where Sleeps the Dragon. The church lies in a circular churchyard under a mound, witness to the antiquity of the site. It was rebuilt in 1869 on the old plan, thus retaining the pronounced inclination of the chancel and almost the whole of the ancient stone walls. The architect was Henry Curzon and the builders Morgan & Potter of Knighton, the total cost of the restoration being 431. The stained glass of the east window, representing the Crucifixion, is by Arthur O'Connor of London and dates from that time. The 17th-century Holy Table was in the old church, but most of the furnishings are rather more modern.

The name Discoed, though apparently Welsh and implying "under a wood", derives by false etymology from the Saxon Discote "cottage by [Offa's] Dyke" - the name of the manor as recorded in Domesday Book in 1087. The pronunciation with stress on the first syllable, as recorded by the phonetician Graham Pointon, confirms this origin. Discoed is a chapel of ease for the Parish of St Andrew in Presteigne (Llanandras), which at the disestablishment of the Welsh church in 1920 elected to remain within the Church of England and Diocese of Hereford.

The architectural historian Harry Stuart Goodhart-Rendel particularly admired this church, noting "the treatment of the join of the chancel and nave roofs, where a decorated tie-beam and low arch supporting the gable end enabled a chancel arch to be dispensed with."

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Date Taken
Friday, 30 June, 2017   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 5 July, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement  Religious sites 
Primary Subject of Photo
Church Interior 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SO 2766 6474 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:16.5618N 3:3.7009W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SO 2765 6473
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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