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St Maurice's Church

A Scheduled Monument in Port Eynon (Port Einon), Swansea (Abertawe)

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Latitude: 51.5794 / 51°34'45"N

Longitude: -4.2111 / 4°12'40"W

OS Eastings: 246885

OS Northings: 189043

OS Grid: SS468890

Mapcode National: GBR GS.279R

Mapcode Global: VH3MW.YKLL

Entry Name: St Maurice's Church

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3749

Cadw Legacy ID: GM156

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Church

Period: Medieval

County: Swansea (Abertawe)

Community: Port Eynon (Port Einon)

Traditional County: Glamorgan


The monument comprises the remains of a church, probably dating to the medieval period. The church is oriented east-north-east to west-south-west and has an external measurement of 17.0m by 5.0m. The walls are stone and mortar built and in a ruinous condition. They are partly grass covered and average 1.0m high except for the north-east corner which stands to the eaves. They are 0.8m thick. Many stones are heaped in the interior. A block of masonry, apparently from the chapel, lies in the field, 10.0m to the south of the south-east corner. There are now no architectural features of dateable antiquity. No trace was found of a well in the vicinity and there is no tradition of a holy well in this area.

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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