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Parish Church of St Michael and All Angels

A Grade II* Listed Building in Llandow, Vale of Glamorgan

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Latitude: 51.4368 / 51°26'12"N

Longitude: -3.4669 / 3°28'0"W

OS Eastings: 298135

OS Northings: 171886

OS Grid: SS981718

Mapcode National: GBR HK.NLPM

Mapcode Global: VH5HZ.V4KW

Plus Code: 9C3RCGPM+P7

Entry Name: Parish Church of St Michael and All Angels

Listing Date: 22 February 1963

Last Amended: 26 October 1995

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 13141

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: Located to the S of Llanmihangel Place, set on a slope on the opposite side of the road facing Llanmihangel Place, set within the churchyard, to the SW of the barn and stable at Llanmihangel.

County: Vale of Glamorgan

Community: Llandow (Lland┼Á)

Community: Llandow

Locality: Llanmihangel

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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The church consists of nave, stepped down and narrower, chancel, south porch and west tower. The church has C11th origins and the present structure was first built mainly in the C13. The tower dates from the C15, the church was restored in Perpendicular manner in 1888-89 by John Morgan of Pontyclun to plans by F.R. Kempson diocesan architect, with donations from Lord Dunraven. The work included new floors, a new roof to the nave and re-seating throughout. New fenestration, including the E window was undertaken at this time. In 1909 a staircase turret was designed by E. Jenkin Williams of Cardiff, because the upper floors of the tower were originally only accessed by external ladder.


The church is constructed of random rubble with slate roofs to the chancel and nave. Three-light Perpendicular E window replacing the two-light squaare-headed window now re-set to N side. The E end of the nave and the stair tower have single octagonal shafted ashlar chimney stacks with crenellated caps. The S side of the nave is lit by a two-light, cinquefoiled window with foliate label stops. To the W of the porch is a single, square-headed light and a large buttress. The S porch has a slated gabled roof with an obtusely pointed, chamfered inner doorway and an acutely pointed outer doorway surmounted by a dripstone. Flanking stone benches. The tower has a saddleback roof with corbel table below and gables facing E and W. Each face has a square-headed louvred light with cross loopholes beneath. At the base of the tower is a heavy stringcourse. To the N side is the later staircase turret, lit by a trefoil headed lancet with cross loophole above. The W door has a rounded doorway with a two-light, cusped, square-headed window above. The N side of the nave is lit by a single cinquefoiled light with a square-headed light (formerly lighting the rood loft) above. At the W end of the nave is a trefoil-headed window. All the windows are glazed with lattice glass in pink, green and yellow. A round-headed doorway in the N wall leads to the rood loft mural staircase.


The chancel arch is rounded and plain with a pair of corbels, one either side indicating the original eaves height of the Norman church. The roof dates from the C15 and is in the form of a wagon roof. A Norman pillar piscina is set into the S wall of the chancel. On south side of chancel is a good early C18 classical wall monument to the Edwin family with fluted pilasters, composite capitals and semicircular pediment surmounted by putti and cartouche. The nave has a C19 arch braced roof with curved windbraces between the wallplate and the purlins and the principal rafters are lodged on large stone corbels. Panelled ceiling to the E end of the nave. On the N wall of the nave are four grotesque heads on the corbels, the other corbels around the church have small shields, each with a cross. On the N wall of the nave is a reset effigy of Griffith Grant (died 1591) with his hands elevated in prayer. A C19 pulpit, organ lectern and pews. C13 font on a circular stem to the N side of the nave. Tower arch is a narrow, two-centred arch.

Reasons for Listing

Listed grade II* for its medieval origins and the special interest of its historic context with the Grade 1 Llanmihangel Place.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II St Anne's Well
    Located beyond the W end of the church of St. Michael, outside of the churchyard, on the opposite side of the road to Llanmihangel Place.
  • I Llanmihangel Place
    Located to N of the Parish Church, approximately three miles South of Cowbridge.
  • II* Barn and Stable to E of Llanmihangel Place
    Situated at the far side of the farmyard across the lane alongside Llanmihangel Place.
  • II Two flights of steps up to Terrace and Yew Tree Pleasance
    Located immediately to the rear of Llanmihangel Place.
  • II Rectory Farm
    Located at the end of a long track heading N at the junction of the Sigingstone/Llanmihangel Road.
  • II Green Farm
    Located opposite the Queen Victoria Public House, at the centre of Sigingstone village, set down a private driveway.
  • II Village Hall
    Located on the E side of the road leading from The Herberts to Llandough village, approximately 1km S of Llandough village. Set back off the road behind a pair of iron gates, set in front of the Rec
  • II The Rectory
    Located immediately to the rear of the Old Schoolhouse.

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