St Mary, Penterry, Monmouthshire, Wales - 27th September 2004

The 27th September was devoted to a walk from Penterry to Tintern Abbey, encompassing several churches, followed by a leisurely church crawl by car.

St Mary's Church has an idyllic setting surrounded by fields, with the nearest access across a field from a minor road.  Sadly it was locked, like to many churches in the area, so no internal pictures were possible.

St Mary, Penterry, Monmouthshire, Wales - 27th September 2004 - MTC

The church is ancient, having a Norman window on the north side of the sanctuary and a two light 15th century square headed east window.

St Mary, Penterry, Monmouthshire, Wales - 27th September 2004 - MTC

The door was moved from the south to the west during Prichard & Seddon's restoration of 1853-61, when the bell turret and open sided porch (with hideous modern roof and brick infill) were also added.

St Mary, Penterry, Monmouthshire, Wales - 27th September 2004 - MTC

Penterry church is surrounded by earthworks, which have been interpreted by experts as a medieval occupation site. The manorial history of the area is complex, but Penterry seems to have been deserted quite early on (certainly by the end of the medieval period).

Here is the view from the south.

St Mary, Penterry, Monmouthshire, Wales - 27th September 2004 - MTC

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