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St Melangell's Church, Powys Traditional Cache

Hidden : 05/07/2008
2 out of 5
2 out of 5

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Geocache Description:

A small clip-down box hidden beside the church of St Melangell deep in the Powys countryside.

St Melangell's is one of the loveliest small churches in Britain, and one of the most remote. Its famous shrine and the Saint Melangell Centre close by attract many visitors, but not enough to disturb its tranquillity.

Melangell was a female saint of the 7th century. According to tradition she came here from Ireland and lived as a hermit in the valley. One day Brochwel, Prince of Powys, was hunting and pursued a hare which took refuge under Melangell's cloak. The Prince's hounds fled, and he was moved by her courage and sanctity. He gave her the valley as a place of sanctuary, and Melangell became Abbess of a small religious community. After her death her memory continued to be honoured, and Pennant Melangell has been a place of pilgrimage for many centuries. Melangell remains the patron saint of hares.

There has been a Christian Church here for over 1200 years. Its setting, in a place of great beauty deep in the Berwyn Mountains, is peaceful and unspoilt. The church stands in a round churchyard, once a Bronze Age site, ringed by ancient yew trees estimated to be two thousand years old. Parts of the building date from the 12th Century though the most recent, a rebuilding of the apse on its original foundations, was completed only in 1990. The impression is still that of a simple Norman church, well loved and beautified over the years.

The cache may be found very close to the church. There is a small prize waiting for the first to find! Please be sensitive to the fact that this place is used as a peaceful retreat for people at the nearby centre, and take care to rehide the cache carefully after you have found it. Thank you!

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