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St David's Church, Bangor, North Wales, July 2020

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HughieD

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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:

50193831802_3ea58b2e54_c.jpgSt Davids old pic 01 by HughieDW, on Flickr

50193831812_4914b0bb84.jpgslide_5 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And a floor plan:

50193831817_45bfdbfd0d.jpgCapture 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

50167406168_ff0942966a_b.jpgimg7708 by HughieDW, on Flickr

50168202137_4e1bb81748_b.jpgimg7706 by HughieDW, on Flickr

50167407748_74fe649316_b.jpgimg7701 by HughieDW, on Flickr

50167941921_8a18f88be3_b.jpgimg7699 by HughieDW, on Flickr

50167942656_76dbdda3e4_b.jpgimg7698 by HughieDW, on Flickr

50167409593_0eed921343_b.jpgimg7695 by HughieDW, on Flickr

50168205052_6c0869edd1_b.jpgimg7690 by HughieDW, on Flickr

50168205202_af798c1ec0_b.jpgimg7689 by HughieDW, on Flickr

50167944301_0bd15111e5_b.jpgimg7688 by HughieDW, on Flickr

50168205847_c287a7aa35_b.jpgimg7686 by HughieDW, on Flickr

50167944946_4984ab09b8_b.jpgimg7685 by HughieDW, on Flickr

50168206352_caed3edc79_b.jpgimg7684 by HughieDW, on Flickr

50167412058_7cd0502062_b.jpgimg7683 by HughieDW, on Flickr

50168199277_7c313f95b6_b.jpgStDavidsBangor 01 by HughieDW, on Flickr
 

PhilW

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I looked up the building in the Buildings of Wales. It mentions the Ironwork as very important. I agreed from a visit over 20 years ago.
 

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That comment about the ironwork from PhilW is so right. It's beautiful. I do hope it isn't destroyed before someone can make sure it is safe for the future. Likewise the gates.
It's interesting that there is so much colour involved. The floor tiles are unusual for a church.
Love the leadlight windows, they are beautiful.
Reading what it can't be used for leaves me wondering what it will end up being. After all, it still looks like a church 😳
You did well HughieDW considering you were on 'borrowed time' with the real estate agent. :)
 

HughieD

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That comment about the ironwork from PhilW is so right. It's beautiful. I do hope it isn't destroyed before someone can make sure it is safe for the future. Likewise the gates.
It's interesting that there is so much colour involved. The floor tiles are unusual for a church.
Love the leadlight windows, they are beautiful.
Reading what it can't be used for leaves me wondering what it will end up being. After all, it still looks like a church 😳
You did well HughieDW considering you were on 'borrowed time' with the real estate agent. :)
Ha ha, never miss an opportunity if I can. Thought sneaking up the tower may have been pushing my luck mind...
 
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