During our shopping trip to Carmarthen yesterday we popped into St Peter’s Church. This is a church that we have passed many, many times before but had never ventured over the threshold. Maybe as it was pouring down with rain this was a chance to stay dry and visit a church that has the remains of Rhys ap Thomas, who supposedly had killed Richard 111 on the battlefield at Bosworth Field. (Richard III (2 October 1452 – 22 August 1485) was King of England from 1483 until his death in 1485, at the age of 32, in the Battle of Bosworth Field. He was the last king of the House of York and the last of the Plantagenet dynasty.)
There’s a very good website telling the story of the church : http://www.netministries.org/churches/spetercarm
The door opened from the porch into the church and before us at the end of the nave was a magnificent stained glass window. The side walls of the church also had wonderful windows with beautiful patterns and colours.
The church was surprisingly large inside with dozens of pews – all of which has little doors on the end which one had to open to step up into a pew to sit and reflect.
There were a few side chapels and a lovely pulpit, lectern and altar. Near the lectern was the tomb of Rhys ap Thomas. The top of the tomb could be viewed by looking in the mirror conveniently placed above it.
We shall definitely revisit the church and discover more about its history as even on a wet and dismal day it felt very welcoming and full of interest.