St Michael's Church, Michaelston-y-fedw, Glamorgan(Michaelston-y-fedw parish crossed the Monmouthshire-Glamorgan border, but the church was actually in Glamorgan)
Note 1: It is believed that this church dates back to around the 4th century, and was possibly a military post of some kind for the Romans.
Note 2: The wide 13th century nave and chancel form one block, although there is an original chancel arch between them. There are pilaster buttresses on th side walls, triple east lancets, and other single lancets in the side walls. Later 13th century additions are the south porch and west tower with an embattled parapet upon a corbel table. The tower doorway is a later insertion. A south chapel witha floor high above that of the church was added in the late 16th century. The font with a snake on the shaft and flowering foliage on the bowl is probably Norman, and there is a foliated cross slab plus a fragmentary pre-Reformation altar slab.
Below: The southeastern corner of the chancel.
Note 3: The stained glass window over the Altar is late 19th century and was presented by Mrs Kemys Tynte in memory of her late husband, Colonel Charles Kemys Tynte. The centre light depicts the Ascension; the south light depicts St Michael and (possibly) the warrior saints: St Maurice, St Thomas, St Gereon and St Barbara, the patron saint of Artillerymen. The north light shows St Cecilia and the martyr St Agatha.
Note 4: The pews are late 19th century and replaced the high pews that stood there since the time of a fire that gutted the Church in the 15th century. After this fire a Vestry was built outside the North wall of the Chancel.
Note 5: A number of members of the Kemys family of Cefn Mably lie to rest at the church, including Nicholas Kemeys who defended Chepstow Castle against the Roundheads.