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Churches which still retain west gallery features or connections

Bayvil, Nr Nevern, St Andrew SN 102406.  St Andrew's is a modest but evocative late Georgian box with Gothick windows, and a completely intact interior. The chief joy is the painted and panelled pulpit and reading desk, the former so tall it almost touches the ceiling with its sounding board. There remains a complete set of box pews and an unusually elaborate memorial tablet against the east wall. Link to Friends of Friendless Churches Site
Burton, Dedication not known 19th C bow-fronted west gallery with organ  
Capel Colman, Dedication not known Dates from 1835, with west gallery.
Fishguard, Parish Church of St Mary
Church and west gallery date from 1857.

                          Photos 1 & 2 courtesy Chris Stafford
Manorbier, St Mary, 14th C oak loft leading into the tower.  (Shell Guide)

The striking 12th century white tower of St Mary's Church, bright in the spring morning sunlight, and beyond Manorbier Bay, flanked by jagged red sandstone cliffs which are typical of south Pembrokeshire.  The tower has recently had a considerable amount of restoration work carried out to it.

There are many interesting features within the church including an ancient font that shows signs of rechiselling after extensive damage. There are different shaped arches of varying sizes and it is thought that at least some if not all were cut through formerly solid walls. The history of the building is difficult to decipher today following restoration work in 1867 when the stone work was covered in plaster.  Worth a visit, but take your time as there is a fascinating castle to visit at the same time!

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Manorbier, St James


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Churches which are known to have had west gallery features or connections

Chapels which have west gallery features or connections

Fishguard, Herman Chapel Chapel dates from 1776, restored 1832.  Galleries on four sides.  Box-pews  BP
Haverford West, Congregational Tabernacle Tabernacle dates from 1774.  There is a three sided gallery with cast-iron grille.
Llandewi Velfry, Baptist Chapel West gallery dates from 1832 (date on gallery pillar).  Building may be older. 
Manordeifi, New Chapel Building dates from 1848.  Has gallery
Nolton, Chapel Building dates from 1858. Has gallery.
Pembroke, St Mary the Virgin SM984015    A recess high on the east wall would have housed a gallery similar to that which can still be seen at Manorbier church.  (Which one?? - Ed) The blocked entrance doorway can still be seen in the ringing chamber of the tower.

Church with C12 or early C13 origins. The N aisle and tower are probably C14. Restoration undertaken 1869-1882, with later C19 and C20 additions

The Victorian ecclesiologist Professor Freeman describes the tower as ‘among the most remarkable towers of Pembrokeshire ... conspicuous for its immense massiveness, which gives it a more military effect than any of the others’.  It contains a ring of eight bells, the earliest of which dates from 1763.  Two more were added in 1765, one bearing the inscription ‘Thomas Rudhall made us all’.  The last two were added to commemorate Queen Victoria’s jubilee in 1897.

This ancient parish church with its distinctive fortified tower was founded in the 13th century, the tower and north aisle added in 1350, and the whole restored in 1880.

The nave holds eight stained glass windows by the famous Victorian artist Charles Kempe, and a pleasing variety of memorials to local gentry. A distinctive one from 1610 was carved from a piece of discarded alabaster from the rood screen originally erected in the early 1400s.

There is an early Norman font, a Lady Chapel and the location of two early galleries can be clearly seen.

The tower contains a peal of eight bells, still actively rung on Sundays, Tuesdays and on other special occasions.

The church is close to Pembroke Castle dating from 1093, sited on the original crossroads of the old town, and recently a memorial garden has been created at the back of the church making a delightful place to enjoy a picnic whilst enjoying an excellent view of the Pembroke River and the extensive Millpond.

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