We have now lifted the carpet in the chancel to reveal the medieval stone which has been hidden for some years. You have to look carefully to see the outline of the three crosses, but they are there for you to see. This medieval tombstone in chancel probably shows its design. We will now leave the stone uncovered for a couple of weeks (at least) to give everyone a chance to see it. Before we cover it again we have had it photographed and will take advice of the best way of protecting it – rubber underlay could be damaging the stone. We are trying to find out as much information as we can so that we can have a display somewhere in the church telling visitors of the importance of this stone, so hopefully more to come. You can find out more about the Laleston Stone Trail at
http://heritagetortoise.wordpress.com/2013/11/05/laleston-stones-trail/ (which also has a bit about Merthyr Mawr stones too).
This is a drawing of the stone as recorded by John Rodgers in his paper The Stone Cross Slabs of South Wales and Monmouthshire published in 1911.By the fifteenth century Llangynwyd was famous or the carving of the Crucifixion on the rood screen of the church. Unusually, this may have depicted the two thieves as well as Christ.