Penbryn – St Michael’s Church

History

Church of St. Michael probably was built in the 13th century. In the fourteenth century, it was enlarged by a chancel and in the seventeenth by a porch. The renovation of the building was carried out in 1887, and then in 1957.

Architecture

The church is a simple, rural building consisting of a long, four-span, rectangular nave and a shorter and lower, two-span chancel, ended with a straight wall from the east. The porch added to the west facade is probably a early modern element, although stylistically, it does not differ from the medieval part. In the interior of the nave there is a magnificent roof truss from the fifteenth century, one of the two survived in south-western Wales. Also worth mentioning is a thirteenth-century baptismal font in  the porch, moved here from Cenarth, another medieval, square font in the church, and original, narrow, pointed-arch windows in the chancel wall.

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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 Michael A Grade I Listed Building in Penbryn, Ceredigion.
Website coflein.gov.uk, St Michael’s church, Penbryn.