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All Saints' Church

A Grade II Listed Building in Ruabon, Wrexham

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Latitude: 52.9702 / 52°58'12"N

Longitude: -2.9978 / 2°59'52"W

OS Eastings: 333085

OS Northings: 341890

OS Grid: SJ330418

Mapcode National: GBR 75.JY0T

Mapcode Global: WH89B.XLMV

Plus Code: 9C4VX2C2+3V

Entry Name: All Saints' Church

Listing Date: 22 February 1995

Last Amended: 22 February 1995

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 15724

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: Situated in a rectangular walled churchyard in Bryn Pen-y-Lan and reached from a by-road running S off the A539.

County: Wrexham

Community: Ruabon (Rhiwabon)

Community: Ruabon

Locality: Pen-y-Lan

Traditional County: Denbighshire

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Built for James Ormrod 1887-9 by Bolton architect R. Knill Freeman in memory of Ormrod's wife Cordelia. Ormrod inherited Pen-y-Lan Hall from his brother-in-law Thomas Hardcastle of the Bolton manufacturers Ormrod & Hardcastle.


Fairly free architectural treatment with some C14 detailing reminiscent of the later years of the Austin & Paley practice. Red sandstone blocks with horizontal tooling laid in courses; courses of smaller narrower blocks interspersed. Tiled roof with iron crucifix finial at east end and a bellcote with three bells over the chancel arch. Polygonal east end, projecting porch to N and large vestry to S. Stepped buttresses with blind tracery detailing, carved heads and grotesques at eaves, porch is gabled. Chancel windows are flat-headed with C14 style tracery, others with tracery of various historical styles.

Red sandstone crenellated churchyard wall and lych gate.


Aisless with barrel-vault roof to nave and chancel, that in the latter with painted and stencilled designs and texts in gold, black and green. Wide chancel arch, steps up to chancel which has floor of encaustic tiles, steps up to altar.

Furnishings: Font at W end, stone with marble stem; oak pulpit on sandstone base N side of chancel arch; oak pews, oak chancel screen with rood and open arcading with ironwork by Worrall; ornate carved choir furnishings: organ by H.H. Whitely of Chester with painted and stencilled pipes; ornate carved reredos with panels painted by A.O. Hemming signed and dated 1907. A scheme of good painted and stained glass in chancel, probably by the Lancaster firm Shrigley & Hunt.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as an architectural design of some distinction with an unusually good contemporary interior scheme.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Front Lodge
    Situated 250m SE of All Saints' Church at Bryn Pen-y-lan.
  • II Gate Piers and Gates beside Front Lodge
    Situated adjacent to Front Lodge which is 250m SE of All Saints' Church at Bryn Pen-y-lan.
  • II Crab Mill
    On the south side of a lane which runs west from the small hamlet of Pen-y-lan, immediately east of Wynnstay Park.
  • II Wyfydd
    Situated within a field immediately to the NW of Lower Farm, 1.7 kilometres due W of Erbistock. Reached by a footpath from the by-road that runs S off the A 539 through Bryn Pen-y-Lan.
  • II L-Shaped Stables at Pen-Y-Lan Hall
    Situated to the NW of Pen-y-Lan Hall.
  • II Gateway and attached Walls to NW of Pen-Y-Lan Hall
    Situated between Pen-y-lan Hall and the L-shaped stables; Pen-y-lan Hall is situated in its own grounds to south of Bryn Pen-y-lan.
  • II Pen-Y-Lan Hall
    Situated in its own grounds 800m S of Bryn Pen-y-Lan reached by a private road running off the by-road that runs S off the A539 through Bryn Pen-y-Lan.
  • II Bryn House
    On the W side of a by-road which runs off the A539 through Pen-y-Lan.

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