St Martin of Tours

You can catch glimpses of Cwmyoy's 13th century church from the road as it winds up the Vale of Ewyas, and even from afar the leaning tower is very apparent.

Cwmyoy, Monmouthshire

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Closer to, the lean is all the more dramatic, and it is not just the tower: the different elements of the building are at different angles to one another. But the church is stable, the tower buttressed, and the nave walls long braced with additional beams. All these leanings are because the church was built on what turned out to be an unstable hillside that was made up of debris from an Ice Age landslide.

Inside, arches, floors and windows are at different angles, making the view up the nave into the chancel truly memorable. But it is also beautiful, neat and simple, with many memorials on the walls. The majority of these were made by the Butes, a family of stonemasons who carved memorials for churches across the Black Mountains.

In the nave is a stone cross with a figure of Jesus crucified upon it, possibly 13th century. The cross was stolen in 1967 but, by good fortune, was spotted in a London antique dealer's shop by an expert from the British Museum and subsequently returned to Cwmyoy.

The tiny population takes great care of its wonderful, eccentric church, and feels very affectionately towards it, even although the responsibility of looking after such a special building is enormous.

  • Social heritage stories

  • National heritage here

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Parking within 250m

  • On street parking at church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Church in Wales

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