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Churches which still retain west gallery features or connections

Disserth, St Cynllo The absence of 19thC restoration has left an interesting interior with box pews, west gallery and decked pulpit of the early 18thC together with wall paintings and some monuments, and from an earlier age, the font and fragments of the rood screen.
Llanbister, St Cewydd A nave and chancel in one, a tower at the east end abutting chancel and set deep into the side of the slope, and a south porch. The church is oriented north-west/south-east. Gallery dated 7 July 1716. Beneath the wall painting is a case containing parts of musical instruments used by musicians in the gallery.
Llanfihangel Helygen, St Michael ". . . the pews and three-decker pulpit were brought here from another, unnamed, church in the early part of the last century."
 

Churches which are known to have had west gallery features or connections

Bleddfa, St Mary Magdalene SO2065368384.  In 1818 box pews replaced by benches, with flagstones and boards instead of the earth floor.

Colva,  St David

SO1996853133. Wall has dado of old box pews to height of c.1.0m except behind organ which was the location of the former stove

Llandeilo Graban, St Michael

SO094447.  Simple charm, but little remains of box-pews other than the higher ends against the outer walls.

Llanfihangel Rhydithon, St Michael & All Angels

Among features to disappear in 1891 were the gallery that once covered a third of the chancel, a barrel organ and square pews.
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