The first record of the St Senwyr's Church was in 1180 as it and was part of the Tewkesbury Abbey holdings. By the 13th century, it is recorded as a possession of the Lords of Glamorgan. It is thought that originally, the church was a chapel of the Church at LLambethian but became independent of LLambethian prior to 1295.

An 1879 newspaper story relates there was extensive restoration done to the chancel and the churchyard wall. The story also mentions that the church nave was restored and fitted with new seats 26 years prior to the work done in 1879. The church is described as having a main door dated 1674 with furnishings dating mainly from the Victorian era to the mid 1920s. Fragments of wall paintings were discovered in 1969.



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