Colwinston – St Michael and All Angels Church

History

The church of St. Michael and All Angels in Colwinston was erected as early as the 12th century. The first reference to the local parish refer to 1141, when Maurice de Londres confirmed the donation to the temple. In the thirteenth century, the church was enlarged by a chancel, and at the beginning of the sixteenth century, by a porch and a tower, which was further raised in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In 1879, the building was renovated. Unfortunately, in 1971, it suffered a fire, although it was quickly renovated, but on the occasion of the northern side, a modern sacristy was erected.

Architecture

The church consists of a twelfth-century, rectangular nave and a shorter and narrower chancel on the east side, which dates from the 13th century. At the west side, a square tower from the end of the fifteenth or early sixteenth century, is slightly embedded to the nave. Tower is crowned with a parapet and battlement on protruding corbels and on its southern side there is a bay that houses a staircase. The southern entrance to the nave is preceded by a porch, which was built in the same period as the tower. In the south wall of the chancel two original windows from the 13th century have survived, and on the sides of the chancel arch, two gothic niches crowned with trefoils, with traces of medieval polychrome, have persevered.

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Website britishlistedbuildings.co.uk, Church of St Michael and All Angels A Grade I Listed Building in Colwinston, Vale of Glamorgan.