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Church of St Deinst, Llangarron

Llangarron is a small village and parish in south-west Herefordshire, close to the border with Monmouthshire. The village is located six-and-a-half miles north of Monmouth and seven-and-a-half miles south-west of Ross-on-Wye. The population of the civil parish at the 2011 census was 1,053.[1] The church is dedicated to St Deinst. The village no longer has a post office nor pub, though it does have a hall.

The civil parish includes the settlements of Llangrove, Llancloudy and Three Ashes.[2]

The name (also spelt Llangarren and Llangarran) refers to the Garron Brook, a tributary of the River Wye. Several local farms also have Welsh-language names. An alternative view is that the village is named after the Welsh word “garan” which means heron, stork or crane. This may explain the representation of such a bird in the church gates.[3]

'St Deinst' appears nowhere else in England. It is identified with St Deiniol, or Deiniel, a sixth-century abbot-bishop who founded a monastery at Bangor and to whom the mediæval Bangor Cathedral was dedicated. Records of a church at Llangarron go back as far as the time of Edward the Confessor, when a wooden ecclesiastical building was consecrated under the heirs of Ceheric ap Eleu, and was then reconsecrated under William I as "lan garan" church.[3]


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