St Cristiolus's Church, Eglwyswrw, Pembrokeshire
Dedication: St Cristiolus
Photograph 1: John Ball
Date: 24 July 1998
Camera: Agfa ePhoto 307 digital
Date: 5 October 2011
Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi
The church has medieval masonry but the features are of 1829 and 1883 when a north transept was removed. There was once a chapel near the holy well here but it was destroyed by order of Elizabeth I's Privy Council because it was frequented by Catholics.
[Source: The Old Parish Churches of South-West Wales by Mike Slater, published 1994, Folly Publications, Malvern; ISBN 1-871731-19-4]
Above: St Cristiolus's Church – south aspect.
The church of Saint Cristiolus stands high on a mound in the centre of the village of Eglwyswrw. It is a 19th-century church built on a much more ancient site. Partial survival of what appears to be the original circular churchyard enclosure has been noted from aerial photographs; the churchyard is used as a cemetery. The present church was built in 1881-3 to designs of Middleton & Son, retaining the walls of the church of 1829. It is constructed of rubble stone with dressings of Bath stone and Pwntan (?) sandstone, and consists of nave and chancel, timbered gabled porch on the southwest, west bellcote and a west lean-to vestry of 1930 with stepped parapet and imitation stone dressings. Windows are various but include a big rose window in the west gable wall. In the porch are two broken pieces of fifteenth-century tracery. Inside, the roofs are notable: five-sided rafter roof in the nave, ribbed and panelled in the chancel. The chancel arch is heavily corbelled. Fittings include a plain medieval square font, possibly fourteenth century.
[Source: Coflein database of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (accessed 22 Mar 2016)]
Above: St Cristiolus's Church – southwest aspect.
Below: St Cristiolus's Church – chancel arch.