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St Michael's Church

A Grade II Listed Building in Pembroke Dock, Pembrokeshire

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Latitude: 51.696 / 51°41'45"N

Longitude: -4.8943 / 4°53'39"W

OS Eastings: 200071

OS Northings: 203664

OS Grid: SN000036

Mapcode National: GBR G9.B6YS

Mapcode Global: VH1S1.3MXP

Plus Code: 9C3QM4W4+C7

Entry Name: St Michael's Church

Listing Date: 14 May 1970

Last Amended: 12 September 1996

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 5955

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: At the W edge of the village of Cosheston. The churchyard is to the S of the street and surrounded by stone walls.

County: Pembrokeshire

Town: Pembroke Dock

Community: Cosheston

Community: Cosheston

Locality: Cosheston Village

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire

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St Michael's Church is first mentioned in 1291. In several C19 restorations it was virtually rebuilt. Lewis in 1842 refers to the church as a 'neat modern structure, in the Early style of English architecture', and in the main rebuilding of 1885 the Early English style was again consistently followed.


Nave with small W tower, N aisle, chancel, transept and porch. Generally of sandstone masonry, but limestone in the porch. The colours and textures of these local stones are very similar. Some of the masonry appears to survive from the medieval church. The nave is built in random rubble, the tower in coursed rubble. All window and door dressings are in a light-coloured sandstone ashlar which in most places is slightly proud of the wall plane. Slate roofs with crested ridge tiles of red colour. Sandstone parapets to all the gables, with finials and carved kneelers.
The tower stands over the W gable of the nave above a corbel table. It has a crenellated and corbelled parapet. The spire has been lost, but its corbelled base at the top of the tower is visible internally. The external entrance to the bellringers' chamber at the N side is reached by unusual stone stairs above the nave roof. The belfry has large single lancets facing N, W and S, and a pair of lancets facing E towards the village.
A stone with a large socket for a preaching cross lies close to the S porch.


The E window is one of the best details of the C19 restoration with a deep trefoiled rear arch and a cluster of three marble scoinson colonettes at each side. There is a carved reredos and patterned tile paving in the chancel. Grey limestone columns in the arcade at the N of the chancel carry limestone arches of a cream colour. The arcade at the N of the nave is in similar style but with the columns in a sandstone of a more purpose colour.

A low recess in the nave wall near the porch is the only surviving early feature of the interior. Over it is a double arch supported on a central corbel. In the C19 reorganisation the W end of the nave was set apart as a Baptistry, with patterned tiles of high colour, some glazed and some encaustic, on the walls and floor. It has a C19 font carved in the Norman style but with the bowl, shaft and pedestal all in contrasting stone types and colours.

The older memorials are all in the S transept, which is known as the Paskeston Chapel or the Lady Chapel. These early memorials are all to the Roch family of Paskeston, the major landowners of Cosheston. The earliest is one to Michael Roch who died in 1748. The rood and the screen to the Paskeston chapel were carved by J Matthias, c.1925.

Reasons for Listing

Listed for the special interest of its medieval origins from which the church derives its form, including an unusual tower. Its C19 interior is richly and consistently detailed.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Old Rectory
    150 m SE of Cosheston Church in Point Lane. The Old Rectory stands about 100 m to the S of the street and faces N.
  • II Hill House and Garden Wall
    Immediately SW of the crossroads in the centre of Cosheston Village. The entrance to the grounds is at the S. The house faces W to an enclosed area, part of which is now (1995) in different ownershi
  • II Funeral Car Tenement
    At the N side of the main village street in Cosheston, about 50 m E of the crossroads. It is in a walled enclosure with steel gates in front, hung on stone gatepiers with steeply weathered copings.
  • II Brewery Inn
    At the S side of the main street of Cosheston, about 200 m E of the crossroads. The house stands back from the street behind a front garden.
  • II Lower Nash Corn Mill
    75 m W of Nash Church, in a group with Lower Nash Farm. Its stream is a tributary of Cosheston Pill. There is a large mill-pond on the E side.
  • II Church of St Mary
    In hamlet of Lower Nash, 1 km SE of Cosheston Church. Reached by a side road N of the A477 road.
  • II Bangeston Hall
    Early to mid C19; a building shown on site on Tithe Map of 1841.
  • II Little Mayeston
    1 km E of Cosheston village. From the unclassified road to Paskeston it is reached by a track to the S.

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