St. Bridget Church, Skenfrith

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St. Bridget Church. Skenfrith, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Wales, U.K. Text and photos of the church, cemetery and individual grave stones.

St. Bridget Church is a Grade 1 listed building.,_Skenfrith

The church was consecrated in 1207. "Cornerstone, the journal of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) describes the church of St. Bridget as "one of the star buildings of Monmouthshire, a red sandstone church enlarged in later middle ages and again in C17 and with a timber belfry to the west tower, stands on the banks of the River Monnow, separating England and Wales, opposite a medieval castle and surrounded by hills in the small village of Skenfrith. It contains treasures of all kinds; some medieval glass, part of a medieval chancery screen, wall paintings, monuments, decorative Jacobean pews and early benches, furnishings from a 1660s re-ordering including the font, even an Opus Anglicanum C15 cope."

"Site Description St Bridget's Church is a small medieval church built in several phases, the earliest phase is believed to date from the reign of King John (1199-1216), with aisles added before the fifteenth century. The tower walls are 5 feet thick and topped by a low 2-stage timber-framed "dovecote" belfry, the lower stage close-studded and the upper with two tiers of small square louvred openings and a pyramidal roof. The north aisle contains a very fine sixteenth century chest tomb of John Morgan (d. 1557), steward of the Duchy of Lancaster, last governor of the "Three Castles" (Grossmont, Skenfrith and White Castle), and MP for Monmouthshire Boroughs in 1553 and 1554. The lid has incised carving of the subject (a bearded man in cap and robe) together with his wife, surrounded by margin lettering. The church was repaired and restored in the later seventeenth century, and the nave and chancel roofs were replaced in 1896 by E.G. Davies. Further restoration was carried out 1909-1910. Source: CADW listed bildings database."

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Photos of grave stones,- Name and Date of death:

Austin, Elizabeth 1770

Austin, John 1770

Austin, Morgan 1785

Baker, Stephen Cattley

Baker, Stehen Graham

Biggs, James

Carter, George 1814

Crawfurd, Anne Horatia 1855

Edwards, William 1889

Esmé, Cora 1934

Evans, Margaret 1887

Gwilli, David 1689

James, Katherine  ?

Leocke, Elizabeth 1612

Lewis, Moses 1878

Lewis, Richard Higgins 1870

Luton, Emma 1880

Meredith, John 1889

Meredith, Joseph 1887

Moses, Jane 1917

Parry, Samuel 1690

Phillips, Anne

Phillips, James

Phillips, James (colonel) 1750

Phillips, Jane

Philpotts, Jane 1939

Philpotts, William John 1916

Vaughan, George 1772

Vaughan, William 1758

Wilkes, Edwin 1913

Williams, Mary 1879


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