Much of the information contained on this website has been drawn from the excellent guidebook to St Cynllo's written by Rev. Brian Whatmore - this lovingly written and scholarly guide is highly recommended for those who would like to learn more about the history of this beautiful Church.
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The Reports of the Commissioners appointed to enquire into the state of Education in Wales. 1847 contain a reference to the schoolroom at Llangynllo.
This report was published by three English university scholars into the educational system in Wales. The three were Lingen, Symons and Vaughan Johnson. The report unfairly drew attention to the inadequacy of Welsh education . One of their main points was that Welsh children , and often their teachers too, could not speak English. The report was produced in blue books, hence the name. Apart from , and because of, the understandable outrage of Welsh people the report helped to forge a greater sense of national identity and the publication was referred to as "The Treachery of the Blue Books" [Brad y Llyfrau Gleison]. One of the principal Welshmen who fought a campaign against the report was Evan Jones , better known as Ieuan Gwynedd, a minister and a journalist . One of the report's statements was that Welsh was a " peculiar language isolating the masses from the upper portion of society". Sadly, for the Welsh language, faced with such criticism many people did opt for an education in the English language despite the efforts of Ieuan Gwynedd and others. [ Based on an article in"A Helping Hand "by W J Jones 1996]
This is an extract by Aidan Jones from the actual 1847 Report as far as it relates to this parish;
I visited to-day the parish of Llangunllo. I had an interview with the Rev. - Davis, the Vicar. He informed me that there is no day school in the parish connected with the Established Church, although there is a convenient schoolroom erected near the church, which was built for the use of one of the teachers of Lady Bevan's trustees. This room is now used as a dwelling-house. There is a Sunday school connected with the Church, and I left a schedule to be filled up, with the clergyman.
Situated at the entrance to the Church road at the junction with the B4334 sits a small, very lovely, example of a Victorian gothic Church schoolroom. The remains of the stone gateposts that straddle the road indicate the extent of the former Glebe lands - the little schoolroom sits alongside for all the world like a lodge to a grand country estate.
At one time there was also a small cottage adjoining the rear, but that has sadly been demolished long ago. Until recently the schoolroom and the small garden opposite were still in use by the local community. The garden is still used by the Beekeepers society who keep hives there and hold regular meeting and sales.
Unfortunately the schoolroom itself has fallen into disrepair and has been deemed unsafe to use any more. The decision was made recently that, rather than attempt the difficult task of trying to find the cost of repair, the schoolroom should be sold as a potential holiday cottage. Should this be the case then it is very much to be hoped that any changes to the building will respect its position in the historical and cultural setting of the Ancient Glebeland.
The Church Room or "Yr Ysgoldy" (Schoolroom) has fond memories to many. It was the venue for the Sunday School; for social functions; special services in Lent; sales of work; and for Evensong on cold Sunday nights in winter when the church was unheated. The "Ysgoldy" was always warm and cosy - heated by a huge open coal fire tended by Lottie Lloyd who lived in the cottage attached (now in ruins). David Henry Lloyd, who died in September 1995, was brought-up in that cottage, but later moved to "Grugawel" at Coedybryn. Lottie was for many years the church caretaker, while David Henry was organist together with Jenny Jones (nee Evans) formerly of Ffynnonwen Farm. The interior featured a print of Holman Hunt's "Light of the World" and also the Memorial to those of the parish who died in action during both World Wars - both of which have been moved into the church since the schoolroom was sold in 2011.