Church of St Issui, Patricio (or Partrishow)

The charming little church in Patricio, sometimes spelt Partrishow, is situated on the southern slopes of the Gader Range, with a wonderful panoramic view of the lower Grwyne Fawr and the Nant Mair stream flowing below.

The church is named after St Issui, an early Celtic saint who is thought to have built a cell here. The site became a place of pilgrimage after he was murdered.

Among the church's treasures are an exquisite rood screen, carved out of Irish oak, and some interesting medieval wall paintings.

At the rear of the church is an unusual dugout parish chest carved out of a solid tree trunk, with iron bands around it and three locks. It was once used for the safe keeping of parish valuables. The Rector and Church Wardens each held a key to one of the three locks, so the chest could only be opened when all three were present.

The churchyard was originally very small, but has been extended in the last hundred years and now stretches as far as the lane. It retains a medieval churchyard cross and is still used for modern burial.

Image © Graham Horn.