Cold War Warrior

Cold War Warrior

Posted on 07/01/2014

Photo taken on June 25, 2014

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St Mary's Church, Builth Wells, Powys 25 June 2014

St Mary's Church, Builth Wells, Powys 25 June 2014
A sarcophagus symbolises mortality, death; to reinforce this for those upon whom this is lost, the inscription "Remember Death". The sarcophagus, as is often seen, is supported on lion's paws; the lion represents strength and loyalty, and is also regarded as a guardian of the tomb against evil spirits. The acanthus corner pieces represent the escape from the tomb, immortality.
The tower of St Mary's dates from around 1300 but was subsequently increased in height; the remainder of the church was rebuilt in 1875. Prior to The Reformation, the church was served by the monks of Brecon Priory. After this, incumbents are listed from 1574. Inside the porch is an effigy of John Lloyd who died in 1585 and was the first Sheriff and Justice of The Peace in Wales, and who was also appointed "Squire to the body of Queen Elizabeth I". A plaque outside states that John Wesley preached in the churchyard on 3rd May 1743.