St Donat's Church

Cowbridge, United Kingdom

St Donat's Church is a Grade I listed church in Welsh St Donats. Records of 1180 describe the church as a chapel confirmed to the Abbey of Tewkesbury. By 1563 it was known to have served as a parish church for the community. In 1603 it was considered to be a chapel of the church at Llanblethian, but by 1764 it received a stipend from Queen Anne's Bounty and was described as a curacy.

The church was re-plastered in 1996; during this process, the church was stripped of its old coat of plaster, leaving the entire structure bare to stones and mortar. This became an opportunity to do further dating on the building by examining the old mortar. It was thought that the church was constructed some time in the 15th to 16th centuries. but it became apparent that the windows and doors from that time frame were inserted into older walls by examining the mortar. A chancery wall gave evidence of having two lancet windows at one time; this was an indication that at least this portion of the building was constructed in the 13th century.



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

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Nigel Jones (2 years ago)
Beautiful Easter vigil service on Easter Saturday. Extremely attractive old church in excellent condition with particularly nice roof beams/construction. Picturesque rural location. Thoroughly recommended.
ben havell (6 years ago)
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