Penallt Old Church

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Penallt Old Church
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Penallt Old Church
51°47′36″N 2°41′40″W / 51.7932°N 2.6945°W / 51.7932; -2.6945Coordinates: 51°47′36″N 2°41′40″W / 51.7932°N 2.6945°W / 51.7932; -2.6945
Location Monmouthshire
Country Wales
Denomination Church in Wales
Status Grade I listed
Years built late 13th/early 14th century
Diocese Monmouth

Penallt Old Church is located just outside the village of Penallt, Monmouthshire, Wales. It is a Grade I listed building as of 19 November 1953.[1]

History and architecture[edit]

The church dates from the late thirteenth century or early fourteenth century and its dedication is unknown.[2] The main part of the building is medieval, although the base of the tower is earlier,[3] and the porch is later, bearing a date of 1539.[4] The church was restored in 1885-7 and again in 1951.[3] It is constructed of Old Red Sandstone.[2]

The interior has a barrel-shaped ceiling from the sixteenth century and a four-bay Perpendicular arcade.[3] It also contains an elaborate coat of arms of Queen Anne, dating from 1707.[5] The altar table was carved in 1916 by a war refugee from Begian, who was reputed to be a master carver at St. Rumbold's Cathedral in Mechelen.[6]

Services are still held at the church on Sundays.[7]


  1. ^ Good Stuff IT Services (1953-11-19). "Penallt Old Church (St Mary's)". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  2. ^ a b Newman 2000, pp. 461-2.
  3. ^ a b c "Penallt Old Church; St Mary'S Church, Penallt". Coflein. 2003-09-17. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  4. ^ "Penallt". 2006-09-05. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  5. ^ "The Old Church". Penallt. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  6. ^ Jenkins 2008, p. 190.
  7. ^ "Trellech and Penallt". Monmouth Churches Together Retrieved 2012-02-08.