About this church
St Govan is said to have been a 6th century Irish monk, who may not have come to Pembrokeshire until he was an old man, by which time he was an Abbot. Legend says that he was being chased by brigands when a fissure opened in the cliff face, allowing St Govan to slip inside, and closing up after him.
After the brigands had gone St Govan emerged but stayed on, building the chapel and living in the tiny cell that can still be seen behind it. He died in 586 and is said to be buried under the floor of the chapel.
The building is tiny and very simple, its interior containing only the most basic stone altar. There is debate as to its age, some saying it is post Norman, some saying 10th century, or even before.
In medieval times this was a place of pilgrimage, with a holy well (now long dry) whose water was said to be good for such things as eye complaints.