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Llagathen Church (Bishop Rudd's Tomb)

Llagathen Church (Bishop Rudd's Tomb)

Anthony Rudd was bishop of St David's from 1594 to 1615. Known for an unfortunate sermon that he preached before Elizabeth I when she was 63. She took exception to his references to her extreme old age, and from that time onwards, his hopes of being made Archbishop of Canterbury were dashed. Around 1600 he acquired the Aberglasney estate, and when he died his wife built this impressive bedstead tomb in the local church at Llangathen. The Church is usually closed but the grave yard commands a great view overlooking the Towy valley. It contains many curiously carved monuments. Most impressive of all however are the ring of ancient Yew trees which must, methinks even predate this ancient Christian site.

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