Well, Eldest Daughter and I had a disappointing afternoon church-crawling yesterday. As we were heading up towards Presteigne, I found a number to phone to see if Cascob church would be open. Chap not sure - but Discoed would be, and that was just a couple of miles down the road. We decided to chance it but unfortunately the Church was locked, and when I went across the lane to the cottage opposite to get the key, there was no reply (though cars outside). A notice said to shut the gate, as sheep were grazing in the churchyard. Here is one of them.
An even more venerable Yew tree here, which is an amazing 5,000 years old and is one of the five oldest in the British Isles. It has a girth of 37 feet and is male. There is a female tree elsewhere in the churchyard. The fact there is a spring at the gateway to the church suggested to Tam and I that this was a place of ancient worship, far predating Christianity.
Finally, on the way home we had noticed that Cregrina Church was just 2 miles off the main road, so we headed there. We couldn't get in and thought the door was locked but apparently it is never locked and you just have to give it a hefty heave with your shoulder . . . It was once on a main cattle drover's road, and is largely 13th C and dedicated to St. David.