Jeffreyston, St Jeffrey & St Oswald Church
Jeffreyston, St Jeffrey & St Oswald Church
A 12th century church once belonging to the priory of Pembroke, later granted to the canons of St David's Cathedral. In the porch is an 8th century pillar cross.
History
The church is almost certainly of very early date, as evidenced by an 8th century carved stone preserved in the porch. The circular churchyard is another sign of a very early foundation, and there are remains of a very early Christian settlement around the churchyard. In the churchyard is a medieval cross on a stepped base.

As for the carved stone, it is 1m long and 25cm wide, with an incised carving of a cross within a circle. This type of carving is known as a ring cross, and though the most common date given to the stone is 8th-9th century, it may have been carved as early as 600 AD. It was discovered set into the porch floor in 1915 and put in a safer position on the east wall of the porch.

The archway in the porch may be 12th century, and there is an early medieval squint. We know that there was a church here in 1291, for it occurs in taxation rolls as Ecclesia de Villa Galfri, and belonged at that time to Pembroke Priory. In the early 14th century it was transferred to St Davids. Sometime in the late medieval period a west tower was added.

The church was in almost derelict condition by the mid-Victorian period, and was almost completely rebuilt in 1868. Only the tower and sections of walls could be preserved; the rest had to be toorn down for safety's sake and rebuilt. The tower base and the porch retained their medieval vaulted roofs, but the remainder has 19th century roof timbers.

The font is one of the few parts of the church to survive the Victorian rebuilding. It is a square, 12th century bowl, with scalloped underside, set on a round pillar.

Most of the interior memorials are to the Allen family, including a white marble monument to Gertrude allen (d 1825) by William Williams. In the nave is a striking memorial plaque to William and Penelope Keates in the form of a draped urn.

The church is listed as Grade II* for its medieval tower and excellent set of historic monuments, as well as the quality of the Victorian restoration.