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St. Mary’s Church, Rhossili

St Mary’s Church in Rhossili stands on the cliff top to avoid the impact of the wind, sea and sand. The construction of the church followed a huge storm in the early 13th century, when the original church was engulfed in a mountain of sand. The site of this original church and the old Rhossili settlement is now protected by law as a Scheduled Monument. You may spot some of the excavated walls of the old settlement along the steep pathway to the beach.

It is believed that the existing arched doorway, thought to be a very rare and a fine example of Norman architecture, was rescued from the original church and rebuilt in its current position. The slightly lop-sided appearance of the archway you see today is apparently because some of the stones went missing and the archway was rebuilt without them!