Cheriton – St Cadoc’s Church


   Church of St. Cadoc in Cheriton was built in the early fourteenth century to replace the temple in Landimore, abandoned due to the raise of the coastline of the sea. The first information about it comes from 1472. In the nineteenth century, the church was renovated twice, but at the same time the southern porch was transformed and the sacristy was added from the north.


   The church consists of a spacious, rectangular nave, to which a huge tower was added, unusually from the east, and then a four-sided chancel. At the southern entrance to the nave a porch was added, rebuilt in the 19th century. The four-sided tower is topped with a parapet and battlement and a hip roof. It can not be ruled out that it was fortified due to frequent pirate raids. The only not transformed window is a bifory topped with trefoil on the east wall of the chancel, the other windows were renovated in the 19th century.

Current state

   The church in Cheriton is the most elaborate church on the Gower Peninsula, and also widely recognized as one of the most beautiful temples, which also avoided significant transformations in the nineteenth century.

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Harrison P., Castles of God. Fortified Religious Buildings of the World, Bury St Edmunds 2004.

Wooding J., Yates N., A Guide to the churches and chapels of Wales, Cardiff 2011.
Website, Church of St Cadoc A Grade I Listed Building in Llangennith, Llanmadoc and Cheriton (Llangynydd, Llanmadog a Cheriton), Swansea.