This little town is about 7 miles from Builth Wells. It became popular in the mid 17th century with people seeking cures from a variety of illnesses. In its heyday elegant buildings were built to accommodate the visitors coming to take the waters.Some have been restored to their former glory, but others are still run down. Rock Spa Park is very popular and incorporates a golf course and bowling green
The former pump houses are now incorporated into the new county buildings,
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This medieval church sits surrounded by fiellds, a hill and a stream It was originally the parish church of a community that no longer exists. It is situated at the foot of a hill that once had a castle or fortress on top.
The cemetery does not have graves to the north, and has old yews still round it. The present church is a restoration, as the original was a ruin with no roof.
There are 5 churches with this name in the region, and legend has it that as long as they remain, the dragon will be kept at bay.
It lies about 2 km from Llandrindodd. To rerach it you have to cross the stream by the once wobbly bridge, and then climbing up the slope. Beware as sheep are to be found grazing there and there are holes in the ground, and droppings.
The monument to Llewelyn is on the site where he was killed in 1282. His head was cut off, washed in a nearby well and taken to London to prove that he was indeed dead. His body was left where he was slain, and then taken by his followers to be buried.
The monument is a monolith on a raised mound. When we were there , there were some wreaths beside th stone, and plastic skull. The well where the head was washed is reached down some [ slippery] steps at one corner of the field. A wooden lid covers the actual water source.
St Afan was a saint who probably lived with his saintly mother at /near St Pasant's vicarage. He is buried at St Afan's Llanafan Fawr. He died about 600 AD. The church is on a pre-Christian site, and a few fragments of carved stone are embedded in the wall of the church porch.
As was the custom with such churches, the graveyard has no graves on the northern side which was thought to belong to the devil. I was unable to find which grave belongs to the saint.
Another church with the name St Afan's is to be found nearer to Builth Wells.