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Church of St. Mary

A Grade II Listed Building in Whitchurch, Cardiff

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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

Plus Code: 9C3RGQ7H+8H

Entry Name: Church of St. Mary

Listing Date: 19 May 1975

Last Amended: 31 May 2002

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

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.

County: Cardiff

Town: Cardiff

Community: Whitchurch (Yr Eglwys Newydd)

Community: Whitchurch

Built-Up Area: Cardiff

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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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.

Reasons for Listing

Included for its architectural interest as a little altered church by John Prichard, the diocesan architect of the period.

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  • II Bridge House
    Immediately opposite to Tabernacle Chapel and about 300m south-east of the Church of St. Mary.
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    Immediately opposite to Bridge House and about 300m south-east of the Church of St. Mary.
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  • II The Pines
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  • II Whitchurch War Memorial
    In the garden outside Whitchurch Library.
  • II Whitchurch Free Library
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