Myddfai – St Michael’s Church

History

   The nave and chancel of the church of St. Michael in Myddfai were erected at the end of the thirteenth or the beginning of the fourteenth century. Around the 1500, the building was enlarged by a northern nave, and in the seventeenth century by a porch. In the 19th century, during the renovation, the sacristy and the western bellcote were added.

Architecture

   The medieval church consisted of a rectangular nave and a slightly narrower and lower, square chancel on the eastern side. On the north side, at the turn of the 15th and 16th centuries, a rectangular northern aisle was added, which, interestingly, received its own presbytery or chapel from the east, with proportions similar to the southern one. The northern part of the aisle was opened by four pointed, profiled arcades, based on three octagonal pillars and two wall half-pillars. The whole church was distinguished by an extensive spatial program, for a village temple located away from large town centers.

Current state

   The church has kept the layout obtained in the late Middle Ages, only slightly disturbed by the early modern sacristy from the north-west. The original medieval windows were made of red sandstone, which distinguishes them today from the modern ones, built of gray sandstone (Victorian windows in the southern and eastern walls). Inside the church, the original pillars and inter-nave arcades as well as the medieval roof truss are remarkable.

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bibliography:
Salter M., The old parish churches of South-West Wales, Wolverhampton 2003.

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 Myddfai, Carmarthenshire.
Website coflein.gov.uk, St Michael’s church, Myddfai.