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Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea, St Winifred

A Grade II* Listed Building in Amlwch, Isle of Anglesey

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.4115 / 53°24'41"N

Longitude: -4.3514 / 4°21'5"W

OS Eastings: 243804

OS Northings: 393101

OS Grid: SH438931

Mapcode National: GBR HMMP.9HY

Mapcode Global: WH421.4J50

Entry Name: Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea, St Winifred

Listing Date: 12 December 2000

Last Amended: 12 December 2000

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 24455

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: In an elevated position, set back from the N side of the A5025 on the way out to Porth Llechog (Bull Bay).

County: Isle of Anglesey

Town: Amlwch

Community: Amlwch

Community: Amlwch

Built-Up Area: Amlwch

Traditional County: Anglesey

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History

C20 Roman Catholic church, built in the 1930s. Designed by G Rinvolucri, an Italian architect who was originally brought to Wales as a prisoner of war. He subsequently married a local woman, and lived and worked in north Wales, specialising in Roman Catholic churches. He also designed a number of other churches in Wales, including those at Abergele, and Porthmadog.

Exterior

Striking and individual Roman Catholic church which uses design elements embodying a nautical theme. The main body of the church is a high domed stressed concrete construction which has advanced ribs along its length, as the upturned hull of a boat. This is on a roughcast rendered plinth with portholes to each 'ribbed' bay. The entrance faces the road to the S, a dressed stone facade with raking sides, stepped up and surmounted by a plain stone cross. The main, central, entrance is reached by flanking flights of stone steps; a pointed arched doorway of 2 orders. Above the doorway is a star shaped light set within a mosaic surround. Below the main entrance, under the steps, is a square-headed doorway with flanking pointed arched windows. To the rear of the main body of the church is a flat roofed vestry accessed by a dog leg flight of stone steps with rubblestone walls; the top flight over a tall arch. A further doorway to the lower floor of the church is to the rear of the E wall.

Interior

The main entrance leads into a small vestibule with raking sides; further doorways lead into the S end of the main body of the church. The ribbing that is such a prominent feature of the exterior of the church also dominates the design of the interior; the body of the church illuminated by bands of geometrically patterned lights between the ribs. The lateral walls have marble panels which also follow the pattern of the ribs; to the top are paired panels, each with a moulded quatrefoil plaques depicting biblical scenes, plain paired panels below. The marbled panels continue at the far end of the church, raised up over round-headed doorways flanking a recess painted with a depiction of the crucifixion; star shaped lights follow the line of the domed arch.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a remarkable inter-war church, a highly unusual and experimental design which exploits the plastic qualities of its constructional material to create a powerfully expressive religious building.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Old National School
    Located on the N side of the A5025, on the lower side of the hillside leading down into Amlwch.
  • II Former stables-coachhouse at Mona Lodge
    Located on the N side of the B5111 (Mona Street) at its junction with Lodge Orchard; the stable-coachhouse block is set at right angles to No. 4 Mona Lodge (the E wing of the house).
  • II Bryntirion
    Set well back from the road on the N side of the B5111, to ENE of Mona Lodge; c250m WSW of the Church of St Eleth.
  • II No.4 Mona Lodge
    Located on the N side of the B5111 (Mona Street) at its junction with Lodge Orchard; No. 4 occupies the wing at the far R (E) end of the large town house.
  • II Mona Lodge
    Located on the N side of the B5111 (Mona Street) at its junction with Lodge Orchard; No. 2 is to the R (E) end of the main part of the large town house.
  • II Mona Lodge
    Located on the N side of the B5111 (Mona Street) at its junction with Lodge Orchard; No. 2 is to the L (W) end of the main part of the large town house.
  • II Mona Lodge
    Located on the N side of the B5111 (Mona Street) at its junction with Lodge Orchard; No. 1 occupies the wing at the far L (W) end of the large town house.
  • II Dinorben Arms Hotel
    Located along the W side of Queen Street, directly SW of the Church of St Eleth.

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