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St Cynfach's Church

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Map ReferenceSJ35NW
Grid ReferenceSJ3096558387
Unitary (Local) AuthorityFlintshire
Old CountyFlintshire
Type Of SiteCHURCH
PeriodPost Medieval
Church first mentioned 1254. Double-nave type, S chamber early medieval with later extension; the arcade, N aisle and W tower are Perpendicular. C19 restoration. Constructed of freestone and sandstone rubble, sandstone dressings, and slate roof. Of particular interest is the four stage battlemented W tower with fine Tudor-arched moulded entrance, 3-light pointed-arch bell windows with intersecting tracery to fourth level, and shallow-pitched pyramidal slate roof. Interior features include a c1500 7-bay arched-braced collar truss roof with trefoil and quatrefoil cusping at the truss apexes in the S aisle, and two C16 wall paintings in Black Letter Gothic script and a carved Royal Arms in the N aisle. (Source CADW listed buildings database)
J Hill 10.09.2003
1] Inscriptions (illeg)
Two inscriptions in S side of N. aisle, neitherlegible: black letter text in red & yellow borders.
[a] above W pier, in elaborate ?17th C frame
[b] above 3rd pier from E, in circular frame. Possible date of 1553.
AJP '73
[2] Decalogue (reset frag) (E)
Decalogue: reset fragment of 4th Commandment in English plus bits: 16th-17th C black letter text
AJP '73
[3] Royal Arms, repainted 1825
N wall, Royal Arms in bas-relief marble (?plaster); arms pre-1800 repainted with date, new initials (G III R) and motto in 1825
AJP '73
[5] Royal Arms (canvas)
[5] Under tower, Royal Arms on canvas in oils; George III, heraldry as 1800, very naive
AJP '73
[6] Table of benefactions (boards)
Table of Benefactions, oils on boards, dated 1723
AJP '73
7] St Christopher? (frag reset)
[7] S wall opposite doorway - fragments identified as St Christopher, alleged early 16th C
[8] 'Other fragments found on the sanctuary walls..'
AJP '73
Source: RCAHMW Wallpaintings database. 2004.09.10/RCAHMW/SLE