Penally – St Nicholas and St Teilo’s church

History

The first temple was built in Penally in the days of Saint Teilo, a missionary of the sixth century. Penally was a stopover place for pilgrims traveling from Brittany and Cornwall to Ireland. Instead of taking a long sea trip around the westernmost point of Wales, the pilgrims set out from Penally on foot to Cardigan Bay, from where they could once again take a boat to cross the Irish Sea. For this reason, the original Celtic church was replaced in the 13th century by a new, larger building. In the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, it was additionally expanded with a porch and a tower. In the nineteenth century, during the renovation, medieval wall paintings were discovered.

Architecture

The church consists of a rectangular nave, also rectangular chancel on the east side and a tower from the 15th/16th century on the west side. The transepts adjoin the nave from south and north, and from the south side the 14th century porch. Inside the southern transept you can see two carved crosses from the 10th century and a tombstone from the 13th century. In addition, the church has a Norman baptismal font from the 13th century and a stone with a carved cross from the eighth century.

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Website coflein.gov.uk, St Nicholas and St Teilo’s church, Penally.