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St Michael's Church, Tremain
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West front of St Michael's Church, Tremain
Coordinates: 52°06′28″N 4°34′42″W / 52.1078°N 4.5782°W / 52.1078; -4.5782
Location Tremain (or Tremaen), Ceredigion
Country Wales
Denomination Church in Wales
Website Friends of Friendless Churches
History
Status Former parish church
Architecture
Functional status Redundant
Heritage designation Grade II*
Designated 17 August 2009
Architect(s) John Jones
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1846
Completed 1848
Closed 2008
Specifications
Materials Pwntan sandstone
Slate roofs

St Michael's Church, Tremain, is a redundant church in the hamlet of Tremain (or Tremaen), Ceredigion, Wales. It has been designated by Cadw as a Grade II* listed building, and is under the care of the Friends of Friendless Churches.

History

The church was built in 1846–48 on the site of an earlier church. The architect was John Jones, who had trained in London with George Gilbert Scott and William Moffatt. Jones was also a poet, known by his bardic name of Talhaiarn. Jones is acknowledged as the first architect in Wales to have received a formal training, and this is the only building to have been designed exclusively by him. In 2008 the local rector applied to have the church closed. At that time it was listed at Grade II, but in August 2009 Cadw raised its Grade to II*, and in 2012 it was vested in the Friends of Friendless Churches.

Architecture

St Michael's is constructed in Pwntan sandstone quarried locally at Tan-y-Groes, and has slate roofs. Its plan consists of a nave, a north aisle, a south porch, and a chancel. At the west end is a stepped single bellcote with a coped gable, and at the northwest is a small octagonal turret. The windows are all lancets, with a three-light east window and a two narrow lancets at the west end of the nave. On the gables are cross finials.

Inside the church the walls are rendered, and support five oil lamps, three on the north walls and two on the south. The grey stone font dates from the 13th century, and was originally in the earlier church. It is square and stands on a thick cylindrical shaft and a square base with steps. The pews and pulpit are in stained pine. Between the nave and the north aisle is a pine screen, and the aisle contains pews that are smaller than those in the nave. In the chancel the choir stalls are also in stained pine, and have large poppyheads.

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