Pennard – St Mary’s church

History

Church of St. Mary in Pennard was built in the twelfth or thirteenth century. Unfortunately, due to difficulties in using the temple, covered with sand from nearby dunes, the parish was moved inland in the 16th century. It is not known if the church existing until today was built at that time, using elements from the dismantled older temple, or whether the church in the interior was erected as early as in the 13th century. The building was restored in 1847 and again in 1891. The porch and sacristy were then added.

Architecture

The church consists of a rectangular nave and a narrower, rectangular chancel. The entrance to the nave is located on the south side and is preceded by a 19th-century porch. The western side of the church is ended with a small tower, partially embedded in the nave’s corpus, finished with a parapet on corbels and battlement. The southern wall of the chancel has an ogival window with a 13th-century decoration in the “dog-tooth molding” probably coming from an older church.

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bibliography:
Website britishlistedbuildings.co.uk, Church of St Mary, Pennard A Grade II Listed Building in Pennard, Swansea.
Website britainexpress.com, Pennard, St Mary’s Church.