"LLANFIHANGEL HELYGEN, (or Llanfihangel-fach), a parish in the hundred of Rhayader, county Radnor, 5 miles S.E. of Rhayader, its post town, and 7 from Builth, and 10 W. of New Radnor. It is watered by the rivers Ithon and Dulais, and the land is under good cultivation. There is no village, only a few farm houses and cottages. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of St. David's, value with that of Llanyre annexed, £250, in the patronage of the bishop and Vicar of Nantmel alternately. The church is dedicated to St. Michael."
The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]
LLANVIHANGEL HELYGEN (LLAN - VIHANGEL HELYGEN), a parish in the hundred of RHAIADR, county of RADNOR, SOUTH WALES, 5 miles (E.) from Pen y bont, containing 101 inhabitants. This parish is situated on the river Ithon, along the banks of which, and those of the river Dulais, it extends for about five miles, and is nearly of equal breadth. The high road leading from Rhaiadr to New Radnor, and also to Kington in Herefordshire, by which the parish is intersected, passes within two miles of the church. The surface is hilly and the soil various, consisting principally of clay in the lower grounds, and being light and shallow on the hills : the lands are, with the exception of a comparatively trifling portion, enclosed and cultivated. The surrounding scenery is pleasingly varied, and from the higher grounds some good views are obtained over the adjacent country. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry of Brecknock, and diocese of St. David's, endowed with £ 800 royal bounty, and with half of the tithes of the parish, and in the patronage of the Vicar of Nantmel. The church, dedicated to St. Michael, is a small ancient edifice, consisting of a nave and chancel, and is not distinguished by any architectural details. A Sunday school is supported by subscription, for the gratuitous instruction of poor children; and a small day school in the village is partly supported by the same means. The average annual expenditure for the maintenance of the poor is £21. 19.
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