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Parish Church of St Martin

A Grade II Listed Building in Eglwysbach, Conwy

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Latitude: 53.2183 / 53°13'5"N

Longitude: -3.7937 / 3°47'37"W

OS Eastings: 280328

OS Northings: 370527

OS Grid: SH803705

Mapcode National: GBR 64.18XV

Mapcode Global: WH65J.PCNM

Entry Name: Parish Church of St Martin

Listing Date: 23 June 1967

Last Amended: 12 November 1996

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 78

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: Prominently located in the centre of the village within a rubble-walled churchyard.

County: Conwy

Community: Eglwysbach (Eglwys-bach)

Community: Eglwysbach

Traditional County: Denbighshire

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A Medieval church on the site was rebuilt c1782 (when rededicated), though this incorporated earlier work at the W end; the builder/designer was Hugh Williams of Conway. A porch addition was added to the S in 1837 and R. Lloyd Williams, architect of Denbigh, inserted Gothic tracery in the nave windows in 1881-2, as part of a general restoration conceived in 1874.


Rubble construction with sandstone dressings and wide, slated roof to continuous, aisled nave and chancel; coped and kneelered gable parapets with stone Celtic cross surmounting E gable. 4-bay N and S sides with round-arched windows containing leaded tracery windows in Decorated style; 2-lights with quatrefoil above. Similar 3-light E window. High up at the W end, are 2-light arched-headed windows, presumably from the earlier church. S porch with coped and kneelered gable parapet and gable cross; slate roof. Stopped-chamfered reveals to pointed-arched opening and above, a stone plaque with inscribed date 1837. Round-arched inner doorway with plain impost blocks and keystone and flush 4-panel C18 door with C19 decorative ironwork. W tower with simply-moulded stringcourse and coping to parapet with obelisks at the corners; flagpole and weathervane. Extruded between the W wall and the tower are, on the S side, a former bier house, with hipped roof and boarded door, and on the N, a C19 boiler house.


Continuous nave and chancel with flanking aisles; slate-flagged floors. Plain round-arched arcades carried on square sandstone piers with moulded abaci. Coved plaster ceiling to nave/chancel; flat ceilings to aisles. Simple Victorian pitch-pine pews and octagonal font, together with reading desk and lectern. Plain late-Victorian organ by T.A. Ewing of Glasgow and Dumbarton. Early-Medieval octagonal stone font, re-used from the earlier church, with inscribed date 1731. On the W wall, a fine Royal Arms hatchment of George III, dated 1816. Stepped-up sanctuary and altar plinth with Victorian decorative tiles; oak altar rails with plain turned balusters. Large-field panelling behind altar with flanking, small-field panelling. Modern figurative glass to the E window with, to the L, a marble wall tablet to John Forbes of Bodnod, veteran of the American wars of Independence, d. 1823. A wooden well stair hugs the tower walls from first stage to the bell storey; flat, shaped balusters and oak rail (probably re-used earlier C18 material).

Reasons for Listing

A late C18 parish church in a prominent village location.

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