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Welcome to St Cadoc's Llancarfan

Where the Christian faith has been practised for 1500 years

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19th April 2021

The church of St. Cadoc at Llancarfan [CF623AD] is the focus of this small and charming village in the heart of Vale of Glamorgan. The village sits 15 miles from Cardiff, ten minutes from the mighty Severn, and 7 miles from the fruitful market town of Cowbridge.

Like the church’s bells, its pastoral call echoes well beyond the ears of regular worshippers, and villagers take a pride in their church’s beauty and antiquity. Just as they defended their local hostelry – the Fox & Hounds – by a village ‘buy out’ when it was threatened, so villagers cherish the history & continuity of a church that continues to reveal cultural secrets, hidden for centuries.

You will find an ever-growing wealth of things to do during a trip to St. Cadoc’s, the historical Llancarfan valley, and the blissful Vale of Glamorgan. Sponsorship from benevolent donors, and significant funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Cadw, is enabling the church’s re-discovery, conservation & interpretation of lost – or misunderstood – cultural treasures.

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Full of hidden treasures

The Wall Paintings at St Cadoc’s

A Unique Discovery

In 2005/6, we had the roof of the South Aisle at St Cadoc’s renewed and as part of that exercise some of the Wall Plates, which had been destroyed by Death Watch Beetle had to be replaced, during this some of the lime wash knocked off the wall and a ‘Red Line’ was found beneath, which indicated that there was almost certainly a major wall painting beneath, as we already knew from somewhat amateurish exploration previously that the wall was definitely painted.

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