1. The History
Grade II Listed, St. David’s church is located in Bangor, North Wales. The church with its imposing Bell Tower was built in 1888 by the London based Sir Arthur Blomfield. Built in an early English Gothic style, it was intended as a memorial church to Dean Edwards under the benefaction of Elizabeth Atcherley Symes of Gorphwysfa and initially intended as a church for the railway community, it cost £8,000 (just over £1m in today’s money). The church closed in 2013 due to a falling congregation and increased running costs.

The church has recently been listed with Dafydd Hardy estate agents, with an asking price of £150,000, who describe the church as “demonstrating a dedication of skilled workmanship throughout, both to the exterior and interior. The church retains its original features with its imposing brick interior, vaulted ceiling and stained-glass windows.” It looks good value at that price as there is also a lower ground level with numerous rooms, all of a good size. Prospective purchasers face the usual restrictions with Grade II Listed Buildings i.e the building must not be used for the manufacture, distribution or sale of alcohol, religious use, immoral, sacrilegious, offensive or noisy purposes; use for the occult or psychic mediums(!), use as a club or for weddings. The property must cease to be called St David’s Church and must not be called by any name that is associated with its use as a church or the dedication ”David’.

A couple of archive pictures:

St Davids old pic 01 by HughieDW, on Flickr

slide_5 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And a floor plan:

Capture by HughieDW, on Flickr

In January 1983, the spire was removed from the top of the 100ft. free standing high tower.

2. The Explore
After drawing a bland with a number of chapels, I’d given up all hope of anything ecclesiastical turning up. We’d just been to check the near Lutsey hospital only to find it completely gone. Heading towards Holyhead I spotted the overgrown belfry and then as we drove past, I noticed the door wide open. Hence, I swiftly parked up and stuck my head round the door. There was a guy there from the estate agents showing someone around so I asked him if I could take some pictures. So, a luck explore. Timing is everything. I didn’t want to push my luck and got up the belfry so left it at that. At a guide price of just £150,000 it is tempting. Hope that it finds a new use where all the original features don’t get pulled out.

3. The Pictures

img7708 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img7706 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img7701 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img7699 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img7698 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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img7690 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img7689 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img7688 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img7686 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img7685 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img7684 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img7683 by HughieDW, on Flickr

StDavidsBangor 01 by HughieDW, on Flickr