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Christ Church

A Grade II Listed Building in Halkyn, Flintshire

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Latitude: 53.229 / 53°13'44"N

Longitude: -3.2199 / 3°13'11"W

OS Eastings: 318663

OS Northings: 370914

OS Grid: SJ186709

Mapcode National: GBR 6W.0JD0

Mapcode Global: WH76Y.H3YD

Plus Code: 9C5R6QHJ+J2

Entry Name: Christ Church

Listing Date: 31 January 2002

Last Amended: 31 January 2002

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 26195

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: In a walled churchyard on the W side of the village, on the N side of a minor road between Rhes-y-cae and Lixwm.

County: Flintshire

Town: Holywell

Community: Halkyn (Helygain)

Community: Halkyn

Locality: Rhes-y-cae

Traditional County: Flintshire

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Built in 1846 by Ambrose Poynter, architect, to serve the growing mining community in the area.


Simple Gothic style church comprising nave and chancel under a single roof, of coursed rubble and slate roof behind coped gables. A gabled W bellcote has a single bell in an arched opening. Low angle buttresses are of dressed stone. Openings all have plain chamfers. The S doorway is set back from the W end of the nave, and has double doors with scrolled strap hinges. To its L is a single lancet, with 4 lancets further R. A lower gabled vestry is attached to the S side of the chancel, which has a brick end stack. Its doorway in the W wall has a shouldered lintel and door with strap hinges. In its S wall is a single lancet.

The chancel E wall has 3 stepped lancets and a sill band. On the N side nave and chancel have 8 lancets. The W wall has lancets with sill bands flanking a central buttress.


The nave has an 8-bay king-post roof with diagonal struts, and a cornice with painted inscription in Welsh. A panelled screen is below the westernmost truss. An added late C19 chancel screen is of 7 lights with panelling below open cusped lights. The chancel has glazed encaustic tiles and Gothic reredos with blind arches.

The octagonal freestone font stands on a square base. The polygonal panelled pulpit is integral with the chancel screen. The open arcaded wooden communion rail, an integral feature of the original church, has pierced spandrels. The pews and choir stalls have simple mouldings. In the E window is a figure of Christ as the Good Shepherd by Ward & Hughes of London, dated 1884.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a church in the simple Gothic style favoured in the second quarter of the C19 before the ecclesiological revival of the mid century.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Beehive Pigsty at Peacock Farm
    On the W side of the house, which is reached by a track and is 150m NNE of the parish church.
  • II Waen Farm
    Approximately 1.3km E of Lixwm village and set back on the N side of a minor road between Lixwm and Rhes-y-cae.
  • II Bryn Idris
  • II The Stores House
    Approximately 400m SE of the parish church, set back from the main road through the village leading to Moel-y-crio.
  • II Stable at Black Lion Farm
    In the yard on the W side of the house.
  • II Black Lion Farm
    An isolated house on the E side of Rhes-y-cae and on the S side of a minor road between Rhes-y-cae and Moel-y-crio.
  • II Lime Kilns
    On Halkyn Mountain, approximately 0.7km E of Rhes-y-cae village on the N side of a minor road between Rhes-y-cae and Halkyn. A quarry is on the E side of the kilns.
  • II Ffagnallt
    Approximately 1km S of Rhes-y-cae and reached by farm road on E side of a minor road between Rhes-y-cae and Cilcain.

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