Cilycwm – St Michael’s Church

History

The church of St. Michael in Cilycwm was erected in the 14th century, and in the following century, it was expanded. In the eighteenth century, some of the windows and roof truss were replaced in the older nave and chancel, while the interior was covered with wall polychromes. In the 19th century and in the years 1905-1909, the building was renovated.

Architecture

The church in the fourteenth century consisted of a rectangular nave, a five-span nave and also a rectangular chancel on the eastern side. At the end of the fourteenth or early fifteenth century, a tower was erected on the west side of the nave. Small slit windoows were placed in it and was crowned with a prominent parapet and battlement on corbels. In the second half of the fifteenth century, the building was enlarged with a rectangular south aisle. From the older nave, it was separated by five arcades on octagonal pillars. In the southern aisle, a medieval roof truss, an octagonal baptismal font from the 15th century and most of the original windows have been preserved.

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bibliography:
Wooding J., Yates N., A Guide to the churches and chapels of Wales, Cardiff 2011.
Website britishlistedbuildings.co.uk, Church of St Michael A Grade I Listed Building in Cilycwm, Carmarthenshire.
Website coflein.gov.uk, St Michael’s church, Cilycwm.