Things to see in St. Bridget's Church

St. Bridget's church is a wonderful building to explore for the evidence of centuries of use as the centre of community life.  Its greatest treasure is the Skenfrith Cope, conserved in 2012 and now installed in a new case.  The church is open every day to welcome visitors to see its treasures or to reflect in the stillness and offer lives in prayer to God.

St. Bridget's has six bells made by Thomas Rudhall in 1764.  They are unusual in being cast at the same time and each bell has an inscription, the second saying "When you us ring / We'll sweetly sing".  The tenor bell, which is still tolled at a funeral, reminds its hearers "The living to the church I call / And to the grave will summon all".  The treble has a coin imprint, which could be of the reign of George I, and the other bells bear names of the maker and churchwardens of the day.

Among the things to notice in the church are its great variety of pews.  There are two examples of finely carved medieval box pews.  The earliest example is the oak box pew from 1564 at the back of the church, known as the Morgan Pew.  The other, known as the Minstrel's Pew, is near the organ and appears to be made from parts of other pews.  The really heavy Jacobean pews with rounded ends date from 1600.  In the north aisle are examples of linked pews, which once had doors and filled the eighteenth century church. There are two polished 'chapel' pews near the door and the fine oak 'Art and Craft' pews fill the centre of the church and the choir were installed in 1910.

Pews

Bells

morgan pew detail

St. Bridget Lecturn

St. Bridget was an early Celtic saint who is commemorated in local places known as Llansantfraed. The lovely carving of a seated  St. Bridget by George Jack (c. 1909) which supports the Reading Desk has been exhibited, on loan, in the V & A, London.