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Standing in ruins since the 1840s, by the beginning of the 20th century this little 12th-century church was roofless and its walls were crumbling. There was talk of rebuilding and restoring it, and before World War I a significant amount of money had been raised for the purpose, but the war intervened and it was not until 1925 that work began. The architect was John Coates-Carter, by then officially retired. He was a follower of the Arts and Crafts Movement, that group of intellectuals, artists and craftsmen who believed that traditional crafts and skills could be combined with creative inspiration to create objects and buildings that were both useful and beautiful. The building that Coates-Carter recreated adheres exactly to those principles. The church is simple and simply furnished, with a rood screen and rood made to Coates-Carter’s designs and built in Cheltenham (Coates-Carter’s place of retirement). The raised chancel and altar can be reached through the screen or via a tiny transept. Behind the stone altar is a highly idiosyncratic reredos that shows Christ reigning from the Cross, and with a background of the sun, moon and a rainbow.

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Discover Pembrokeshire

Wales meets the Atlantic Ocean in spectacular fashion at Pembrokeshire. Unlike the West Country, Pembrokeshire can offer the coast without the crowds, and quaint fishing villages without those huge coach parks. Volcanic eruptions and earth movements have left a tortured rocky coastline of some 160 miles, whose beauty and drama have been recognised by National Park status. 

Sometimes known as ‘Little England Beyond Wales’, the county has held a fascination for English visitors ever since the first Norman warlords forced their way in 800 years ago, leaving a string of 50 fine castles in their wake. The anonymous author of The Mabinogion, an 11th-century collection of Welsh folk legends, started it all. His description of the old Celtic kingdom of Dyfed (which encompasses Cardiganshire, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire) as ‘the land of magic and enchantment’ was perhaps the earliest written attempt to sum up the outstanding natural beauty of this wonderful westernmost outpost of Wales. This is a county where you can take it easy on the sandy beaches, make sport out of those Atlantic waves, or discover the mysteries of St David’s or the ancient Preseli Hills.

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