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Church of St Thomas

A Grade I Listed Building in Redwick, Newport

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.553 / 51°33'10"N

Longitude: -2.8493 / 2°50'57"W

OS Eastings: 341214

OS Northings: 184131

OS Grid: ST412841

Mapcode National: GBR JD.F612

Mapcode Global: VH7BN.K7K9

Entry Name: Church of St Thomas

Listing Date: 1 March 1963

Last Amended: 31 October 1996

Grade: I

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2940

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: At village centre, opposite village hall and Rose Inn.

County: Newport

Town: Newport

Community: Redwick

Traditional County: Monmouthshire

History

Medieval church with work of C14, and C15, but possibly C12 origins. Restored 1875.

Exterior

Brown-yellow, grey and buff stone, slate roofs. Nave, N and S aisles, central tower, chancel, S porch. Tower of 3 stages has crenellated parapet (interior stair at SW corner), 2-light Decorated windows to bell stage, similar windows to middle stage (but W window single-light). Clerestorey has two 2-light windows to N and S. South porch rises above eaves of aisle, castellated and arcaded parapet; ashlar front, soffit of door arch retains some trefoil panelled decoration, to R of doorway, mark recording height of great flood of 1606/7; inside late C15 porch defaced head corbels, benches, simple arched entrance doorway with trefoil niche above.
To L and R of porch single 2-light square-headed window. West end has 4-light C19 Perpendicular window below which is doorway with enriched jambs with (worn) alternating flowers and lions' heads. N side of Aisle has doorway with 3-light Perp window to L, and 2-light square-headed window to R. N side if chancel has 2-light
Decorated window. S side of chancel has 3-light square-headed window, and, at lower level, 2-light square-headed window. Unusual Decorated 3-light E window has undulating head, reticulated tracery, hoodmould with tiny head stops.

There is the socket and part of the shaft of a medieval cross near the churchyard gates. [A much restored cross on the green outside].

Interior

Three bay aisle with hexagonal shafts. Arch-braced roof. Low chancel/tower arch with largely C19 roodloft. Simple boarded roof to chancel. Early English(?) font has square bowl with scallops supported on central pillar with water-holding base, and 4 corner shafts.

Reasons for Listing

Graded I as fine example of medieval church.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Brick House
    Approximately 500m NW of village centre on road leading to Llanwern.

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