Nevern – St Brynach’s Church

History

The church of Nevern bears the call of Brynach, a saint who founded the first temple in this place in the sixth century. He was born in Ireland, but he settled in Welsh Pembrokeshire, where he built a chapel around 540 in the Afon Nevern Valley. It was expanded during the Norman period in the 12th century, and then in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. In the 19th century, the Victorian renovation of the temple was carried out.

Architecture

The church consists of a rectangular nave and a rectangular and long, but narrower chancel on the eastern side. From the west side there is a tower from the 12th century. It has buttresses, just like the nave and the chancel and also it has a parapet on corbels and decorative crenellation. On the south side of the church there is a porch and an unusual two-story aisle. It has a room for a priest in the attic. There are small chapels in the north and south walls of the presbytery. In the northern part of the nave there is a sacristy. Inside the church, you can see a stone from the sixth century with engraved Latin and ogham inscriptions and a stone with a carved cross from the 10th century. Another magnificent Celtic cross from the X-XI century called the Great Cross of Saint Brynach, is located in a churchyard cemetery. It is carved with complicated zigzags, knots and geometric patterns.

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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 Brynarch A Grade II* Listed Building in Nevern, Pembrokeshire.
Website coflein.gov.uk, St Brynach’s church, Nevern.