Rogiet – St Mary’s church

History

The church in Rogiet was probably erected in the 13th century, and in the fourteenth century it was significantly expanded. Originally, it was dedicated to Saint Hilary, which could refer either to Saint Eleri or to Saint Hilary from Arles. In 1903, the church was renovated, and a northern nave was added to it on the occasion.

Architecture

The church consists of a rectangular, short nave and, unusually longer but also rectangular chancel on the eastern side. In the fourteenth century to the west side of the nave was placed a tall and lofty tower. It is topped with a parapet and battlement on corbels and decorative pinnacles in the corners. From the south has a four-sided communication turret. The southern entrance to the nave is preceded by a porch. The northern nave and sacristy are modern additions, but fortunately stylistically refer to medieval elements. The roof of the nave was originally slightly higher, which can be seen on the eastern wall of the tower. Inside the presbytery there are small remains of medieval wall polychromes, but most of them were hidden under thick, early modern plasters.

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bibliography:
Website britishlistedbuildings.co.uk, Church of St Mary A Grade II Listed Building in Rogiet, Monmouthshire.
Website wikipedia.org, St Mary’s Church, Rogiet.