Description: City United Reformed Church
Date Listed: 19 May 1975
Cadw Building ID: 13831
OS Grid Coordinates: 318652, 176754
Latitude/Longitude: 51.4834, -3.1717
On corner with Windsor Lane.
1866 by Thomas Pilkington, of Edinburgh, for a Scottish Presbyterian congregation. Church originally of Greek cross plan with porches to W, N, and S arms, the last rising to form Tower with spire. Unusual style based on Early English Gothic but with North Italian influences, and Pilkington's individual spikiness. In 1873/4, hall added to rear, and church extended to accommodate organ. West front of church extended in 1893 by Col E M Bruce Vaughan, giving more conventional plan, with porch rebuilt on S in 2-storeyed form. The unusual W window was reduced in size, and the arches below blocked. In 1910 church gutted by fire and subsequently renovated again by Bruce Vaughan. North vestibule 1980 by Wyn Thomas & Partners. 1992, gallery converted to upper room; new vestibule and bookshop.
Cruciform plan with longer arm to W. Hammerbeam roof with carved stone angels and foliage corbels. Columns with foliage papitals to angles of crossing. W gallery converted to upper room but retaining wooden frontal; glass screened vestibule below. Raked floor with wooden pews. Polygonal Stone pulpit with green marble shafts, wooden sounding board above, organ behind. South transept stained glass; scenes from life of Christ illustrating virtues (1921).
Free Gothic style. Pennant stone with bathstone ashlar dressings; pink Radyr stone in voussoirs. Slate roofs laid in diminishing courses. Shallow curves to transeptal wings (N & S). West end gabled with stepped buttresses; unusual plate tracery window (flanked by piers and enclosed in wide trefoil head) of 4 columned trefoil ogee lights surmounted by plate tracery with sexfoil with rope moulding surrounded by band of multi-foils, decorated bathstone keystones in Radyr stone voussoirs. Below this, arcade of 2-centred arches above ground level plinth; quatrefoil windows over. To L, modern entrance block; to R, in angle with S porch, 2 Gothic windows to vestry with arcaded parapet. To S, 2-storey porch with 2-light window to upper floor, and doorway with Radyr stone voussoirs, deep cusping, flanking shafts with foliated capitals. South Tower surmounted by octagonal spire; 4 large louvered openings with Y-tracery and surmounted by steep gables attached to 4 sides at base of spire; at half-height 4 small gablets attached to alternate sides of spire; polygonal SW corner stair. South transept has round-plate-traceried window with 4 trefoils defining cruciform centre. Modern entrance vestibule to N.
Reason for Listing
Graded II*, despite alterations, a striking example of Pilkington's individualistic Gothic style.
J Newman, Glamorgan (Buildings of Wales Series), 1995, p192-193.
On corner with Windsor Lane.
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