St Mary, Cardigan

St Mary, Cardigan
Record Type:
Parish Church
Church code:
St Davids

Statutory Designation Information

Listed Building?
This is a Grade II* Listed Building
Scheduled Monument?
There is a Scheduled Monument within the curtilage or precinct

National Park

The church is not in a National Park

Conservation Area

The church is in a Conservation Area

Buildings At Risk Status

On Buildings At Risk Register?
This church is not on the Buildings at Risk Register

Approximate Date

Approximate Date:

Exterior Image

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Summary Description

Cardigan was founded by Roger de Montgomery and present castle was the work of Gilbert de Clare in c1100. The castle was the site of the ‘first’ eisteddfod in 1176. The town is at the head of navigation for sea going vessels with associated ship building. The coming of the railway ‘y cardi bach’ brought a decline in such trade. A Benedictine priory, dependent on Chertsey Abbey in Surrey was established in the early C12. The Priory Mansion was converted into a hospital while the Priory church is now the town church. In Medieval times it was a place of pilgrimage to see the ‘taper of the Virgin Mary’ which burned without being consumed for nine years. Reference Buildings of Wales –Carmarthen and Ceredigion 2006 The Encyclopaedia of Wales Abbeys & Priories of Medieval Wales Janet Burton and Kate Stöber 2015 Cadw Listing Notice.

Visiting and Facilities

The church is open for worship.
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Church Website

Church Website:
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Sources and Further Information

View information on worship and access at this church on the Church In Wales web site
RCAHMW (2004) Coflein [Digital Archive/Document]