St Clydawg, Clodock

St Clydawg Clodock


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  • Road reference: Road signed Longtown from A465 at Pandy
  • OS Grid Ref: SO 327 275
  • Open access during daylight hours
  • Toilets on site
  • Parking Available
  • Wheelchair Access

Clodock church is dedicated to St Clydawg, King of Ewias, who was martyred about 500AD. The present building stands on the site of his tomb, beside the river Monnow and overlooked by the Black Mountains. It dates from the 12th century and is Grade 1 listed.

From the outside it is dominated by the West Tower, which has a ring of 6 bells, and the churchyard with 850 gravestones. Inside there is a magnificent three decker pulpit, said to be one of the best examples in the country, dating from the mid 17th century. Of similar ages are the box pews and minstrels’ gallery, below which are stone tablets relating to Church Tithes. Traces of wall paintings can be seen and a particular treasure is the 15th century painting of the Virgin Mary in a window splay near the pulpit. The oldest possession is a 9th century tombstone. A notable burial in the new churchyard is that of Raymond Williams, a local author and scholar who was well known for his work in adult education.

We welcome visitors, the church is always open and there is provision for making tea or coffee. Also a Portaloo behind the South Porch.

Clodock Church