Welcome to St Peter's Church, Machynlleth, part of the Church in Wales.
Bro Cyfeiliog a Mawddwy Ministry Area have adopted "Our Vision" from Bangor Diocese.
You can read the full bilingual "Our Vision" document here.
Reverend Miriam Beecroft was inducted and licensed to Bro Cyfeiliog & Mawddwy as Vicar and Ministry Area Leader in May 2018 by the Right Reverend Andy John, Bishop of Bangor and The Venerable Andrew Jones, Archdeacon of Meirionnydd.
Machynlleth is an ancient market town situated on the banks of the River Dyfi, at the centre of a rural community, eighteen miles north of Aberystwyth.
Historically, Machynlleth is renowned as the site of the first Welsh Parliament when, in 1404, Owain Glyndwr proclaimed Machynlleth to be the capital of Wales. The site of the Parliament House today houses a small museum and centre.
The Parish Church of St. Peter
The present site of St. Peter's Church was established as a place of worship in the Middle Ages, and a mediieval church is mentioned in records going back as far as 1253 and 1291.
Follwing the growth of the Nonconformist religious movement in Machynlleth in the 1780s, it was decided to almost completely rebuild St. Peter's Church. Money for the rebuilding was raised by levying an additional charge on ratepayers. The rebuilding work was carried out in 1827.
In 1845 the church received a boost when Mary Cornelia Edwards married Henry Vane Tempest (later to becomethe 5th Marquess of Londonderry). Following their marriage, they settled at Plas Machynlleth and exerted a strong influence on both church and community affairs.
Some internal changes were made to the church in 1844-1846 but in November 1894 the church was reopened following extensive interior alterations which had been financed predominately by Mary Cornelia. The alterations included the extension of the chancel into the nave, two new windows, new choir stalls, new pews and a new organ case.The aisles were laid with black and white Silesian marble.
St. Peter's Church remained relatively unchanged from the 1894 alterations until 2015 when a major restoration project was undertaken which involved repair to the church, bell tower (now back in use) and the creation of a new mezzanine floor. The mezzanine is now available for church and community use, has a kitchen area and a lift providing disabled access. Photographs and the plans of the restoration can be viewed by clicking here.
St. Peter's Church is open daily from 8.00 am and services for the month can be found by clicking here.
Another focal point of the town is the Castlereagh Memorial Clock (the "Town Clock") situated at the junction of the three main streets. It was built to commemorate the 21st birthday, in 1873, of the Viscount Castlereagh, first son of the Marquess and Marchioness of Londonderry of Y Plas, Machynlleth.
The house (The Plas) was gifted to the town by the Londonderry family in 1947 and now houses a new community hall, offices, shop and coffee shop. The Leisure centre, a children's play ground, the football and rugby fields are situated in the grounds of the Plas along with pleasant dog-friendly paths for strolling.
Machynlleth has a population of approximately 2,300. Tourism forms a very important part of the economy of the town. There are many small but unique shops in the town which draw those looking for something a little different. The town boasts a small supermarket along with a family-run butcher and a Post Office and Banks. It is becoming well known for good quality antiques and local crafts. There is a vibrant and varied street market in Machynlleth every Wenesday.
There is good public transport serving the town with regular and frequent buses and a rail service to Aberystwyth, along the Cambrian Coast to Pwllheli and to Birmingham. Both services provide a substantial number of jobs, the local shops, cafes and hotels provide further employment in the area.
Medical services are provided by a health centre in Machynlleth. There is a small community hospital in Machynlleth but there is no A&E department, the nearest one is in Aberystwyth.
Machynlleth is a very active town with many and varied activities and clubs to suit the young and the older population alike. Machynlleth is a growing town with the influx of many young families as well as couples retiring to the area.
Information about St. Peter's Church can be found in the book "The Parish Curch of St. Peter Machynlleth" by local historian David Wyn Davies. It can be purchased from St. Peter's Church or online by clicking here.