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Church of St Sadwrnen

A Grade II Listed Building in Laugharne Township, Carmarthenshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.7647 / 51°45'52"N

Longitude: -4.4915 / 4°29'29"W

OS Eastings: 228164

OS Northings: 210269

OS Grid: SN281102

Mapcode National: GBR GK.F57S

Mapcode Global: VH3LS.3XC2

Entry Name: Church of St Sadwrnen

Listing Date: 2 November 2001

Last Amended: 2 November 2001

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 25849

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: Prominently sited in historic churchyard high above Carmarthen Bay, about 2 km west of Laugharne.

County: Carmarthenshire

Town: Llanwrda

Community: Laugharne Township

Locality: Llansadwrnen

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire

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History

Rebuilt in 1859, on site of its medieval predecessor, possibly retaining some core fabric of predecessor. North vestry added 1919.

Exterior

Church in Decorated Gothic Style. Red-brown stone with bathstone dressings, and relieving arches in blue-grey stone, stepped buttresses, slate roofs. Aisleless nave, chancel, SW tower, S porch, N vestry. Three bay nave with 2-light Decorated windows. South gabled porch which links (to L) with tower with steep pyramidal roof, parapet, single-light belfry windows; unusual round window with cusped tracery near ground level. Chancel with 3 single-light windows to N and S; 2-light E window. Three-light W window with quatrefoils in head. Lean-to vestry with prominent chimney on N side of nave.

Interior

Arch-braced roofs to nave and chancel; in E wall, medieval (C14?) niche with cinquefoiled ogee head and flanking pinnacles. The unusual round window low down in tower lights the old vestry which contains an Early Christian inscribed pillar-stone with inscription "TOTAVAL-/ FILIUS DOTHO/RANTI".

Reasons for Listing

C19 church retaining evidence of pre-Conquest and Medieval origins.

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