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Church of St George

A Grade II Listed Building in Rhos-on-Sea, Conwy

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.3059 / 53°18'21"N

Longitude: -3.7432 / 3°44'35"W

OS Eastings: 283940

OS Northings: 380184

OS Grid: SH839801

Mapcode National: GBR 2Z96.DN

Mapcode Global: WH655.G5RH

Entry Name: Church of St George

Listing Date: 9 September 1994

Last Amended: 9 September 1994

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 14826

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: On the corner with Saint George’s Road.

County: Conwy

Community: Rhos-on-Sea (Llandrillo-yn-Rhos)

Community: Rhos-on-Sea

Locality: Rhos on Sea

Built-Up Area: Colwyn Bay

Traditional County: Denbighshire

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History

Built in 1913, and designed by L W Barnard, architect, of Cheltenham. The tower was not completed until 1965.

Exterior

Coursed and squared rock-faced rubble, with sandstone dressings, and plain tiled roofs. Cruciform plan, with west tower, nave with clerestory, 2 aisles, transepts and chancel. Perpendicular style, with panel tracery to windows. West tower is undivided, with clasping buttresses and embattled parapet. 3-light W window in chamfered arch, and a similar window to N. Sunk pilasters towards the top, and 3-light flat headed windows with hood moulds. Shallow pyramidal roof on louvred base. Flat-roofed aisles, articulated by buttresses as 4 bays. 3-light window in each bay. Gabled N porch with chamfered archway. Plain chamfered S doorway. 3-light flat headed windows to clerestory. Transepts house vestry to N and Lady chapel to S, with high-set 4-light windows. 3-light windows to N and S of chancel, and 7-light E window with panel tracery, and a fleuron at the crest of its arch forming a rib to the finial of the gable.

Interior

High pointed arch with plain responds to W bay under tower; nave arcade of 4 bays, Perpendicular (probably derived from the mother church of Saint Trillo), deeply moulded shallow arches on clustered shafts. 4-centred chancel arch with plain responds. Roof has plain cambered trusses spring from wall-posts and plain boarded ceiling. Very delicate open-work timber chancel screen, traceried in 2 tiers, and with vaulted canopy. Simpler screen separates the Lady Chapel from the S aisle. Octagonal pulpit, richly carved with linen-fold, open-work tracery, niches with angels etc. Ornate communion rails to sanctuary incorporate statues in niches on the timber posts, and roses in wrought iron panels. Linen-fold panels set in Perpendicular traceried wall panelling with vine-scroll frieze to sanctuary. Altar and reredos form a piece, erected in memory of Louisa Chambres, 1913: altar has traceried panelled frontal, vaulted out to traceried open-work ‘valence’. Reredos has low relief of the Last Supper flanked by statues of Saints George and Trillo, set behind intricate openwork vinescroll and foliate frieze. Shallow canted side pieces, suggesting the hinged panels of a triptych. Lady Chapel also has oak altar and reredos, similarly detailed though slightly simplified.

Stained glass: E window erected as a War memorial by public subscription: the crucifixion, possibly derived from the E window in the mother church of Saint Trillo; E window of Lady Chapel, also a War memorial, and from the same studio. S aisle windows also mainly private War memorials. All these windows form a clear series, though only one is signed - A O Hemming, of London.

Reasons for Listing

An interesting early C20 church which combines historical references (especially to the mother church of Saint Trillo) with a contemporary approach to massing and spatial planning. The church has a fine series of stained glass windows, and good furnishings.

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