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Deep in the Black Mountains is an ancient oval churchyard. It encloses a sandstone rubble church that has clung to the slope for over 800 years. A sundial by the porch has been telling the time since 1686. Inside, an oxblood roodscreen has survived against the odds.

The screen dominates the interior at Llanelieu. It was carved in the 14th century and painted with ox’s blood. The red is peppered with stencilled white roses. In the centre, a cross is picked out in bare wood- a reminder of the crucifix that was lost during the Reformation.

The screen is supported by six moulded legs. Originally, these would have been enclosed with panelling to create two small side altars. On the eastern face of the screen, facing the altar, is a beam, from which was hung the Lenten veil.

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