Monknash, St Mary Magdalene Church
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HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Simple Norman architecture
From the mid-12th century Monknash manor served as a grange of Neath Abbey, and the connection gives us the 'monk' in the Monknash name. Remains of the monastic grange can still be seen as a large rectangular enclosure, and a later dovecot and tithe barn still stand. It isn't clear of the church was built to serve the grange, or if it already existed when the grange was established.
The church definitely dates to the Norman era, but was heavily restored in the Victorian period. The restoration removed all the box pews that filled the interior, and inserted a new screen at the west end of the nave. Though the interior is largely Victorian, the exterior, except for several windows, has hardly been altered at all, making St Mary's an excellent example of a fairly complete Norman country church.
A curious local tale says that the church roof is made from timbers salvaged from the wreck of a Spanish Armada ship on the coast nearby.
The stone pulpit is rather oddly entered through an opening cut into the chancel screen. The chancel floor is made from grave slabs of local families.
The church registers date to 1754 and St Mary's is listed as Grade II* for its historic interest.
About Monknash, St Mary Magdalene Church
Address: Monknash, Monmouthshire, Wales, CF71 7QQ
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: 4 miles north west of Llantwit Major, off the B4265
Website: Monknash, St Mary Magdalene Church
OS: SS920 706
Photo Credit: Richard Knights, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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