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Ruins of Old Church of a St Brynach

A Grade II Listed Building in Dinas Cross, Pembrokeshire

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Latitude: 52.0235 / 52°1'24"N

Longitude: -4.8947 / 4°53'40"W

OS Eastings: 201493

OS Northings: 240078

OS Grid: SN014400

Mapcode National: GBR CP.GLL3

Mapcode Global: VH1QH.3DQM

Plus Code: 9C4Q24F4+C4

Entry Name: Ruins of Old Church of a St Brynach

Listing Date: 16 January 1952

Last Amended: 17 November 1994

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 11977

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: Situated overlooking bay on SE side of Dinas Island.

County: Pembrokeshire

Community: Dinas Cross (Dinas)

Community: Dinas Cross

Locality: Cwm-Yr-Eglwys

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire

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The medieval church of St Brynach was said to have replaced one at Brynhellan. It had nave, chancel, S transept and W bellcote according to mid C19 engraving: the surviving detail looks C15. It was severely damaged by storms in 1851 and destroyed in the great storm of 25 October 1859, leaving only the W gable. It was not rebuilt, but replaced by the present church of St Brynach at Brynhenllan, 1860-1 by R K Penson.


Rubble stone low W wall and bellcote. Low Tudor-arched doorway with rough chamfered jambs and head in similar grey stone to C15 barn at Pentre Ifan, Nevern. Low pitched gable, coped in slates. Bellcote has 2 Tudor-arched chamfered openings in similar stone and slates to gable coping. Inner door head and rough stone voussoirs to cambered head.

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  • II Cwm Dewi Fawr
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  • II* Brynhenllan Chapel
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  • II Brynhenllan Cottage
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