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St Cadoc's Church, Llancarfan
Mural of Saint George and the Dragon

St Cadoc's Church, Llancarfan is a Grade I listed building in Llancarfan, in the Vale of Glamorgan, south Wales. It dates from the 13th century[1] and became a Grade I listed building on 28 January 1963.[2] It is one of several churches in Wales dedicated to St Cadoc, but it was at Llancarfan that the saint is believed to have served as abbot of, or possibly founded, a monastery of some importance. The name "Llancarfan" means "church of the stags".[3] The church once had a chancel window said to be a masterpiece of stained glass. During the reign of Oliver Cromwell a local man named Whitton Bush destroyed the window by repeatedly beating it while shouting "Down with the Whore of Babylon!"[4]

In 2013, restoration work was carried out on medieval wall paintings discovered at the church in 2008. When layers of limewash were removed, it was found that the topics depicted include the Seven Deadly Sins and Saint George and the Dragon.[5] Further investigations suggested that the paintings are among the best surviving examples in the whole of the UK, and that the depiction of Saint George and the Dragon is the largest on the subject from that period, as well as the most complete. Another painting deals with the unusual topic of "Death and the Gallant". Their date has been estimated at the second half of the 15th century.[6]


  1. ^ Carly Hilts (16 December 2011). "News: Dragons, Death and Deadly Sins". Current Archaeology. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  2. ^ "St Cadoc's Parish Church, Llancarfan, Llancarfan". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  3. ^ Chandlery, Peter (1912). "Welsh Monastic Foundations". The Catholic Encyclopedia. Robert Appleton Company. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  4. ^ y Foblallt, Craig (18 February 1860). "Notes on the History of Llancarfan, Glamorganshire". The North Wales Chronicle and Advertiser for the Principality. p. 3. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Welsh church uncovers stunning medieval wall paintings". BBC News. 6 December 2013. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  6. ^ "Welsh History Month: Lost treasures of a village church". WalesOnline. 30 September 2014. Retrieved 5 May 2016.

Coordinates: 51°25′22″N 3°21′57″W / 51.42285°N 3.36595°W / 51.42285; -3.36595