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Church of St Peter

A Grade II Listed Building in Broughton (Brychdyn), Wrexham

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.0649 / 53°3'53"N

Longitude: -3.0332 / 3°1'59"W

OS Eastings: 330859

OS Northings: 352463

OS Grid: SJ308524

Mapcode National: GBR 74.BTZL

Mapcode Global: WH88Y.C7V6

Entry Name: Church of St Peter

Listing Date: 1 December 1995

Last Amended: 20 October 2008

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 6633

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: Towards the top of Church Road, which is at the NE of Brynteg, running EW between Wrexham Road and Victoria Road

County: Wrexham

Community: Broughton (Brychdyn)

Community: Broughton

Locality: Brynteg

Built-Up Area: Wrexham

Traditional County: Denbighshire

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History

Established as a mission church in 1894, the church became a Capel of Ease to Saint Paul's Church, Pentre Broughton, in 1908. It owed its establishment to the Reverend Meredith Hamer, who had been curate at Berse Drelincourt for a time but resigned from the ministry in 1885. With his wife Margaret, he was a major benefactor of the church in this area: the building was extended to the west in 1916, and the furnishings were installed at that time, the gift of Margaret Hamer, and the work of Cecil Hare.

Exterior

Rock-faced stone, heavy slate roof with tiled ridge cresting. 4-bay nave articulated by slim pilaster buttresses with gabled porch to north and lean-to vestry to south; chancel with flat roofed vestry to north. Gabled north porch has plain hood mould to simple chamfered doorway; broad lancet windows throughout, but paired traceried lights to west, and reticulated tracery in 3-light east window.

Interior

Three and a half bay nave, expressed by scissor-braced principal trusses sprung from cusped wall-posts and braces, and with closely spaced rafters. Chancel has closely spaced scissor-braced rafters. The furnishings form a complete series of exceptional quality - the work of Cecil Hare. Font in centre of half-bay to west has octagonal basin on cylindrical shaft raised up steps. It is surmounted by a traceried panelled tester, its canopy enriched by finely worked vine-scroll and fret-work. Gilded suns enrich its panelled underside. Chancel separated by screen with 4 traceried panels to either side of the central archway: linen-fold panelling with quatrefoil bands, openwork and fine filigree tracery. Central arch has ogival tracery, and the screen is surmounted by a fleur-de-lys frieze. The pulpit is integral to the north of the screen, and is similarly enriched with open-work panelling. The linen-fold choir stalls form part of the same decorative scheme, as do the communion rails which are enriched with a quatrefoil band. Finely worked reredos comprising a a series of panels enriched with free-standing tracery, and containing gilded emblems of the evangelists flanking a pair of rejoicing angels holding a wreath. To either side of the reredos, traceried panels house bright painted angels each carrying a scroll. Stained glass in east window - a painterly scheme probably by Burlison and Grylles: the crucifixion in a spacious landscape.

Reasons for Listing

Listed grade II as a simple late Victorian church with an early 20th century interior scheme of exceptional quality and completeness.

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