Penrice – St Andrew’s church

History

St. Andrew’s church in Penrice was erected in the 12th century and handed over to the Knights Hospitaller from the commandry at Slebech at the end of the century. Later it belonged to the hospital of Saint David in Swansea, but king Edward VI confiscated it and re-assigned to the Knights Hospitaller. During the huge storm in 1720, the building lost its entire roof. During the repair, a new floor and more comfortable seats were added to the interior of the church. Once again, the church was thoroughly renovated and rebuilt at the end of the 19th century. This involved, among other, the replacement of windows, the southern entrance portal and roofs.

Architecture

The church was erected of a rectangular nave, a shorter and narrower, rectangular chancel on the east side, a tower on the western side, a huge porch at the south wall of the nave and the northern transept. The tower has four floors. Its only windows are slit holes on the north and south sides. It is opped with a parapet on corbels and battlement. The difference in the type and color of the building material indicates the reconstruction of its upper parts. Inside the nave, the preserved Norman chancel arch separates the presbytery.

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bibliography:
Website britishlistedbuildings.co.uk, Church of St Andrew A Grade II Listed Building in Penrice, Swansea.