Glascwm, St David Church
Glascwm, St David Church
St David's church in Glascwm is not simply named for St David, it is said to have been founded by the saint himself, as a centre of Celtic Christianity. The 13th century nave has two original doorways. The chancel dates from the 15th century. Part of the wagon ceiling remains.
No trace remains of St David's original church. At some point during the 13th century a new stone church was erected, within an older circular enclosure. It certainly existed by 1291, when it had a value of £13 6s 8d according to the tax rolls. That 13th century church only occupied the current nave, for the difference in stonework suggets that the chancel was added in the 15th century, with stone quoins added to stabilise the joint between new and old sections of the building. The south doorway is 14th century.

The church was heavily rebuilt in the 19th century, when most of the medieval windows were replaced.

The most interesting historic feature is the font, dated to the late 14th or early 15th century. The nicely carved chancel arch is 15th century, with wave mouldings typical of that period. There are 15th century windows in both north and south walls, and a 14th century doorway at the west end of the nave. The nave roof is 15th century, built with arch-braced collars.

The interior is full of memorials; most are 19th century, but there are several good 18th century monuments including one to Thomas Lewis (d. 1736). Of similar date is a worn memorial to Jonas Howard (d. 1737).

St David's is a very well-preserved medieval church, in a lovely village setting. It is listed Grade I for its architectural interest.