Church of St John the Baptist, Llanrothal, Herefordshire
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A church on the edge of England
This remote, whitewashed church on the Welsh border lies in an idyllic valley setting by the River Monnow.
The church is said to have been founded by a Celtic saint, St Ridol, and the dedication to St John the Baptist is thought to date from the Norman period. Rescued from ruin in 1921, it has a beautiful rustic Medieval interior.
The nave has a twelfth-century window in its north wall, while the other windows here are from the fourteenth century. The impressive south window in the chancel is clearly later, probably dating from around 1400.
A 12th century church made of “handsome stone” in a tiny parish.
A medieval treasure saved by George Gilbert Scott
Nearly 1,000 years old
Along two sides of a field on a grassy track from the lane to a level gravel path in the churchyard leading to the North chancel door. Generally flat by the edge of the field is slippery in wet conditions.
Level access to the wide west door. There is one step down to the nave. The church is a considerable distance across a field from the road, with little parking.
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating, running water or toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
5 miles north west of Monmouth; Llanrothal signed off A466 at Welsh Newton, further signed at junction to Tregate Bridge; follow brown 'historic church' tourism sign; access to church via farm gate and rough track across field
Nearest railway station: Abergavenny (10.7 miles). Bus route numbers 54/416.
History & Further Information
Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church before you visit?
You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.Herefordshire & Worcestershire County Guide
This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches we care for in Herefordshire & Worcestershire. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.
Church of St John the Baptist, Llanrothal, is in our west region.
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