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Church of the Holy Cross, Kilgwrrwg
Church of the Holy Cross
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"a medieval church from a now deserted village"
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51°40′56″N 2°46′45″W / 51.6822°N 2.7793°W / 51.6822; -2.7793
Location Kilgwrrwg, Monmouthshire
Country Wales
Denomination Church in Wales
Status Parish church
Founded C13th century
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 19 August 1955
Architectural type Church
Style Early English/Decorated
Parish Kilgwrrwg
Deanery Netherwent
Archdeaconry Monmouth
Diocese Monmouth

The Church of the Holy Cross, Kilgwrrwg, Monmouthshire is an early medieval parish church that once supported a now abandoned village. A Grade II* listed building, the church remains an active parish church.


The writer Clive Aslet, who describes the church as "the remotest (.) in Wales", recounts the legend of the founding of the church, on the spot where two yoked heifers rested. The circular churchyard suggests a Celtic, possibly pre-Christian, origin for the site. The present church is early medieval, Cadw suggesting a 13th-century date. The existing features are from the 16th, 17th and 19th centuries. By the early 19th century, the church was described as little more than "a dilapidated sheepfold". A restoration took place in 1820, at the instigation, and mostly at the expense, of a local schoolmaster, James Davies. More extensive rebuilding was undertaken by John Prichard in 1871, and again in 1977-9 (Cadw) or 1989-90 (Newman). At the time of the 20th century reconstruction, the church was named Holy Cross, no earlier dedication being recorded.

Architecture and description

The church is constructed of Old Red Sandstone, the style a mix of Early English and Decorated. It consists of a chancel, nave, porch and bellcote. The interior is simple, the chancel having a plain truss rather than an arch. The church is Grade II* listed, the listing noting it as an "attractive and little altered medieval church from a now deserted village".

The churchyard contains an early cross, which is both a Grade II listed structure and a Scheduled monument.

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