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Capel Dyddgen

The ruins of Capel Dyddgen from the road

This is a little ruined church in a field between Crwbin and Felindre. The building is on private land but can be viewed through a gate. The ivy-covered tower is still clearly visible but the walls of the nave and chancel are little more than heaps of stone.

In their book Lost Churches of Wales and the Marches, Paul Davis and Susan Lloyd-Fern suggest that the church may have been built to serve the weavers from the local woollen mills, seven of which were on the Drysgeirch stream just west of the church. It was a prosperous little community which could afford to add a tower to its church in the fifteenth century. Alternatively, the church may have been established to symbolize the power of Christianity over the pagan ritual sites on Mynydd Llangyndeyrn.

The building was in ruins by the beginning of the nineteenth century, when the Pembrokeshire antiquarian Richard Fenton described it as ‘the ruins of a very neat chapel, the shell pretty entire, a neat tower with battlements and a handsome archway leading to the chancel’. All this has gone, and the tumbled stones with their covering of vegetation are only a little more impressive than the much earlier religious sites on the mountain above.

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