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Pontyberem – Eglwys y Groes (Holy Cross)

Heol y Bryn, Pontyberem, Carmarthen SA15 5AG

A small and utilitarian design of the 1990s, replacing a church of 1966.

The church replaced a building of 1966 which had developed structural problems. Seating about 100, it was built from designs by Jocelyn Rees of Watkins Rees of Ammanford (builder T. R. Jones of Ammanford). The cost of about £65,000 was met in part by the sale of the presbytery. The church opened on 7 May 1991. It is served from St Mary, Carmarthen (qv).


The church is a simple structure consisting of a nave with a lower west porch or entrance lobby, both under pitched roofs. The walls of the porch are of red brick, those of the nave faced in roughcast, with roof coverings of concrete tiles. The porch has a central doorway with a single window in each side wall. The side walls of the nave have five rectangular window openings with diamond-paned clear glazing. The east end wall is blind. Inner glass doors have etched designs carried out by Ormsby of Scarisbrick. The interior has plain plastered side and rear walls and a cambered plastered ceiling. The sanctuary consists of a raised platform across the liturgical east end. The east wall is of barefaced yellow brick and the same material is used for the altar plinth (the mensa is of Forest of Dean stone), the tabernacle stand and two flanking candle shelves. The crucifix against the east wall came from the old church, and was presented by Bishop Langton Fox of Menevia, who in turn had been presented it by the monks of Farnborough Abbey. The chairs in the nave, the timber font and other simple furnishings appear to be contemporary with the building.

Heritage Details

Architect: Jocelyn Rees

Original Date: 1991

Conservation Area: No

Listed Grade: Not Listed