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St Michael's Church, Bosherston
Grid reference: SR969950
Location: 51°37’12"N, 4°55’48"W
Population: 300
Post town: Pembroke
Postcode: SA71
Dialling code: 01646
Local Government
Council: Pembrokeshire
Preseli Pembrokeshire

Bosherston is a small village and ancient parish in Pembrokeshire, all within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Bosherston has a population of approximately 300.

There is a pub, the St Govan's Inn and a café serving light refreshments during the summer.

About the village

Below the village is its beach, Broad Haven South and close by are the lily ponds of the Stackpole Estate: both the beach and the estate are owned and maintained by the National Trust.

Two miles to the south of Bosherston nestled between the steep cliffs of the south Pembrokeshire coastline is St Govan's Chapel. It is free to visit, although the only access is down steep steps carved into the side of the cliff. The adjacent St Govan's Head is the most southerly point of the county.

Bosherston Church

The small parish church of is St Michael and All Angels. It is a Grade-II* listed [1] Norman church of the late 13th century, built on the site of a former church. The building is in the form of a cross, having north and south transepts. Since its restoration by the Cawdor family in 1855, its highbacked old pews have disappeared and its Norman windows have been replaced by those of later Gothic design.

Under the North Transept window there is the tomb of a Dowager Duchess of Buckingham, an antecedent of the Duke of Norfolk. The fact that she was a widow may be gathered from the veil and cloak shown on the figure carved on the tomb. That she was of noble birth can be seen by the coronet on her head and the dog at her feet. Under the South Transept window there is a stone tomb surmounted by a figure depicting a Crusader. It is thought to have been carved in the 14th century.

On the North wall of the church there are brass tablets commemorating the men of the parish who lost their lives in the First World War, those who served in the Armed Forces in the Second World War and a coastguard killed on duty.

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