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Penmaen Burrows Church

A Scheduled Monument in Ilston (Llanddinol), Swansea (Abertawe)

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Latitude: 51.5731 / 51°34'23"N

Longitude: -4.1207 / 4°7'14"W

OS Eastings: 253134

OS Northings: 188160

OS Grid: SS531881

Mapcode National: GBR GV.0M6F

Mapcode Global: VH4KD.JQFD

Entry Name: Penmaen Burrows Church

Scheduled Date: 14 December 1964

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3752

Cadw Legacy ID: GM130

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Church

Period: Medieval

County: Swansea (Abertawe)

Community: Ilston (Llanddinol)

Traditional County: Glamorgan


The monument comprises the remains of a church probably dating to the medieval period. The church, on Penmaen Burrows, was probably besanded before AD 1320. It was excavated in 1861 by Moggridge and Eaton, revealing a stone altar, a well-preserved piscina and four graves set in the floor. Over the solid stone altar had been a single-light window, while in the north wall of the chancel, near the east end, was a similar window. Finds included fragments of early painted glass, a stone muller and flat grinding stone with red pigment, and early English jug and a 12th or 13th century thurible.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of medieval ecclesiastical organisation. The monument forms an important element within the wider medieval context and the structure itself may be expected to contain archaeological information in regard to chronology, building techniques and functional detail.

The scheduled area comprises the remains described and areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.

Source: Cadw

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