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Slebech Old Church

A Scheduled Monument in Martletwy, Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

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Latitude: 51.7893 / 51°47'21"N

Longitude: -4.8548 / 4°51'17"W

OS Eastings: 203206

OS Northings: 213929

OS Grid: SN032139

Mapcode National: GBR CQ.YJGP

Mapcode Global: VH1RN.S9T4

Entry Name: Slebech Old Church

Scheduled Date: 17 June 1952

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2697

Cadw Legacy ID: PE275

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Church

Period: Medieval

County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

Community: Martletwy

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire


The monument comprises the remains of a church, dating to the medieval period comprising chancel, nave, north and south transepts, and north porch with tower. Associated with the Commandery of the Knights Hospitaller it was in existence before 1152, when Worcester Abbey resigned its interest and granted the church to the Knights. It was not listed in the Taxatio of 1291. It became a parish church at the Dissolution. In the early 19th century it was replaced by a new church on the present A40 and was reduced to its present condition of a stable but roofless ruin for occasional open air services. Medieval effigies from the north porch, possibly of 15th century Sir John Wogan and wife were removed to the new church.

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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