Church of Corpus Christi, Tremeirchion
This is the only Medieval Church in the British Isles dedicated to the Body and Blood of Christ. The present building nestles in a circular churchyard surrounded by ancient Yews, perhaps founded by a follower of Saint Beuno in the 6th century. A Maltese Cross on the Bell Cote is another indication of this place as being a place of pilgrimage.
In the years after Gabriel Piozzi and Hester Lynch Thrale took up residence at Brynbella, they improved the scandalous state of the church - the family church of the Salusbury family. They replastered the walls, repaired the windows, pews and pulpit.
On 17 September 1803, Hester Thrale wrote in Thraliana …
A new vault has been constructed under the Altar at Dymerchion for his and my last cold Residence, & narrow Apartment—Poor dear old Lucy Salusbury my admirable Progenetrix & Mother to my Father 1 Was found crumbling in Dust; her Skull only whole, & the Black Ribbon pinned round it, that I suppose bound her head in its last Agony 2:—There was no Act 3 then extant for burying in Woollen.
My Father being wrapt in Lead was easily discerned from his Brothers, & dear Mama—as he called her to the Last—They had never found Money to make themselves a Vault, so their poor Bones have been gathered up now by Mr Piozzi, and placed decently in our new Repository, where ours will shortly accompany them no doubt: to the great Joy of all my Daughters who really have now waited my Death so long—They are justified in their Impatience. New Pulpit Cloths—new Reading Desk Bible & Surplices—& a new Brass Chandelier—in Lieu of a Wooden one—are among my present Master's 4 Donations—beside Slating & Glazing & painting & Whitewashing: & what our Curate Mr Roberts prefers to all—Enlarging his little Church in the Gallery-Part—& we will put up the old curious Cross wch some fools pulled away 40 Years ago— & make all smart and handsome.
In winter 1804, Hester wrote verses on the restoration of the Church.
Outside the church is a grave stone that reads…
HERE LYETH THE BODY
OF HESTER SALVSBURY OF
BACHEGRAIG WHO DIED ON
THE 24 OF SEPTEMBER
AND WAS INTERRERED FEB
27 IN THE YEAR OF OUR
LORD GOD 1696
HERE ALSO ARE INTERRED
THE MORTAL REMAINS OF
SIR JOHN SALUSBURY PIOZZI SALUSBURY
LATE OF BRYNBELLA IN THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE AT CHELTENHAM
IN THE COUNTY OF GLOUCESTER
THE 18TH DECEMBER 1858
IN THE 66TH YEAR OF HIS AGE