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A MEDIEVAL church in Wales that was dismantled and then rebuilt 50 miles away to avoid the threat of flooding and subsidence, was reopened by the Archbishop of Canterbury at St Fagan's after nine years of work.
St Teilo’s, which served Llandeilo Tal-y-bont, in West Wales, has been reconstructed to look as it might have done in its medieval form.
The original St Teilo’s was built 800 years ago. It ceased to be a parish church in 1852, when a new church, also named St Teilo’s, was built in nearby Pontarddulais. The old church fell into disrepair, and in 1998 it was offered to St Fagans National History Museum, which has a 100-acre open-air site.
Masons and carpenters from St Fagans, who were re-erecting the church, discovered a set of rare wall-paintings dating from the 1520s. A statement from the museum said that all surviving original materials had been used, to make the church look as authentic as possible.