St David’s

The Gaufron

This church was built over 100 years ago to allow the workers on the pipeline from the Elan valley dams to Birmigham to worship. It was not new then and was drawn on dray horses from Ledbury. The building was a timber framed, sheet metal clad structure that by the end of the 20th century had to be closed for Health and safety reasons. In 2002 it was demolished, the fixtures and fittings used to create the St David’s Chapel within St Clement’s Church. Today the site is a garden outlining the shape of the church. It has a cross made from the roof timbers and one of the original pews on site. A plaque commemorates its history. The site is still consecrated and worship still takes place there on special occassions.

Service Times

First Sunday
Second Sunday
Third Sunday
Fourth Sunday
Fifth Sunday

Other Services

St David’s Day ( March 1st) Eucharist in the St David’s Gaufron Chapel of St Clement’s Church Rhayader. Mid summer open air Eucharist and Christmas Carol Service by candlight (dates to be published year by year)

Opening Times

The site can be accessed 24 hours a day all year round.

You can trace the outline of the original church as the foundation bricks are still in place.

Public Transport

A walk of just over one mile from the centre of Rhayader will bring you to this site. Watch the red kites gathering over the Gigrin Farm before feeding time!


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