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Latitude: 51.6144 / 51°36'51"N
Longitude: -3.4074 / 3°24'26"W
OS Eastings: 302645
OS Northings: 191558
OS Grid: ST026915
Mapcode National: GBR HM.9HMB
Mapcode Global: VH6DH.WPG8
Entry Name: Church of St Paul
Listing Date: 1 August 1996
Last Amended: 1 August 1996
Source ID: 17121
Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary
Location: Situated in a prominent position on hillside in N part of town.
County: Rhondda Cynon Taff
Community: Porth (Y Porth)
Built-Up Area: Porth
Traditional County: Glamorgan
Built 1886 by E M Bruce Vaughan with some later additions. Originally known as St Paul's Penrhiwgwynt in the Parish of Llanwonno it became part of new parish of Cymmer with Porth in 1890. Refurbished in 1925 by Herbert North, architect of Llanfairfechan - his only known work in South Wales.
Gothic. Of snecked rock faced sandstone, with ashlar dressings, rock faced quoins, decorative clay ridge tiles to chancel, apex crosses and Welsh slate roof. Comprises nave, slightly lower chancel, gabled lower N aisle added 1911, cross gabled S porch, belltower unusually at ESE corner. S frontage has cusped lancets with hoodmoulds and stops and intervening buttresses; belltower has narrow lights and cusped louvres; E and W nave windows have geometric tracery; N aisle has perp W and wide N windows; sillband and plinth. Surrounded E W and S by rubble stone wall with mostly saddleback coping to S and iron rails to E.
Of 5 bays open to simple hammer beam shape roof. Main interest is unusual bayed chancel screen of slender narrow pointed arches of painted wood and metal on stone plinth and richly painted wood reredos with emblems of the passion and saints under canopies, part of the 1925 refurbishment which also includes stained glass in E window by F C Eden and painted ceiling panels above altar.
Listed for the interest of its 1925 refurbishment by Herbert North and for its dominant position in the townscape.
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