Priory and Parish Church of St Mary, Chepstow, Monmouthshire, Wales - 26th & 30th September 2004

A short stop to consult the map allowed me to take this picture of St Mary's in brilliant sunshine.  I returned later in the week to visit the interior.

Parish and Priory Church of St Mary, Chepsow, Monmouthshire, Wales - 26th September 2004 - MTC

Here are two views of the nave, the first looking east (sorry about the rain drops on the lens) and the second looking west (lens cleaned!).

Parish and Priory Church of St Mary, Chepsow, Monmouthshire, Wales - 26th September 2004 - MTCParish and Priory Church of St Mary, Chepsow, Monmouthshire, Wales - 26th September 2004 - MTC

This church has two fonts, the first on display in the west end and the second in use.  The westernmost font is 15th century and is of unusual design. The font was left in the churchyard for many years and is damaged beyond use.  The Norman font, further down the nave, stands on a more modern base.

Parish and Priory Church of St Mary, Chepsow, Monmouthshire, Wales - 26th September 2004 - MTCParish and Priory Church of St Mary, Chepsow, Monmouthshire, Wales - 26th September 2004 - MTC

Here is the pipe organ. Before the Civil War, this organ was the Chancel organ in Gloucester Cathedral. In 1663 it was sold to the Bristol Cathedral organist , Mr Deane, for 65.  In 1685 Bristol acquired a new organ and this organ was moved to Chepstow.  It has been modified and enlarged several times since.

Parish and Priory Church of St Mary, Chepsow, Monmouthshire, Wales - 26th September 2004 - MTC

The Worcester Tomb. The effigies are of Henry, 2nd Earl of Worcester, and his second wife, Elizabeth, dressed in Coronation robes. Henry was the eldest son of Charles Somerset (illegitimate son of Henry Beaufort, 3rd Duke of Somerset). Elizabeth was the daughter of Sir Anthony Brown, KG (Standard bearer to Henry VIII)>

Parish and Priory Church of St Mary, Chepsow, Monmouthshire, Wales - 26th September 2004 - MTC

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