St Mary's Church, Tenby is a church located in the centre of the town of Tenby in Pembrokeshire, western Wales. The church is in the Diocese of Saint David's within the Church in Wales, and a member of the Anglican Communion.Plan to visit St Mary's Church and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Tenby attractions using our Tenby trip itinerary app .
The majority of the remaining building dates from the 15th century with some features retained from the 13th century. There is believed to have been a church on the site since Norman times, and Gerald of Wales is counted as the earliest Rector of Tenby.
The 13th Century chancel has a 'wagon' roof and the panelled ceiling has 75 bosses carved in a variety of designs including foliage, grotesques, fishes, a mermaid, and a green man, as well as the figure of Jesus surrounded by the four Apostles. St. Thomas' Chapel was added in the mid-15th Century, and the St. Nicholas Chapel was added c. 1485. The spire is also a 15th-century addition. Inside the church is a 15th-century font and a 15th-century bell, cast with the letters 'Sancta Anna'.
The tower is positioned to one side of the chancel and dates from the late 13th century. The first floor served as a chapel, and still has a stone altar and piscina in place.
St Mary's Church Reviews
This is a beautiful church, nestled in Tenby’s busy high street. Lovely and peaceful inside with its own little shop and pretty stained glass windows. more »
A lovely 13th century church with fine stained glass windows and some interesting Tudor tombs and memorials. Nice church in the heart of Tenby. Interesting ceiling.Very peaceful place. more »
What an interesting, well kept church. The history and architecture is well explained. Light pours in. Everything looks cared for and polished. Plenty of explanations of the different features of the church (windows, bells, statues etc) Clearly this is a church that is at the heart of this Tenby community and well assisted. It shows.
Beautiful church with an amazing history. Thanks to the wonderful guide I came away knowing a lot about this building & its interior.
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