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St. Twynnell's Church

A Grade II* Listed Building in Stackpole, Pembrokeshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.6397 / 51°38'22"N

Longitude: -4.9647 / 4°57'52"W

OS Eastings: 194954

OS Northings: 197592

OS Grid: SR949975

Mapcode National: GBR G7.ZLDL

Mapcode Global: VH1SC.W1QV

Entry Name: St. Twynnell's Church

Listing Date: 14 May 1970

Last Amended: 8 February 1996

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 6018

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: 800 m N of B4319 by a side road opposite Loveston Farm

County: Pembrokeshire

Community: Stackpole and Castlemartin (Stackpole a Chastellmartin)

Community: Stackpole

Locality: St. Twynnells

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire

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History

Documentary evidence shows the existence of a church of St Twinnell (St Gwynnog) under the Abbey of Sees in 1259. Masonry in the S side of the nave suggests a C12 date. St Twynell's was restored in 1858 by Lord Cawdor.

Exterior

Sandstone masonry, partially in large courses (nave, tower), elsewhere in random rubble. Partially rendered at W and N. Slate roofs with C19 verge parapets.
The tower consists of two stages and is built upon the W end of the nave vault; this shows the massiveness of the nave vault. Its lower stage above the nave has a rough vault spanning E-W and window facing E. Its upper stage has a steep corbelled dome with slate covering, hidden by the parapet. Louvred belfry openings to N, E and S. Stairs turret in the SW corner of the tower. The tower parapet is on corbels and there is a similar corbelled detail, with less projection, at top of the stairs turret.

Interior

Unusually long and narrow nave, approx. 17m by 5m, with a tall pointed vault. Blocked remnant of the N transept. This and the S transept are vaulted and open full height to the nave. Porch also vaulted. Squint from the S transept to the chancel.
C19 enlarged chancel arch in two orders. The chancel has a timber roof with scissor beams. Vestry N of the chancel with large stone chimney. Three-light E window. Other windows throughout restored in lancet style. Chancel floor in Minton encaustic tiles with arms of Lord Cawdor.
Undecorated Norman font of cushion type, on a short pillar with base.

Reasons for Listing

Listed II* as a retaining major fabric from the mediaeval church.

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