St David's church in Glascwm has 13th century nave has two original doorways, and the chancel dates from the 15th century. Part of the original wagon ceiling remains. The church was heavily rebuilt in the 19th century, when most of the medieval windows were replaced.

The most interesting historic feature is the font, dated to the late 14th or early 15th century. The nicely carved chancel arch is 15th century, with wave mouldings typical of that period.

One unexpected memorial is a simple wooden cross, tucked in behind an old church bell at the west end of the nave. The cross commemorates a pair of German airmen, Oberleutenant G Brixius and Feldwebel A Liedig, who died on 25 April 1942 when their Junkers 88 was shot down over the village. A military funeral was held for the dead airmen at Glascwm church. They were later reinterred at the German war cemetery at Cannock Chase.



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Founded: 13th century
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