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St Paul’s churchyard is a haven for wildlife, plants and flowers.
The three large Horse Chestnut trees are an imposing sight, particularly when flowering in May and the churchyard becomes popular with the children when the conkers ripen in Autumn! Watch out for Wagtails, Wood Pigeons and Robins - the Hawthorn hedges provide cover for nesting birds and small mammals, and you’ll spot lots of colourful wild flowers in the grassland areas.

In these special places, you’ll also discover the history and stories of people who lived in the area. Take time to stand, sit and stare at the hidden delights all around you.



Look out for the two Cherry trees Prunus avium, with their beautiful white and pink flowers
in early April, three impressive Horse Chestnut Aesculus hippocastanum, Irish Yew Taxus
baccata ‘fastigiata’, and the Common Lime Tiliaceae, used to make Morris Dancing sticks!





a) Snowdrop
Galanthus

b) Bluebell
Hyacinthoides
non-scripta

c) Lesser
Celandine
Ranunculus
ficaria

d) Red Clover
Trifolium
pratense

e) Lady’s Smock
Cardamine
pratensis


f) Cowslip
Primula Veris

g) Primrose
Primula

h) Germander
Speedwell
Veronica
chamaedrys

i) Cow Parsley
Anthriscus
sylvestris


Churchyards can be home to over 100 different types of lichens, which are neither plants nor animals - belonging to a kingdom of their own. Look closely. How many different types can you find in the churchyard?

The information recorded on gravestones can give us an insight into life in the past. Look for the grave of Catharine Griffith, who died aged 90 in 1839. She’s described as ‘Relict’ of Edward Griffith. Relict was an archaic term for a widow - often used for those who did not re-marry.

 


There have been three churches on this site, built in 1611, 1742 and 1829. The weather vane is from the second church, dated 1742 with the letters LIRE and CW, thought to be the initials of church wardens of the time.

 

 

Isycoed is a farming community and many gravestones refer to farm names. Often you’ll find spelling mistakes or variations in spelling, such as on Hennery Edwards’s gravestone. You’ll also see lots of
different spellings of Isycoed. Look out for Isacoed, Issa Coed, Issa Coyd, Isacoyed - can you spot any more?

Look out for...

The yew tree - common to
churchyards.
Grave of Samuel Benoni Gobat, vicar for 101/2 yrs.
An unusually broken
gravestone.
A beautifully carved angel
plaque.
       

 

 

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St Paul
Isycoed
LL13 9RY
The map below shows the rural churchyards taking part in the Sacred Space project. If you’ve enjoyed your visit to one of our amazing churchyards, why not discover the secrets and delights all of the others hold in store?

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