Site: Mathry

Name:Mathry CISP No:MTHRY
Place:Mathry Grid Ref:SM 8790 3200 (GB)   Map
Parish:Mathry Stones:1
County:Pembrokeshire (Penfro) , Wales Saint(s):seven sainted men of Mathry
Site Type:ecclesiastical

Site Notes

RCAHMW/1925, 221--223: `The present church was erected in 1869 and restored in 1902. Though built upon ancient foundations, it does not seem to have incorporated any of the features of its predecessor. Fenton (Tour, p. 29) says that the church of his day was `formerly dignified with a steeple, serving for a landmark to mariners, from its situation on this conspicuous eminence, an exposure that proved the means of its destruction, it being thrown down in a storm'. Two early cross-inscribed stones have been moved to the churchyard from elsewhere in the parish (p. 222). The first, originally from Rhoslanog, has a double ring, cf. the double circle on the back of the inscribed stone from this site. The site is also associated with the legend of the `seven sainted men of Mathry' (pp. 222--223) to whom the church is dedicated.