St Donats – St Dunwyd’s Church


Church of St. Dunwyd was erected in the 12th century as a building consisting of nave and chancel. At the beginning of the fourteenth century, a tower was added, and at the end of that century, the Lady Chapel. In the fifteenth century, the presbytery was rebuilt, in the next century nave. In 1878, the nave of the building was renovated and in 1907 the tower was rebuilt.


The church consists of a rectangular nave and a rectangular, narrower chancel on the eastern side. From the west side, a 14th-century tower is attached to the nave. It has buttresses and is crowned with a parapet on corbels and battlement. A similar parapet on the brackets is quite unusually along the long sides of the nave. On the north-western side of the chancel, from the end of the 14th century, there is a rectangular building of the Lady Chapel. While to the north wall of the nave, the porch adheres. The church from the north has only one window in the presbytery, crowned with a trefoil. The eastern wall is pierced by a single, thee-light window in the style of perpendicular gothic from the fourteenth century. The southern part of the church has two pointed windows in the chancel and two thee-light and one two-light windows in rectangular frames in the perpendicular gothic style in the nave. The entrance portals were placed in the nave both from the north and south. A single portal also leads from the south to the presbytery.

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Wooding J., Yates N., A Guide to the churches and chapels of Wales, Cardiff 2011.
Website, Church of St Donat A Grade I Listed Building in St Donat’s, Vale of Glamorgan.
Website, St Dunwyd, St Donat’s church.