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St Andrew's Church, Presteigne is in the Diocese of Hereford in the county of Powys, or as locals might say, in the old county of Radnorshire. Presteigne church lies on the northern side of Presteigne in the valley of the River Lugg, which here constitutes the boundary between Wales and England. St Andrew's is the finest church in Radnorshire and houses an early 16th century tapestry which may once have hung in Canterbury cathedral. In the churchyard there are two gravestones marking the tragic life of Mary Morgan, who was executed for infanticide aged 17 in 1805. The church is considered by some to be of Saxon origin ...Presteigne is located on the English side of Offa's Dyke. St Andrews Church subsequently underwent various major changes including: extending the nave in Norman times; a partial rebuild in Romanesque style circa 1200AD; further modifications in the 14th Century including formation of a central nave and two aisles, the re-setting of two Romanesque piers and the construction of a tower on the south. In the 15th Century the nave was raised, a clerestory was added with some re-use of medieval masonry, the chancel added and the south aisle widened together with addition of the lady chapel; the upper part of the tower was built and a new window inserted, culminating with further restorations in Victorian times. For further historical information visit http://www.cpat.demon.co.uk/projects/longer/churches/radnor/16939.htm The world-renowned Presteigne Festival of Music and the Arts takes place every year over the August Bank holiday. The festival has a wide variety of musical and non-musical events and mixes works from the classic repertoire with world premieres. Click the events nearby on the sidebar for further details.
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