St Mellons Parish Church – Grade 1 listed

The first records for this church (we are told) appear in 1254. It is dedicated to St Mellonius, the first Bishop of Rouen.


As you enter the church by the porch notice the plaque which tells you that the doors are constructed out of timbers from HMS Temeraire.

The font is where we make and welcome newFont - Norman Pier┬áChristians into God’s family. It is medieval and octagonal. Remains of a Norman pier were found during a C19th restoration.

As you walk down the aisle the windows on the left are in the perpendicular style (C15th-16th), whilst the west window is in the decorated style (C14th). The stained glass is C20th but illustrates how medieval churches would have told stories. One window tells of the Good Samaritan and is in memory of Lord Cope.



The East Window

On the right of the nave going down is a modern tapestry made and donated by children from St Mellons Church in Wales School in 2000. It tells the story of St Mellonius who cast out devils in the form of monkeys.

As you go further down the nave, on your left you will see a door. This was originally the entrance to the rood loft. Near the door is a model of HMT St Mellons. The ensign comes from the tug and some say that you can see enemy bullet holes in it, although I’ve heard a somewhat different story!

The chancel and sanctuary are worth looking, the sanctuary window containing three panels each showing the birth, death and resurrection of Christ.

To the right of the chancel is the Lady Chapel which contains some interesting early C20th graffiti donated by our illustrious forefathers. Look carefully on the ribbon pointing. The Lady Chapel also contains a piscina used for washing hands at the eucharist. To the left of the chancel is the Llanrumney Chapel, so called because it was used by the local squire who once lived in Llanrumney Hall (now a pub!) They were once part of the Morgan family, who owned Tredegar House and counted Captain Henry Morgan amongst their most famous antecedants.

The parish is justifiably proud of a beautiful ring of six bells, lovingly restored and maintained in recent years. They are much in demand from visiting ringers and go back to the early C18th.


In the churchyard there are two items of interest. First is the Hemingway Memorial, consisting of plinth, base and column. The column appears to be fractured and I am often regaled with stories that it was struck by lightning. The truth is that it is a metaphor for life. At the bottom of the churchyard is the stump of a churchyard cross. Both these items are Grade 2 listed.