In Focus - St Mary's, Capel-y-Ffin

One of the unsung features of all our Welsh Overland Safari’s are the various church’s and chapels we pass (and often stop and visit whilst out and about in the “luxury” mini bus)!

For instance on our popular Abergwesyn Pass tour we stop at the most remote chapel in Wales; Soar y Mynydd in the heart of the Cambrian Mountains and on our tours of the Brecon Beacons we visit St Martins church in Cwmyoy and the Church of St Issui in Patricio (our very own leaning tower).

So in this mini series we will feature a church or chapel on our tours. The first of which is the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Capel-y-Ffin near Hay on Wye which can be accessed on our Central Beacons Tour!

Image Credit: Breconbeacons.org

Image Credit: Breconbeacons.org

St Marys Chapel was built in 1762 on the site of a medieval place of worship and pilgrimage. Two headstones by Eric Gill can be found in the churchyard.

So what makes this chapel so special?

It recently featured on Will Milards, Hidden Wales series; According to legend, a vision of the Virgin Mary appeared to a Norman lady whilst she was in the field in which the church now stands.

St Mary's is surrounded by seven ancient yew trees. In the churchyard are the base of an old stone cross and two small headstones carved by the sculptor Eric Gill. He lived in the village for most of his life and used to enrapture audiences with his readings from Malory in this churchyard. It is a very peaceful and picturesque spot.

The interior features a wooden gallery and ancient font. 

Source: http://www.breconbeacons.org/capel-y-ffin-church-st-mary-virgin

Andrew Williams