The South Porch
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Entering the church via the South Porch you are immediately struck by a majestic frieze above the heavy wooden door.Thankfully spared by the ravages of Cromwells men the centre-piece is a Tympanum, God in majesty supporting the crucified Christ. It is not the Holy Trinity, there is no dove, no Holy Spirit.
The carving immdiately above is suggestive of the triple crown. There is also a winged heart, angels, bishops and saints. Sadly, the supporting statues are gone, along with the Holy Water Stoup. An interserting feature is tyhe combined coats of arms of England and France, these belonged to Llywarch ap Bran, 'Son of the Crow', one of twelve 12th Century prebends of College of St. Cybi. They flank the Tympanum
To crown this glorious carving there is the superb ceiling. designed by Sir Gilbert Scott and featuring the Tudor rose at it's centre. It sits timelesslessly and elegantly above the much earlier carvings.