StMary Church Village in South Wales
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St. Mary Church, Cowbridge, Vale Of Glamorgan, South Wales, UK.


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The village of Llanfair (St Mary Church) is named after the parish Church which so dominates its existence. The Church is dedicated to the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and, although originally built in the 13th century, what we see today largely dates from the Victorian era, the Church having been extensively restored in 1862.

The churchyard is roughly circular and, because it is strategically placed in an elevated position, it is certainly possible that the site may have pre-Christian origins. To support this there is clear evidence of an Iron Age enclosure to your left as you approach the village at Howe Mill. Unlike the English word ”°Church”± the Welsh word ”°Llan”±, which is found in so many place names in Wales, refers not only to the structure itself but also the ground which surrounds it, in effect the churchyard. The extent of the ”°Llan”± is visible today and is represented by the low wall around the Church. In medieval times it may also have incorporated some of the land we now know as the ”°Spinney”± and almost certainly the Old Rectory and the graveyard. The concentric settlement growing around a Church is a common feature in many Vale villages, nearby St Hilary being one example. However, Llanfair is a particularly good example, possibly because the village has never been as extensively populated (and de-populated) as other Vale villages.

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