Llanfihangel y Pennant – St Michael’s Church

History

Located near the Castell y Bere Castle, the church of St. Michael probably was created in the 12th or 13th century. In the fifteenth century and then in the sixteenth century it was enlarged. A large reconstruction was carried out in the 19th century, unfortunately replacing most of the windows with modern openings.

Architecture

The church consists of a rectangular nave and chancel, joined together. The chancel is probably a bit later and comes from the fifteenth century, which means that the building was enlarged, extended to the east. On the north side there is a chapel erected in the 16th century, and a modern porch has been added to the southern wall. The only preserved medieval windows are located in the northern part of the chapel and in the northern part of the nave. The church is one of the few in which the lepers’ window has survived. It allowed people to see the liturgy from the outside, to those who suffered from leprosy. Inside, the rood screen originally separated presbytery from the nave. Among the original equipment the baptismal font from the 12th / 13th century has preserved.

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bibliography:
Website coflein.gov.uk, St Michael’s church, Eglwys Mihangel, Llanfihangel-y-Pennant.