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Church of St Mary of the Angels R.C.

A Grade II Listed Building in Riverside, Cardiff

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Latitude: 51.483 / 51°28'58"N

Longitude: -3.1962 / 3°11'46"W

OS Eastings: 317030

OS Northings: 176685

OS Grid: ST170766

Mapcode National: GBR KDL.9B

Mapcode Global: VH6F6.KZ4H

Plus Code: 9C3RFRM3+6G

Entry Name: Church of St Mary of the Angels R.C.

Listing Date: 19 May 1975

Last Amended: 24 May 2002

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 13746

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: A prominent building in the centre of the Community about 400m north-east of Canton Cross.

County: Cardiff

Town: Cardiff

Community: Riverside

Community: Riverside

Locality: Canton

Built-Up Area: Cardiff

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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Foundation stone laid January 1907, church completed by November 1907; designed by F A Walters, the architect of Buckfast Abbey. Tower built 1916.


The church is built of roughly dressed Pennant sandstone of different rectangular or square size and laid in parallel courses; sharply cut Bath stone ashlar dressings. Nave, side aisles, chapel of the Sacred Heart at east end of north aisle and Chapel of St. Anne at east end of south aisle, north-west tower. Late C12 French style. The west entrance front has a tall gabled centre bay rising to the apex of the nave; tall round-headed arch rising almost to full height of bay with round-headed Romanesque doorway with three orders and paired doors recessed within it on the ground floor and with tall round-headed windows above; corbel table and arcading between the entrance arch and the windows. To either side is a narrower bay with parapet; rounded-headed openings, single and paired with arcading at the top level. Gabled priests' doorway in two storey wing to right. The side walls of the nave have triple clerestorey lights in large semi-circular arches with strip pilasters between, corbel table, steeply pitched roof. The north aisle has single light windows with strip pilasters between and paired stone bands. The south aisle is hidden, as is the east gable wall. Tall north-west tower which was part of the original design but built later. Four stages with projecting stair turret on the west wall. The ground stage has a small apse with three slit windows to Kings Road and two single light windows to Talbot Road. Clasping corner buttresses with a central srip buttress, both to full height, bands between stages at cill levels. The first stage has paired round headed lights, the second stage has two tall strip lights and the belfry has paired louvred openings, castellated parapet.


Nave of three and a half bays with a further east bay as the sanctuary and a further west half-bay as a triple arched narthex with organ gallery over. Each bay of nave arcade with paired round-headed arches, central column with waterleaf capital and with three round-headed clerestorey windows within semi-circular arch above the arcade. The east Sanctuary wall has a round-headed tripartite reredos of marble with three round-headed windows in the wall above. Boarded tunnel-vault roof. Each bay of north aisle with single round-headed window, timber lean-to roof. The south aisle is blind with a range of confessionals.

Reasons for Listing

Included as a very good Roman Catholic church designed by a notable Edwardian architect in the field.

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