St Mary's Church, Tenby

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The spire of St Mary's Church, Tenby

St Mary's Church, Tenby is a church located in the centre of the town of Tenby in Pembrokeshire, western Wales. The church is in the Diocese of Saint David's within the Church in Wales, and members of the Anglican Communion.

Most of what remains dates from the 15th century but with some remains from the 13th century.[1] There is believed to have been a church on the site since Norman times.

The 13th-century chancel has a 'wagon' roof and the panelled ceiling has 75 bosses carved with a variety of foliage designs, grotesques, fishes and a mermaid. St. Thomas' Chapel was added in the mid-15th century, and the St. Nicholas Chapel was added in c. 1485. The spire was also a 15th-century addition. Inside the church is a 15th-century font and a 15th-century bell with the letters 'Sancta Anna'.

The tower is positioned to one side of the chancel and dates from the late 13th century. The first floor served as a chapel, and still has a stone altar and piscina in place.

The church has two fonts, one dating from the 15th century and another late Gothic example from the 19th century.[1]

The church contains several memorials, including the tombs of Thomas and John White, both Mayors of Tenby in the fifteenth century. Thomas White was famous for hiding a young Henry Tudor from King Richard III.

There is also a wall tablet in memory of Robert Recorde, an Elizabethan scholar, who introduced the equals sign ( = ) to mathematical calculation.

The church was Grade I listed in 1951,[2] being of exceptional architectural and historical interest.


  1. ^ a b ST MARY'S CHURCH, TENBY;CHURCH OF ST MARY IN LIBERTY, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales. Updated 13 November 2007. Retrieved 2012-02-26.
  2. ^ "Church of Saint Mary in Liberty, Tenby". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 

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Coordinates: 51°40′19″N 4°42′00″W / 51.672°N 4.7°W / 51.672; -4.7