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Latitude: 51.5133 / 51°30'47"N
Longitude: -3.2211 / 3°13'15"W
OS Eastings: 315361
OS Northings: 180078
OS Grid: ST153800
Mapcode National: GBR K67.QH
Mapcode Global: VH6F6.4708
Entry Name: Church of St. Mary
Listing Date: 19 May 1975
Last Amended: 31 May 2002
Source ID: 13673
Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary
Location: In the centre of the Community at the junction of Church Road, Merthyr Road and Penlline Road.
Community: Whitchurch (Yr Eglwys Newydd)
Built-Up Area: Cardiff
Traditional County: Glamorgan
1882-4 by J Prichard, the Llandaff diocesan architect. In Gothic style and similar to the same architect's St Catherine's Church, Kings Road (qv Riverside Community). North transept added 1920 as a memorial to WWI by G E Halliday, also the vestry. Whitchurch became a parish in 1845, it had previously been a chapelry of Llandaff. Previous to 1884 the parish church stood about 300m north-east of the present one. This was demolished in 1904 and the site is a memorial garden in Old Church Road.
The church is faced externally with Pennant sandstones of dark brown, pinkish and occasionally red colours all laid in regular courses, but rock faced, Bath stone dressings; sharp angles; battered bases to walls, plain tile roofs. Three bay nave; lower chancel; south-west tower with internal porch; no side aisles; added north transept, and vestry to chancel. Decorated style nave windows of 2-lights in 2-centred heads; south-west nave window of 4-lights, tracery with trefoils, quatrefoils and sexfoils. Chancel window of 3-lights in east gable and single and 2-lights in the south wall. Vestry also with gable end to street; 3-light window with rectangular heads. North wall with two square headed windows and two arched doors to the vestry and two windows to the nave as before. Tall 3-stage tower with embattled parapet and taller stair-turret at north-east corner with a small Caernarvon arch entry at the base. Porch with 2-centred entrance in base of tower; above this, single light cusped headed window, then circular clockface, then 2-light cusped headed louvred opening and finally string course below parapet, these openings are repeated on the other faces.
Interior plastered and painted (over polychromatic brick) with open boarded roofs. Plain Gothic style with most fittings and furnishings in place. Good C13 style font with conical wooden cover. Stone reredos. Five bay crown post roof to the nave, close set arch-braced tie beam roof to chancel. Nave windows 1913-14; west window by Celtic Studios, 1948; south chancel window by Alan Younger, 1980.
Included for its architectural interest as a little altered church by John Prichard, the diocesan architect of the period.
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