St Michael

Built 1886-90 by Nicholson of Hereford on land given by WE Powell of Nanteos, it replaced a church of 1833 by Edward Haycock of Shrewsbury.

About this church

St Michael's is some 40m from the foreshore and some 30m east of Aberystwyth Castle.

The first Church was opened in 1787, and was situated to the west of the Assembly Rooms. It is described as a small building that had taken 20 years to build.

The existing large and prosperous late-Victorian building is of 1889-90 by R Nicolson of Hereford. It is constructed of Yorkshire stone with Bromsgrove dressings and Westmorland green slates, in English Decorated style. The west end and tower were completed to an altered design in 1905-1906 by Nicolson and Hartree. The elaborately carved sedilia, piscina, font and Last Supper reredos are by Boulton and Sons of Cheltenham. The carved oak lectern is by Clarke of Hereford to Nicholson's design. Of the stained glass, the east window and north aisle east window are both of 1889, by AO Hemming, in the strong colours of Clayton and Bell. The four later south aisle windows are of 1903, also by Hemming. The north aisle window of 1914 is by Powell.

A few of the early 19th century monuments have been removed to the west porch. The west memorial in the north aisle is by Chantrey.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Wildlife haven

Visitors information

  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • Café within 500m
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

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All Saints is on a quiet road that must once have been the original route linking the small harbours at Clarach, Wallog and Borth to the port at Aberystwyth.


St Michael

St Michael's, Llanfihangel-Genau Glyn in Welsh, is set in a picturesque location, overlooked by a dramatic wooded slope and surrounded by the riches of nature.

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