St Michael and all Angels Church (Llanmihangel)
The church situated in Llanmihangel is a 13th century building of Early English style giving the visitor the impression of a building steeped in history. Although there may have been an older church situated on this site prior to the current one no record of it now exists.
These days the church is entered by the Victorian South Porch added in 1887, in 1888-1889 additional restoration work was carried out and a large east window installed together with a new roof and floor boards.
Inside the church there is a wonderful calm atmosphere that feels a million miles away from the modern world this is helped by the lack of both water and electricity meaning that oil lamps are still used to light the interior. The floor is decorated with Victorian panels, the roof is a fine oak-boarded ‘wagon’,ceiling.
The pulpit has very typical Tudor style flower decorations and a finely sculpted head of Christ while the font is of Norman design, simple and cut from Sutton stone (quarried 4 miles from Bridgend).
The tower and belfrey houses a single bell dated 1636 and has the inscription “EXULTEMVS NOMEN DOMINI” – (Let Us Praise The Name of the Lord) and interesting and unusually feature in the Saddle Back Tower is the Dove Core above the belfry with nesting and perching holes constructed with in the internal face of the stone walls, there are also nesting and perching holes up the exterior of the tower as well. Another interesting feature is a wall stone from a stone grave slab/coffin with the inscription “Griffithe Grant deceased the x4 day of May Anno Domini 1591”
The surrounding graveyard though well looked after has many old graves as well as a magnificent old yew tree situated in the south-east corner. Though long filled in the old fish pond was situated to the west of the graveyard over looked by Plas Llangmihangel.
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