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Church of St Issel

A Grade II Listed Building in Merlin's Bridge, Pembrokeshire

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Latitude: 51.7878 / 51°47'15"N

Longitude: -4.953 / 4°57'10"W

OS Eastings: 196426

OS Northings: 214027

OS Grid: SM964140

Mapcode National: GBR CL.YJ35

Mapcode Global: VH1RM.3BCB

Entry Name: Church of St Issel

Listing Date: 11 March 2004

Last Amended: 11 March 2004

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 82630

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: In a rural location on the W bank of the Cleddau Wen some 100m SE of Lower Haroldston Farm.

County: Pembrokeshire

Town: Haverfordwest

Community: Merlin's Bridge

Community: Merlin's Bridge

Locality: Haroldston

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire

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Small church dedicated to St Ishmael or St Issel, medieval origins restored in C19. The medieval church was recorded as being in ruins in the late C16 by George Owen and was presumably rebuilt in the early C17 for the Perrots of Haroldston, owners to 1763. It was said to have had a small gallery recently erected in the Topographical Dictionary of 1844, to have been re-pewed in 1854 and repaired in 1864 for Captain Brady of Fernhill with new pointed chancel window, and some fittings. Restored 1893-4 by E. H. Lingen Barker, G. R. Jones, builder. New windows, doorway, roofs, pews and stalls, floors, and internal plaster.


Anglican parish church, rubble stone with slate roofs, renewed 2002. Small with nave, W bellcote, S porch, and chancel. Ashlar dressings to C19 narrow lancet windows and doors, with hoodmoulds and carved stops. W end single lancet and plain rubble bellcote with pointed opening and shallow-gabled top. Single bell. S side large rubble porch with pointed arched entry and hoodmould. Porch is plastered within with C19 pointed inner S door and stone seats. Nave has single lancet to right on S and N side is similar but with stone voussoirs of blocked N door, and a single lancet to left. Lower chancel, slightly inset, has plain rectangular chamfered C19 or later S window and traceried C19 2-light pointed E window with cusped lights and cinquefoil. Slight batter to foot of E wall. Stone finials at nave and chancel E ends, nave cross survives, chancel cross broken off.


Plastered interior with late C19 roofs, boarded three-sided roof with arch-braced collar trusses on corbels to nave, boarded chancel roof. Plastered chancel arch.
Fittings: Font with retooled square bowl, presumably C12. Late C19 pitch pine pews
Memorials: pedimented plaque to Rev. D. Adams, died 1855.

Reasons for Listing

Included for its historic interest as a small rural church of ancient origins.

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