St. Bridget’s church, in the village of Skenfrith, is one of Monmouthshire’s finest historic buildings and one of the oldest churches in continuous use. With its significant timber belfry to the west tower, St. Bridget’s stands on the banks of the river Monnow, separating England and Wales, opposite the medieval Skenfrith Castle and surrounded by rolling hills.
This red sandstone church was enlarged beyond its tower and nave in the middle ages and was reformed after the restoration in the 17th century. Untouched by any victorian makeover, major work was carried out in1909-10 using the principles of the art and craft movement led by William Morris. Most recently money raised allowed the Friends of St. Bridget’s to contribute to the reinstatement of the stone roof tiles and the conservation of internal plaster and wall paintings.
St. Bridget’s contains all sorts of interesting treasures such as medieval glass, part of a medieval chancery screen, wall paintings, monuments, tomb stones, decorative jacobean pews and early benches, furnishings from a 1660s re-ordering including the font, even an opus anglicanum 15th century cope which has recently been restored.
Services are held every sunday at 9.15am and funerals, baptisms and weddings can be arranged.
Join us for the Skenfrith tour on (most) Wednesdays
Meet at The Bell at Skenfrith at 10.30 for coffee and biscuits
Tour is from 11am until 12.30pm and led by an historic tour guide
Return to The Bell for lunch (not included in price and pre-orders are recommended)
Tour costs £8 per person (minimum 6 people) and must be pre-booked by contacting The Bell on 01600 750235
Coach parties are very welcome by prior arrangement