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Old Radnor Church of St Stephen

In the community of Old Radnor.
In the historic county of Radnorshire.
Modern authority of Powys.
Preserved county of Powys.

OS Map Grid Reference: SO24995909
Latitude 52.22486° Longitude -3.09982°

Old Radnor Church of St Stephen has been described as a Fortified Ecclesiastical site although is doubtful that it was such.

There are major building remains.

This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law*.


St Stephen's church, Old Radnor has pre-Norman foundations, however, the present church predominantly dates from rebuilding throughout the 15th century after attacks by Owen Glendower in 1401/2 but it includes earlier fabric. Restoration was carried out in 1882 by F Preedy of Worcester. It is an aisled church with a porch and tower. The flat Tudor roofs with heraldic bosses survive. Important features include the unusual and massive pre-Norman font; the screen; and the organ case of c. 1500. St Catherine is depicted in a 15th century window glass in association with Edward IV's badges: the white rose en soleil and (in the apex) the black bull. The floor of the church has many medieval tiles. (Coflein–ref. CADW listed buildings database; Hughes)

Elevated position on W flank of Old Radnor Hill in largely circular churchyard. Pre-Norman foundation. Present church predominantly dates from rebuilding throughout the C15 after attacks by Owen Glendower in 1401/2 but includes earlier fabric. Restoration of 1882 by F Preedy of Worcester. One of the finest medieval churches in Wales. (Listed Building Report)

Harrison records this as a fortified church. The church tower has cross arrow loops in the merlons of the crenellated parapet, but this a not uncommon decorative feature and may be fairly modern anyway. The tower is accessible only though a fairly small, ground floor, exterior door and has no ground floor lights. Does this really make if 'fortified'?
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