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Church of St Michael

A Grade II Listed Building in Abergwili, Carmarthenshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.884 / 51°53'2"N

Longitude: -4.1967 / 4°11'47"W

OS Eastings: 248909

OS Northings: 222882

OS Grid: SN489228

Mapcode National: GBR DL.RKPD

Mapcode Global: VH3LC.6XR3

Entry Name: Church of St Michael

Listing Date: 30 November 1966

Last Amended: 22 October 2003

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 9386

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: An isolated church on the S side of a minor road approximately 1.2km NNW of Nantgaredig.

County: Carmarthenshire

Community: Abergwili

Locality: Llanfihangel-uwch-gwili

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire

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History

Nave and chancel are of medieval origin and the tower is post-medieval, but the detail belongs mainly to a restoration of 1906, as do the internal fixtures.

Exterior

A small, simple Gothic style church comprising nave with lower and narrower chancel and W tower. Walls are rubble stone with freestone dressings and red sandstone quoins, the roof is slate. The 3-stage tower is slightly battered to the base and has a corbelled NE stair turret incorporated in the nave wall. It has a pointed S doorway with continuous chamfer and boarded door. In the W face a window to the ringing chamber comprises 2 round-headed lights under a drip mould set well above. All faces have narrow belfry openings. The pyramidal roof has a finial.

The nave has two 2-light windows, with pointed quatrefoil tracery light, but not symmetrically placed. To the L of the windows is a blocked former S doorway. In the chancel S wall is another blocked doorway, and a small medieval cusped window now infilled. The 3-light E window has intersecting tracery. A gabled vestry is on the N side, which has a 2-light N window with doorway to its R, and an E doorway with boarded door. The nave has 2 cusped N windows.

Interior

The nave has a plastered wagon roof, tall plain plastered tower arch and similarly plain but chamfered chancel arch. The chancel has a polygonal boarded wagon roof. A pointed ribbed N door leads to the vestry.

The painted octagonal font is C19. Plain pews have moulded ends and choir stalls have poppy heads. Simple wooden communion rail. There are 2 wall tablets. In the chancel N wall is a memorial to Daniel Davies (d 1828) comprising a marble sarcophagus on slate background. The chancel S wall has a memorial to the Rev Thomas Thomas (d 1926), a simple classical tablet on a slate background, by A M Lewis.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a small rural parish church retaining Edwardian character.

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