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Church of Saint Hilary

A Grade II Listed Building in Erbistock, Wrexham

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Latitude: 52.9654 / 52°57'55"N

Longitude: -2.9606 / 2°57'38"W

OS Eastings: 335575

OS Northings: 341329

OS Grid: SJ355413

Mapcode National: GBR 77.K79Z

Mapcode Global: WH89C.HQDH

Plus Code: 9C4VX28Q+5P

Entry Name: Church of Saint Hilary

Listing Date: 13 February 1995

Last Amended: 13 February 1995

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 15167

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: Situated in Erbistock village close to the banks of the River Dee.

County: Wrexham

Community: Erbistock (Erbistog)

Community: Erbistock

Traditional County: Flintshire

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A church is recorded on or close to this site since the 13th century, and was originally dedicated to St. Erbin. The present building was erected 1859-61 as a memorial to Henry Ellis Boates of Rose Hill by his wife, and following her death was completed by their daughter Gertrude. Name of architect unknown.


Gothic-Revival style with Decorated and Early English elements. Red sandstone ashlar, slate roof, red ridge tiles. Polygonal apse, projecting S porch and vestry to N. The W. end is surmounted by a bell-cote with 3 bells and a crucifix finial. 3-light nave windows have Decorated style tracery and hoodmoulds with foliated stops, chancel windows are cusped lancets with hoodmoulds with stops in the form of male and female heads.


Nave and aisles under one roof; the nave arcade is of red sandstone with boldly carved capitals and polished granite piers. Chancel arch rises from corbels with attached granite shafts, step up to chancel, steps up to altar. Chancel windows are in a cusped arcade with polished granite shafts. Exposed timber scissor-braced roof to nave, ribs in chancel rise from stone corbels.

Furnishings: Caen stone pulpit with recessed quatrefoil designs and incised texts, octagonal font of similar design with oak lid. Oak reading desk with carved scene of the Annunciation, organ and pitch-pine organ case by Charles Whitely & Co., Chester; reredos of 1872 has central gabled niche with carved stone representation of Christ with bread and wine. Pews and choir furnishings pitch pine. Stained glass windows unattributed, mainly memorials to Boates family. Memorials on the S wall include late C18 and early C19 monuments from the earlier church on the site.

Reasons for Listing

listed as a mid C19 church with good interior and contemporary furnishings.

Group value with the Boat Inn and The Old Rectory.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II The Boat Inn PH
    Situated in Erbistock village near the end of a by-road running S off the A528 to the edge of the River Dee.
  • II The Old Rectory
    Situated In Erbistock Village 75m NW of St. Hilary's Church, reached from a by-road running S off A528.
  • II* Llan-y-Cefn
    Approached by a track adjacent to Gwalia, and about 1 km from the road, above the River Dee.
  • II Farm-Buildings and Icehouse at Llan-y-Cefn
    Built against the slop on the approach of Llan-y-Cefn.
  • II* Manley Hall
    Situated 600m NW of Erbistock reached from a track running SE off the A539.
  • II Mill House
    Situated 800m N of Erbistock on the E side of a road running S off the A528 from Overton Bridge.
  • II* The Groves (Also Known as Grove Farm)
    Situated at the end of a track running E off a by-road which runs S off the A528 to Erbistock.
  • II Gwalia
    Set back from the road west of Gwalia Farm, alongside the track leading to Llan-y-Cefn.

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