Bosherston – St Michael’s Church

History

   The church of St. Michael in Bosherston was built at the end of the 13th century on the site of an earlier temple. It was mentioned for the first time in documents in 1291. In the fifteenth century, it was enlarged by adding a western tower and extending the chancel to the east by one span. In 1855, it was renovated by Count Cawdor of the Stackpole Court, in whose lands it was located. The northern sacristy and the southern porch were also added at that time.

Architecture

    The church was erected on a Latin cross plan, consisting of a fairly short, rectangular nave, a narrower, also rectangular chancel on the eastern side, a soaring three-story tower on the west side and small transept arms from the north and south. The southern transept was connected with a diagonal passage (squint) with the chancel, perhaps also the northern connection of the transept originally connected with the northern wall of the chancel. The 13th-century chancel was originally shorter by one bay. It was extended in the 15th century, when a tower was also added. Inside the church, the nave and both arms of the transept were crowned with a pointed tunnel vaults, and a room in the ground floor of the tower was also vaulted.

Current state

   The north sacristy and the southern porch of the church are early modern additions. The original Norman windows were replaced in the nineteenth century by larger neo-Gothic ones, the original, narrow and longitudinal window openings are preserved only in the tower. Among the original equipment the Norman baptismal font, the tomb of Princess Buckingham in the northern transept and the 14th century tomb of an unknown crusader in the southern transept has preserved.

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bibliography:
Salter M., The old parish churches of South-West Wales, Wolverhampton 2003.

Website britishlistedbuildings.co.uk, St. Michael and All Angel’s Church. A Grade II Listed Building in Stackpole, Pembrokeshire.
Website wikipedia.org, Bosherston.