Day two of our getaway dawned and after a leisurely breakfast there was only one thing on my mind. No, not the inexplicable periodic dull knocking in the cottage walls (no heating on, not the pipes), but church exploration! With ominous looking cloud cover, we decided to delay our plans and to visit nearby Tenby by an hour or so. I can't resist an old church.
We put on our shoes in the boot room, trying our best to ignore the ghostly knocking (best not give these things energy) and headed across the lane to St Elidyr's Church (aka St James and St Elidyr or Stackpole Elidor Church). The name is subject to some debate.
The church is Grade I listed and has medieval origins, although most of the original church structure, save for the 12th or 13th century tower and part of the chancel, has been absorbed into later additions. Note the 19th century lychgate designed by Christopher Hatton Turnor (1873 - 1940) in memory of John Frederick Vaughan, second Earl Cawdor, who died in 1881. Along the ridge are lead representations of the Galley of Lorne from the Cawdor arms. The designer was the nephew of the wife of the third Earl and was a much respected architect of his day, responsible, amongst other things, for designs for the Cairo museum. The gate is generally considered to be a significant example of art nouveau.
The church is cruciform in shape and nestles neatly into a wooded hillside.
As per usual, I had failed to do any research, although in fairness, our proximity to the church was something of a surprise.
Venturing inside, I was quickly inspired to reach for my camera.
Gareth at some point drifted from view. I wonder where he went?
I was intrigued by this view into the vestry through a broken pane of glass...
...and the casual storage of signage and church calendar event props in the pews.