St Mary's Church

Newport, United Kingdom

The Church of St Mary the Virgin is the parish church of the village of Nash. The large church is medieval in origin, with additions and restorations dating from the 18th and 19th centuries.

The church consists of three parts. It has a three-story 15th-century steeple with an octagonal spire, but provides no access to the body of the church. The nave is 18th-century and the chancel 19th-century. The interior has a complete Georgian ensemble of gallery, box pews and three-decker pulpit.

The only remains of the Norman church is the North Wall of the chancel and the squint or hagioscope. An unusual feature, the squint was used to enable those with leprosy, smallpox or other such diseases, to see or participate in the service without endangering the rest of the congregation with infection. The tower is unusually located on the north side of the chancel. The church is thought to originally have been much larger, incorporating a North aisle.

In the early years of the 20th century the floor of the bellringer's room was used as a temporary mortuary for the bodies of five sailors who had been drowned at sea, in a violent storm, near the East Usk Lighthouse. Four of the sailors had been found lashed to the mast. During World War II the church saw congregations of 400. In the fields to the south of the neighbouring Church Farm are ancient tumuli, the vestiges of some ancient, possibly mediæval, dwelling or chapel.



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

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Michael DeBacker (14 months ago)
Beautiful Church located in downtown Newport, they offer very nice services, and are very open to visitors.
VW Touareg (2 years ago)
If you are visiting Newport, you got to stop the visit the St. Mary’s church when JFK got married! It is a beautiful historical church.
Betty Palumbo (2 years ago)
The only road dedicated to an American president is Viale Kennedy in Naples. Was so happy to be at the church where they married
Mustafa Tongur (2 years ago)
Beautiful church. Even though i am a muslim i fell in love with architecture. I love stain glass windows. And old wood works.
Jack (2 years ago)
This is a beautiful historic church . It was open to the public today and was the best part of our Newport visit.
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