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ST MARY'S CHURCH, FISHGUARD

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NPRN 193

Map Reference SM93NE

Grid Reference SM9580337042

Unitary (Local) Authority Pembrokeshire

Old County Pembrokeshire

Community Fishguard and Goodwick

Type of Site CHURCH

Broad Class RELIGIOUS RITUAL AND FUNERARY

Period 19th Century, Medieval

Site Description The present church was rebuilt in 1855-7, replacing an earlier church. It was designed by Thomas Clark of Trowbridge who offered his services free of cost. It has a broad nave and an apsed chancel and south-east vestry and is dressed in yellow terracotta. Inside there are side aisles rather than a central aisle and a prominent pulpit and a balcony, showing a Nonconformist influence. There is a single broad nave with deep arch-braced trusses. The church is notable for its stained glass, including a tiny two-light medieval window which is supposed to have been saved from a lost medieval chapel in Llanfartin, nearby. Of particular interest are windows by John Petts: an eastern window depicting Christ on a vibrant scarlet background and the legend ‘I am with you always’ (1986) and a western triple window depicting turbulent, blue scenes with frightened men in the left and right window and Christ in the middle. Under the images are the words ‘Peace be still’. In the churchyard is a memorial to a local soldier who died in the Boer War, David James Sandsbrook (Nprn419828). Also in the churchyard is a memorial stone to Jemima Nicholas, ‘Jemima Fawr’, (c.1750-1832), hero of the 1797 French invasion of Fishgaurd.

(Source: Thomas Lloyd, Julian Orbach and Robert Scourfield, The Buildings of Wales: Pembrokeshire (London: 2004), p. 186.)
A.N.Coward, RCAHMW, 12.04.2018

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