St Michael's Church

Penbryn, United Kingdom

The Church of St Michael is situated on a hillside on the western side of the Hoffnant Valley. The precise date that the church was completed is unknown, but there is believed to have been an earlier church on the site during medieval times. The Church in Wales states that it is of 12th century origin, making it the oldest in the diocese of St. Davids. The roof is likely as old as the 15th century, though the porch is believed to have been added much later in the early 17th century. The windows were added in the early 19th century.

In 1887 the church was extensively renovated by D. Davies of Penrhiwllan, and it underwent another renovation 70 years later in 1957, possibly under A.D.R. Caroe. The interior is whitewashed, and features slate floors. The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales notes that the limestone square in the interior dates to the original building of the 12th century, and that the square font and font in the porch also date to the medieval period.

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Founded: 12th century
Category: Religious sites in United Kingdom

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kaz smith (2 years ago)
My nan and gramp are here
Ian Smith (2 years ago)
Really peaceful atmosphere as always and nice to take a stroll down to the beach .
Friedrich Ortwein (2 years ago)
Whether it is actually the oldest church in Wales, is questionable. Secured is their time of origin in the 13th century. Visiting this gem should be a must for any Wales traveler.
Tim Blake (5 years ago)
One of the oldest churches in Wales, set in an amazing location.
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