St Mary's Church

Tenby, United Kingdom

The majority of the remaining St Mary's Church dates from the 15th century with some features retained from the 13th century. There is believed to have been a church on the site since Norman times, and Gerald of Wales is counted as the earliest Rector of Tenby.

The 13th century chancel has a 'wagon' roof and the panelled ceiling has 75 bosses carved in a variety of designs including foliage, grotesques, fishes, a mermaid, and a green man, as well as the figure of Jesus surrounded by the four Apostles. St. Thomas' Chapel was added in the mid-15th Century, and the St. Nicholas Chapel was added c. 1485. The spire is also a 15th-century addition. Inside the church is a 15th-century font and a 15th-century bell, cast with the letters Sancta Anna.

The tower is positioned to one side of the chancel and dates from the late 13th century. The first floor served as a chapel, and still has a stone altar and piscina in place.

The church has two fonts, one dating from the 15th century and another late Gothic example from the 19th century.

The church contains several memorials, including the tombs of Thomas and John White, both Mayors of Tenby in the fifteenth century. Thomas White was famous for hiding a young Henry Tudor from King Richard III.

In the churchyard, 20 metres west of the church, are the remains of what is believed to be a late 15th-century choir school or college. The wall includes a pointed arched doorway.

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Founded: 15th century
Category: Religious sites in United Kingdom

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Andrew Lazarou (12 months ago)
Excellent church and vicar with good numbers attending over Easter. Service and literature good to listen to and read.
Christopher Llewellyn (12 months ago)
Went to family wedding at St Mary's. Lovely old church.
Tim Tiley (13 months ago)
Fascinating medieval church with spacious unusually wide interior...full of history
Mauricio Pretto (2 years ago)
A very nice church to visit
David Rees (2 years ago)
Sunny Sunday morning with harmonious voices singing from within. Charming
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