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Church of St. Michael and All Angels
Llanvihangel Crucorney shown within Monmouthshire
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Llanvihangel Crucorney (Welsh: Llanfihangel Crucornau) is a small village in Monmouthshire, south east Wales. It is located 5 miles (8.0 km) north of Abergavenny and 18 miles (29 km) south-west of Hereford, England on the A465 road.
History, amenities and architecture
The Skirrid Mountain Inn is one of the oldest public houses in Wales, and dates from at least 1110. The village also has a church, St Michael and All Angels, a primary school, and a mixture of housing types ranging from Llanvihangel Court, a Tudor period country mansion to recently built executive-style homes. A nearby hotel, the Allt Yr Ynys Country Hotel, is centred on a 16th-century manor once owned by William Cecil, Lord Burghley, chief minister to Queen Elizabeth I for much of her reign.
In addition to Llanvihangel Court, the village is the site of two other Grade I listed buildings; Court Farm Barn and Llwyn-celyn farmhouse. The barn at Court Farm is of the eighteenth century whilst Llwyn-celyn farm originated as a medieval stone hall house, and has some "quite exceptional" early interior features including original arch braced trusses.
Pen-y-Clawdd Court, 1 mile (1.6 km) to the southwest of the village, is a Tudor manor house thought to date from circa 1625. The remains of an adjoining Norman motte and bailey castle are still discernible. Its history is not well documented, but it is thought to date from the late 11th century when Roger de Hastings was building castles in the area. Pen-y-Clawdd Court is built in an L-shaped plan on the site of a medieval manor. There have been various later alterations and additions and the house has been carefully restored. It is a maze of rooms set at different levels with low ceilings and a wealth of architectural detail. In the early 20th century it was said to have been a "roomy mansion with the remains of walls enclosing gardens but the whole had become sadly neglected." It is a Grade I listed building as of 5 June 1952.
The village is set in a rural landscape at the extreme eastern end of Brecon Beacons National Park and to the immediate east of the Black Mountains. The Skirrid or Ysgyryd Fawr lies just to the south whilst Llanthony Priory lies in the Vale of Ewyas just to the northwest. The area is farmed with a mix of sheep and dairy cattle grazing and pasture and arable crops.
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