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LLANBADARN FAWR CHURCH.

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LLANBADARN FAWR CHURCH. The British Architect for this week contains a. series of well-executed sketches of this fine old church, brawn by Mr T. Raffles Davison, together with the following letter-press description :-One of the most solemn and severe-looking old grey church- es to be seen is the old Cathedral of Llaabadam Fawr. This fine old Welsh church, with its great central tower, is a picturesque object from many points of view, as it dominates the little village of Llanbadarn, nestling on the hillside of the Ystwyth valley. The church was greatly in need of restora- tion, and this has been, in part, taken in hand, un- der the direction of Mr J. P. Seddon, of West- minster, in an admirable manner, no points of in. terest in the old work having been lost. The treatment of the tower crossing inside is unusually fiue and dignified. Mr Seddon has put a boarded barrel over the nave, with bosses on the ribs, similar to the old dilapidated roof which is shown in my sketch as now existing in the chancel. The singular feature of the exterior is the tower, 40 feet square, with the regularly disposed square holes over all its sides. If the restoration funds permit the covering of this by a lofty plain spire, as Mr Seddon suggests, tha effect of the whole will be splendid. The pulpit- is the gift of the present Bishop of St David's, as a memorial of his mother. The lectern I have not seen one like be- fore. It is a combination of stone and fatienee Leaving out of question any difference of cost be tween carving of stone and modelling of clay, the advantage this faience possesses is the excellent colouring in which it may be produced. The light blue grey of this eagle, which is emphasised by the running of the glaze, forming dark colour in all the lines and hollows of the modelling, is very charming, acd makes a delightful contrast between the light stone below and the wood reading board above. The ball on which the eagle stands, and the plate by which it is secured to the book board, are a rich dark blue. I have sketched a bit of the only re- maining carved work in the church, the south-west door, which shows the very early character of it. The door has three orders of shaits and roll mould- ings, There is no old church in the country with more ef simply impressive dignity about it, and the addi- tions of the spire and of a rich and effective chancel end are much to be desired, and should be gladly- subscribed for by those in the locality who ar& pleased to worship in so fine a church.

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