St Teilo's church

Staff: Gerallt Nash
St Teilo's Church, Llandeilo Tal-y-bont, in situ in 1984
St Teilo's Church, Llandeilo Tal-y-bont, in situ in 1984

The re-erection of St Teilo's church has enabled us to engage with the public more effectively than any other building project to-date. Since its recent opening, increasing numbers of visitors have seen at first hand how the internal fabric and decoration has been created. Through careful interpretation, links and learning pathways have been created between the church, Oriel 1 and other buildings on the site. The on-going furbishment and interpretation of the interior of St Teilo's church will focus on the finished decorative scheme and its relationship to the liturgy of the period.

Current areas of research include confirming suitable images and texts for the wall-paintings in the nave and south aisle, and identifying original images uncovered in the north chapel, together with confirming other suitable images and texts for the chancel and north chapel (with the help of two of our Honorary Research Fellows: the Rev Anthony Parkinson & Dr Madeline Gray).

Four chapters relating to the recording, re-erection and refurbishment of the church will be written for a book to be published in February 2009 (including co-ordinating and editing articles by other recognised experts). Other inputs will be the re-enactment/re-creation of the pre-Reformation Sarum Mass (in collaboration with Prof. John Harper, Daveth Frost, Dr John Morgan-Guy and others), and a Conference, to be held 15 November 2008, exploring life in the late Middle Ages, in particular its relationship to the church and worship.

Church exterior
View of the church from the south. The sacred east end, where the altars are placed, are on the right of the picture.