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Church of St Bridget

A Grade II Listed Building in Corwen, Denbighshire

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Latitude: 52.9821 / 52°58'55"N

Longitude: -3.3252 / 3°19'30"W

OS Eastings: 311127

OS Northings: 343571

OS Grid: SJ111435

Mapcode National: GBR 6R.J2RY

Mapcode Global: WH781.W9RP

Plus Code: 9C4RXMJF+RW

Entry Name: Church of St Bridget

Listing Date: 1 February 1995

Last Amended: 1 February 1995

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 15542

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: Towards the W end of the village, on the N side of the main street, in the angle with the road leading up to Morfydd.

County: Denbighshire

Community: Corwen

Community: Corwen

Locality: Carrog

Traditional County: Merionethshire

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The original parish church of Llansantffraid Glyn Dyfrdwy (later re-named Carrog), was sited close to the river, but was swept away in a flood in the early C17. The present church was built in 1611, but was then extensively restored in 1852. This involved the substitution of open seating, the removal of a N gallery, the addition of a vestry and belfry, and renewal of the window stonework. During further restoration work in 1867, the W gallery was removed, and the chancel rebuilt.


Roughly coursed rubble (including boulder stones) in N wall of nave and porch: S wall of well-coursed and squared slate, the W wall rendered. Nave and chancel, with vestry (rebuilt in 1911) to NW, and S porch which is part of the original C17 building. Gabled double bell-cote on W gable. S porch with heavy curved principal truss to roof, and steep segmental archway to inner door. Panel tracery to windows of 2 and 3-lights (all late C19 insertions). Paired foiled lancets to chancel N and S, and 3-light reticulated traceried E window.


Simple interior with mainly late C19 fittings, but fine early C17 nave roof of 7 bays with curved principal trusses with collar struts and 3 purlins. Chancel extensively reconstructed in 1867, but its roof also appears to be C17, with semi-circular trusses in which the kingposts and braces are cusped, and with elaborate cusped wind-braces. Low stone screen separates nave from chancel, with octagonal wood panelled pulpit at the N end. Encaustic tiles to sanctuary, and stone reredos by Earp. Stained glass in E window by Clayton and Bell. SE window of nave may also be by Clayton and Bell. The other nave windows form a series, dated between 1841 and 1848. Said by D.R.Thomas to be the work of an amateur, they were apparently originally in the chancel and were only later removed to the nave. Wall memorial to S of nave, Elizabeth Roberts, d.1798. Font may be medieval and was possibly salvaged from the earlier church: a simply hewn basin with moulded rim and base.

Reasons for Listing

The church is of special interest as an early C17 building, which has a fine original roof, and C19 fittings of some quality.

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  • II Llan House
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  • II Llan Farmhouse
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  • II Ty'n-Llwyn Farmhouse
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  • II* Pont Carrog
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  • II Carreg Afon Farmhouse
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  • II Pen-y-Bont Farmhouse
    On the left hand side of the road which leads from Llidiart y Parc to Carrog, close to the River Dee.

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