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St. Matthew's Church

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What: Anglican Church
Where: Goginan, Ceredigion
Built: 1871
Architect: Roderick Williams of Aberystwyth
Abandoned: Unknown
Listed: No
Visited: 2010
Last Known Condition: Under conversion to a private residence, Dec. 2012
Page Updated: March 2016

St Matthew's is a damp little church, standing beside the busy A44, half buried in brambles. All my researches have turned up is a dedication and an architect, Roderick Williams of Aberystwyth. Opened in 1871 as a mission church of Llanbadarn Fawr, at that time the largest parish in Cardiganshire, it served the small village of Goginan for a number of years and closed around 2000. It looked empty in 2005 when I first passed by, and it was derelict by the time I visited in 2010.

The church as seen from the road
The church as seen from the road

Stained glass shadow
Stained glass shadow #1

Stained glass shadow
Stained glass shadow #2

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South view Spirelet cross Inside the church Window with trefoil motif Plan

The property was recently offered for sale under direction from the Church in Wales at a price of £135,000 with permission to convert the building into a 4 bedroom house. At the time of writing (July '10) the property has been withdrawn from the market and appears to have been sold.

Gareth Hicks (21 July 2009) 'GENUKI: Llanbadarnfawr.', http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/wal/CGN/LlanbadarnFawr/ Retrieved 22.07.10.

Anon, (2009) Character Property for sale St Matthews Church, Goginan, Nr Aberystwyth, Ceredigion' http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-24978913.html Retrieved 22.07.10.


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