Llanfihangel Rogiet – St Michael’s Church

History

   The church in Llanfihangel Rogiet was built in the 13th century and enlarged in the next century. The next construction works took place at the turn of the 15th and 16th centuries, when the tower was most likely erected. A thorough renovation was carried out at the beginning of the 20th century. During it, the northern aisle, ruined since the mid-18th century, was rebuilt, and two medieval tombstones and a hole allowing the see presbytery (hagioscope), were discovered.

Architecture

   The church consists of a rectangular nave, a narrower, rectangular chancel, a northern aisle with a length equal to the nave and a tower on the west side. A porch was added to the southern wall of the nave. Inside the nave, the presbytery was originally separated by a rood screen, after which only the stairs leading to its attic are left.

Current state

   Currently, the church basically presents a late Gothic form, although a window from the 14th century has been preserved in the eastern wall of the chancel, and the northern aisle was rebuilt at the beginning of the 20th century. Inside, the baptismal font from the 12th century and the tombstones of Anna and John Martel from around 1270 have survived from the medieval furnishings and decorations.

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bibliography:
Salter M., The old parish churches of Gwent, Glamorgan & Gower, Wolverhampton 2002.

Website wikipedia.org, St Michael and All Angels Church, Llanfihangel Rogiet.